Gravel sales proposal delayed a month |

Gravel sales proposal delayed a month

The view of the Pine Nuts near where a gravel pit is proposed.
Kurt Hildebrand |

A request to sell gravel to offset the cost of building a sewer pond above the East Valley has been delayed until November.

Douglas County Sewer District No. 1 could be heard by Douglas County planning commissioners at their Nov. 10 meeting.

Sewer District officials have been proposing selling gravel from the district’s land at the end of Stockyard Road since 2011.

That first effort was withdrawn after a Douglas County Planning Commission denial.

In September 2014, the proposal was presented to county commissioners. Estimates at the time were that one of the ponds could cost up to $10 million to excavate.

A new sewer pond was approved by planning commissioners in December 2014, prompting what was essentially a political campaign that included signs, paid advertising and a web site in opposition.

Under their current approval, the sewer district could begin excavation of the pond, but couldn’t sell the material.

In order to mine gravel on the site, Douglas County commissioners must approve a special use permit. If approved, a contractor would run the operation on behalf of the district.

One of the major issues was the prospect of truck traffic through Valley neighborhoods.

Sewer District Chairman Mike Bradford said the district took public response into account in finding a new route across Bently lands. That route would connect Stockyard Road with Muller Lane via Heybourne, and would require a traffic signal at the intersection of Highway 395 and Muller, north of Minden, proponents said.

The Douglas County Sewer District treats sewage from Stateline and pumps the effluent over Kingsbury Grade to a lined holding pond in the Pine Nut Mountains that they share with the Minden Gardnerville Sanitation District.

The district owns 1,000 acres of land in the Pine Nuts with three unlined storage ponds that it had to abandon under order from the state.

The pond is required for winter storage. During the summer the treated effluent is used to irrigate fields in Carson Valley.