GRGID angers residents over waterline repercussions |

GRGID angers residents over waterline repercussions

by Regina Purcell, Staff Writer

Redesign of the waterline improvement on one street in the Gardnerville Ranchos last week will not pertain to other streets lined up for the project.

Riverview Drive residents are processing their own petition to try and save the improvements they have installed on their properties.

“I work hard on my house and now they are going to tear it all out,” said Robert Winter, a Riverview Drive resident, who is gathering signatures to try and stop destruction on his street.

Ranchos residents on Arrowhead Drive thwarted the Gardnerville Ranchos General Improvement District from encroaching on their easements when two petitions were submitted last week.

In May, the district started replacing the old, original steel pipes in the waterline system with plastic piping in a $3.2 million project.

The brouhaha stems from the board of trustees’ decision at the Dec. 4 meeting to save money and encroach on property owners easements to install a new plastic piping waterline system.

Trustees did not authorize an administrative change order that would have upped the cost of the project by $20,000 to $54,000 and ensured only the the right-of-way would be disrupted during installation of the waterline.

After Arrowhead residents raised a fuss, the district renegotiated the price estimate with the contractor and moved that part of the project back into the street so those easements would not be affected.

District Manager Bob Spellberg said the concessions made for Arrowhead Drive are not going to be made for other streets slated for the project.

“What about me? How come they get it (adjusted) and I don’t?” said Winter. “If they can do it for Arrowhead, they can do it on Riverview.”

The work on Riverview will start within 45 to 60 days, Spellberg said, although he added that the easements that will be affected are “not nearly as bad” as those on Arrowhead.

“People put stuff right up to the street and up to the shoulder,” he said. “It is our right-of- way.

“If somebody has shrubs, I see no reason to spend an extra $15,000 because of that.”

Homes in the Ranchos were originally built 22 feet off the road. The district has a 50- to 60-foot right-of-way from the centerline of streets — although old surveyor reports have those centerline locations somewhat staggered.

The district has the legal right to trespass on easements, Spellberg said. The project is more cost effective to move into those easements rather then in the street down the centerline.

Contractors have no other choice because the space is crowded with other utility services, such as phone, cable, and gas lines.

The contractor, Rapid Construction, could not be reached for comment.

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