Pine View Estates sewer funding announcement Sept. 21 |

Pine View Estates sewer funding announcement Sept. 21

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USDA Rural Development Nevada is holding a public funding announcement at Pine View Estates, east of Gardnerville on 6 p.m. Sept. 21.

“After more than five years of hard work and planning this little community will be receiving notice of funding that is essential to protect health and safeguard property,” said USDA Rural Development Nevada Public Affairs & Native American Coordinator Kelly Clarkd. “Many partners have helped make this project possible, we hope you will join us in a small event to celebrate a brighter future for Pine View Estates.”

The Pine View Estates Home Owners Association is proposing construction of a three-mile, 12-inch sewer pipleline from the community in the Pine Nut Mountains to Pinenut Road in Carson Valley.

The community’s failing sewage treatment system and 196 septic tanks abandoned.

Construction of the sewer line past Ruhenstroth could mean residents of that neighborhood whose septic tanks fail could connect.

The installed plant started failing eight years ago. Because Pine View Estates is on federal land, it is under the jurisdiction of the Environmental Protection Agency, which started sending out notices of violation in 2011.

The community’s legal troubles may be close to resolution.

The 240-unit subdivision sits on 62 acres in the Pine Nut Mountains south of Gardnerville and was built on Washoe Tribal allotment land in 1997.

The original allotment owner, Mark Kizer, sued in February 2015 claiming that the agreement that established the community violated federal law.

A settlement of the lawsuit will clear the title for both residents and the homeowners association, allowing them to obtain deeds.

Those deeds are necessary before the community can deal with its sewage issues.