Pineview Estates meeting Nov. 5
October 24, 2016
Resolution to at least one of the issues facing residents of Pine View Estates is in the works.
According to a public notice published by the Pine View Estates Homeowners Association, there is a 2 p.m. Nov. 5 meeting to scheduled for public comment on a proposal to seek a $4.315 million loan to fix the wastewater system.
That work will either be done by rebuilding the package plant or running a pipeline to hook up to another sewer system, according to a source involved in the process.
The 240-unit subdivision sits on 62 acres in the Pine Nut Mountains south of Gardnerville. Built on Washoe Tribal allotment land in 1997, it was originally served by a small sewer plant that failed.
In 2010, the Bureau of Indian Affairs discovered that the sewer plant was leaking and would be subject to an Environmental Protection Agency violation, which was issued Jan. 5, 2011.
The bureau retained a consultant to determine the extent of the contamination. At an April 2012 meeting the consultant said the sewer plant was malfunctioning, with nitrogen and fecal coliform contaminating the monitoring wells, the leach fields and potentially the groundwater serving the community.
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Complicating the matter is a federal lawsuit between homeowners, their title companies and original property holder Mark Kizer.
At issue is the length of the lease homeowners hold on the property, originally 99 years, and the price at which homeowners could buy the property.
Attorneys for Kizer say that the longest lease under federal law is only 49 years, and that homeowners would have to pay fair market value.
That lawsuit has been under negotiations since it was filed in February 2015.
More than 200 residents were named in Kizer's original lawsuit, along with developer PTP Inc. and the Pine View Estates Homeowners Association.
Association attorneys reassured residents at a March 2015 meeting that the lawsuit would only establish who had rights to the land, and would not result in their eviction.