Sewer district to seek public input on gravel pit
March 7, 2015
A final hearing on a special use permit to mine gravel at a 1,000-acre site off Stockyard Road is being delayed.
Mike Bradford, chairman of Douglas County Sewer Improvement District No. 1, issued a statement saying the district intends to consider input and concerns residents have about the proposal.
The district is seeking a permit to mine aggregate from its property at the top of Stockyard Road in order to defray the cost of digging a new effluent reservoir, and a retention pond.
"My objective is to establish a dialogue and process to inform and respond to residents' inquiries, concerns and incorporate constructive ideas," Bradford said. "When the citizens of Douglas County are given the facts about this project, I believe the majority of residents will see the overwhelming benefits for the county as a whole.
Bradford said the district will explain the proposal to the community and seek input on how to best achieve its benefits.
"As we have to date, we will continue to consider reasonable alternatives," Bradford said. "Most importantly, we will adopt solutions to reduce the impact of the proposed project to best serve the needs of Douglas County residents in the Carson Valley and at the Lake."
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The district provides all sewer service to Douglas County's Lake Tahoe communities, including the Stateline casinos. It has pumped treated effluent over Daggett Summit and down to Carson Valley for years. Three unlined storage ponds were built on the district property in 1992, but had to be abandoned a decade ago by order of the state. The district has been sharing a lined Bently pond with the Minden-Gardnerville Sanitation District, but expects to be evicted at some point.
On Dec. 9, the Douglas County Planning Commission approved a permit for a new effluent pond, but the mining operation has to be approved by the county commission.
Bradford told planning commissioners that the old ponds are very shallow.
"We're unable to economically reline the ponds out there," he said. "We want to be able to sell aggregate to offset the cost of expansion, and keep the cost from being borne by ratepayers at the lake."
At issue for residents of the East Valley and the owners of Grandview Estates is the truck traffic to haul aggregate to market. According to the original proposal, from Stockyard, trucks would take Buckeye Road for northbound loads or Fish Springs Road for southbound loads. Bradford said last week that they are considering new routes.
He asked anyone interested in talking about the proposal to call Rob Anderson at 782-2322.