July 29 Letters to the Editor
August 12, 2015
Bring some sunshine to solar issue
Your ad in The Record-Courier mentioned that you would like input regarding locations and impacts of future industrial solar electric power plants in Douglas County. My input is as follows:
1. No industrial solar electric power plants and no new transmission towers, battery stations, new relay stations, transformers, or inverters should be located west of East Valley Road or within 3 miles of any private residence(s).
2. No industrial solar electric power plants, transmission towers, battery stations, new relay stations, new transformers, or inverters should be visible or audible from Kingsbury Grade, U.S. 395 North, U.S. 395 South, Jacks Valley Road, Highway 88, Genoa Lane, 206, 207, Muller Lane, Historic Minden, Genoa, or downtown Gardnerville.
3. All electric power generated by industrial solar electric power plants within Douglas County should be dedicated to Douglas County residents. No Nevada solar electric power should be provided to California or any state other than Nevada.
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4. No solar electric power plants, transmission towers, battery stations, inverters, new transformers, or new relay stations should be located on property currently or previously (as of January 1, 2012) zoned as agricultural/residential A-19 or zoned as residential, such as R-5.
5. No solar industrial solar electric power plant project should be approved by the Planning Commission or BOCC for private land until after the same environmental impact and wildlife impact studies required for Federal land have been completed, verifying no adverse impact on the environment or wildlife by the construction and operation of the industrial plant.
6. The location of industrial solar electric power plants, transmission towers, transmission lines, transformers, inverters, relay stations and battery stations should not conflict with the Douglas County Master Plan, Open Space and Agricultural Lands Preservation Implementation Plan, or BOCC initiated Valley Vision Plan, including but not limited to visual resource protection goals.
7. The four unelected members of the Planning Commission that voted in favor of the Greenstone Renewables, LLC, industrial solar project (rejected by the elected BOCC) should be transferred to nonvoting positions and replaced by four members with at least as much concern for the community and quality of life for Douglas County residents as that demonstrated by three members of the Planning Commission that voted in opposition to the Greenstone project.
8. All new electric power transmission lines required for any industrial solar electric power plants should be placed underground on Douglas County, State of Nevada, or Federal land.
9. All residents of Douglas County who have contacted Douglas County about proposed solar electric projects in 2015 should be notified at least 30 days in advance by regular mail or email by Douglas County of all upcoming meetings by the Planning Commission or BOCC involving industrial solar electric projects.
Gravel pit proposal is good planning
Planning from the past 20 years and ahead for the next 20 years: The Buckeye Creek Reservoir project is not an emergency; it is the result of good planning.
Douglas County Sewer Improvement District No. 1 Buckeye Creek Reservoir project is more than 20 years in the making. In 1992, the Douglas County Sewer Improvement District purchased 1,001 acres of BLM land on the east side of the Carson Valley. The district board recognized a future and long-term need to create storage reservoirs to hold the district's treated wastewater during the winter months when the water was not needed to irrigate the valley's agricultural crops.
The district created three ponds that were utilized until 2007 when the district's routine monitoring discovered the reservoirs had leaked. At the time federal and state regulations did not require that the storage reservoirs be lined.
The district solved the problem in a cost effective manner by transitioning to the Bently Effluent Reservoir, which was already lined.
Looking ahead for the district's next 40 years it was determined that the Bentley Reservoir, which also handles the Minden Gardnerville Sanitation District, would eventually run out of capacity. The board settled on the most cost effective and beneficial plan for its ratepayers and Valley residents — excavate a new reservoir and pay for the cost by selling the gravel and materials for construction projects throughout Douglas County.
In response to concerns by East Valley residents, the district changed its original proposal. The haul route for the trucks from the reservoir will now utilize Stockyard Road, a private road, for the majority of the trip and then turn onto Heybourne Road, to Muller Parkway, to Highway 395. Failure to use this route would result in the district losing its special use permit.
The district will pay for the improvements to Stockyard Road and jointly participate with Douglas County on the upgrade of the public road portion. Signals for traffic entering Highway 395 from Muller Parkway are already in place and only require the swing arms to make them fully functional. It is estimated that the sale of gravel and aggregate would generate around 5 to 125 truck trips per day based on demand, which is comparable to the current traffic generated by the Bing Materials, located off Kimmerling Road and adjacent to the heavily populated Gardnerville Ranchos. This would also possibly lessen the impact of truck traffic on Highway 88 which goes past the East Fork Swim Center and Douglas High School.
Of immediate benefits for the county, besides offering the county free land to build a flood control reservoir the district will immediately create a temporary flood retention basin at the site that the county could divert floodwaters too.
The additional source of gravel for county projects, the badly needed flood control measures, and the eventual need for wastewater storage capacity are all integral parts of this break-even long term plan. Despite its geographic differences, Douglas County is one county and this is a project that benefits all of its residents.
Getting growth to pay for itself
How does a sewer plant run out of capacity?
Probably not because people are using their toilets more, but more likely, because there are more toilets, which means more houses, which means more neighborhoods, which means developers who are not paying adequate impact fees to cover the effects their product has on the existing community infrastructure.
This means that the existing community, rate payers, and taxpayers are subsidizing increased traffic, excess effluent, and historically in many cases substandard water systems. How do we, the existing community, get the growth to pay for itself?
Don't fiddle while streets burn
Connectivity still seems an obscenity
with the streets in ruins throughout our entity
So will our hidebound commission have the volition to keep public trust at the core of its mission?
Connectivity is "dead on arrival."
As we use all "new" taxes for a street maintenance revival.
Iran will violate treaty
No one should be surprised if Iran violates its agreement with the U.S. and five other nations announced recently by President Obama, including President Obama. This deal lifts sanctions imposed on Iran for conducting a dangerous hidden uranium enrichment program. U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors can inspect sites to determine if Iran is limiting its nuclear program. However, this agreement has no language obligating Iran to permit inspections of its "military sites."
Also, the agreement provides that 24 days can elapse between Iran receiving an IAEA site inspection notice and that inspection even starting. Iran and IAEA have 14 days to resolve dissent by Iran to the inspection. If no agreement between them is reached, an eight-nation group, including Iran, then would have 7 more days to consider the issue.
Within three additional days a majority of these eight nations could order the inspection. If Iran then refuses, a resolution could be drawn up and voted upon to re-impose sanctions. This is not "24/7 access to Iran's nuclear facilities" as our president described.
Our State Department's "Country Reports on Terrorism 2014" released April 2015, states that Iran has been designated a State Sponsor of Terrorism since 1984.
This report points out that Iran disregarded multiple U.N. security resolutions and failed to comply with obligations regarding its nuclear program.
Iran consistently has not cooperated with IAEA inspectors. We cannot trust or verify. Therefore Congress must reject this agreement.
Thanks for help with site
I want to extend a huge thank you to the Carson Valley 20/30 Club for helping to clean up our FISH Family Service Center and Dining Room location at 921 Mitch Drive. The 20/30 Club showed up after work to battle soaring temperatures and to wrangle our stubborn, dusty, and just plain mean juniper bushes. Thanks again gentlemen for all of your support.
Carson Valley FISH