Letters for Dec. 26
Gravel pit big deal for Valley
I have always enjoyed reading the articles by Terry Burnes. I have found them to be both informative and thought provoking. His latest guest column of Dec. 17 addresses some of the issues with the proposed gravel pit in the eastern part of the county.
The Sewer District No. 1, requesting the project, is located at Lake Tahoe and encompasses Stateline from the casino corridor to just before the Round Hill Safeway. It also processes sewage from the Kingsbury GID, the Tahoe Douglas District, the Round Hill GID and the Elks Point Sanitation District. The district was formed in 1953 and it has provided wastewater treatment to the service area since 1961.
In 2010, per the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, the utility serves approximately 4,700 residential and commercial connections including six major casino properties which contribute 60-percent of the influent.
Transferring the sludge from the Lake to the Valley presents several potential problems for the Valley residents.
First, and foremost, is the possible environmental impact on our water system. If leakage from the sludge into the water system were to occur over the projected life of 35-45 years, either through an act of nature or human error, it could be a disaster resulting in the closure of individual wells in the area and the need for the water providers to build and operate water treatment facilities.
The second major problem involves the roads. The proposed site is east of East Valley Road which means access to Highway 395 from East Valley Road would be through the use of Johnson Lane, Buckeye Road or Toler Lane/Road.
When these routes were initially built I doubt if the substructure was designed to handle the proposed truck traffic. How often will they need to be resurfaced? An estimate to bring them up to date would be approximately $1,000,000 per mile.
Other problems would be at the intersections with Highway 395. Can you imagine the problems in having these large, heavily loaded gravel rigs turning from Buckeye unto Highway 395? Or getting up to speed once they are on Highway 395?
Rather than producing land filling sludge why not go to a system like the City of Milwaukee’s Metropolitan Sewage District which produces Milorganite, which is then sold creating a revenue source, and the clean water is then returned to Lake Michigan. This facility has been in operation since about the 1920s. If this facility has been in operation since the 1920s, I would feel since the 1960s there would have been technical advances making wastewater treatment more environmentally acceptable than sludge ponds.
I feel the County Commissioners should be more concerned with the impact this proposed operation will have on the residents in the valley than on those at the Lake.
Sanford E. Deyo
Cat rescue in Carson
There is a great place to get a cat or kitten in Carson City, it’s a cage free rescue organization called Catmandu.
I just started volunteering there last week and I was so impressed with the homey, loving environment these well kept cats are in. They roam free, playing with toys and each other.
With over 60 cats to choose from, you can’t go wrong finding the purfect cat for you. Visit catmanducc.org for hours of operation.
Kudos to Carson Valley Arts Council
The Carson Valley Arts Council hit it out of the ballpark again. Thank you, Arts Council for coordinating the Community Holiday Music Program on Dec. 13 at St. Gall Catholic Church in Gardnerville. I was pleased and amazed at the outstanding quality of the music presented by the Douglas High Band, Jazz Band, Choir, Madrigal Choir and the Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School Steel Drum Band. They were very professional, and I was impressed at the excellent talent reveled in all the songs presented. Their enthusiasm and dedication to practice definitely paid off. Congratulations to all involved. I hope this program will be offered again next year and I encourage everyone to attend. It certainly put me into the holiday spirit.
I look forward the Arts Council’s next event, Lavey Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers from San Francisco. Lavey and her band excel at classic jazz and blues in the authentic style of the 1940s and ’50s. I can’t wait to see this top-notch band play at the CVIC Hall on Jan. 16.
Keep up the good work Carson Valley Arts Council.