Litigation flowing like water
After six years of litigation that went to the Nevada Supreme Court and back, another 60 days doesn’t seem like a lot of time to try and resolve the conflict between Douglas County, Five Creek Development and the Jobs Peak Homeowners Association.
Sitting in court on Wednesday, it was hard to see what conflicts were left to resolve in the case.
Supreme Court justices ruled that residents should have been a party to the agreement that led to the county’s operation of the system.
Homeowners have agreed that the current water rates should remain in effect until the litigation is resolved.
The supreme court ruling undermined the development agreement between Five Creek and the county, calling into question whether the county actually owns the system.
That also calls into question the $1.1 million the county spent to bring the system up to code.
Homeowners’ attorney said that brings the group back to square 1, where the homeowners will get a say in what happens with the water system that serves them.
Referenced on Wednesday was another case filed in 2012, in which homeowners are seeking to require the county to establish a water district to run all of its water operations.
We believe that the best government is that closest to the people. However, the best utility operation is that which serves the largest number of customers over the smallest possible area.
That horse is out of the barn where the county’s water systems, which are spread all over the place, are concerned.
We believe that the best plan is the one that allows those water systems to operate under their own power.