Carson City Board of Supervisors to re-evaluate water agreement with Minden

The Board of Supervisors this week could vote on an interlocal agreement to resolve an outstanding dispute with the Town of Minden.

The new agreement resets rates for delivery of water from Minden to Carson City.

In 2010, Carson City bought water rights in Douglas County and contracted with Minden to deliver the water.

Last year, the board rejected an amendment to that original agreement which raised rates based, in part, on costs the city said it wasn’t responsible for.

Since then, the city has been paying the higher rates “under protest” while the Carson City District Attorney and other parties to the agreement — Douglas County, Minden and Indian Hills General Improvement District — have been negotiating to adjust the rates to everyone’s satisfaction.

The costs calculated into the rates Carson City disputed were for stabilization and construction loan repayment and, according to the staff report for the board meeting, construction loan repayment has been removed.

The rates jumped from .777 per 1,000 gallons to .862 per 1,000 gallons in the 2017 fiscal year and then were set to go to .932 per 1,000 gallons in the 2018 fiscal year.

Jason Woodbury, Carson City district attorney, said the negotiated rates are lower than the upcoming 2018 rates originally proposed.

Woodbury said the negotiated agreement doesn’t include any costs recouped by Carson City for paying higher rates in 2017 but that will be addressed at the meeting.

The item could get bumped to the next board meeting on June 16, he said, if some last minute details of the negotiated interlocal agreement aren’t finalized in time.

The board also will vote whether to approve an $1,218,918 contract with Keller Associates Inc., to begin design of the next phase of construction at the Water Resource Recovery Facility.

The design work will include an odor control system, new underground piping to the secondary system, lining of the overflow basin, and replacement of electrical distribution and controls.

The second phase project cost is estimated at $9.72 million.

The supervisors will interview four applicants for the Planning Commission and appoint two new members to fill an existing vacancy and to replace Monica Green, whose terms expires in June.

The supervisors will vote to approve spending $1,165,000 from the Redevelopment Revolving Fund for various events and incentives, including $15,000 for the downtown farmer’s market and $30,000 for Epic Rides, and $480,000 for the annual Michael Hohl, Inc. auto dealership incentive General Fund reimbursement, $170,000 for the annual Dick Campagni auto dealership incentive, and $160,000 for the previously approved Southgate Mall and Carson Mall sales tax reimbursement agreements.

The board will vote to allocate the Community Support Services Grant (CSSG) funding for fiscal year 2018.

Five programs are automatically funded every year for a total of $114,500 and the remaining $150,500 could be allocated, including $20,250 to Nevada Health Centers to provide dental care for low-to-moderate income children and adults and $20,000 to Volunteer Attorneys for Rural Nevada for its Domestic Violence Victim Assistance Project.

The Board of Supervisors meet Thursday at 8:30 a.m. in the Sierra Room, Carson City Community Center, 851 E. William St.


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