Complaint made against KGID
A former Terrace View Drive resident has taken his complaint against the Kingsbury General Improvement District for alleged violations at its water-tank site to Douglas County Superior Court.
John Eckland, who once lived across the Kingsbury Grade street from KGID’s water tanks, claims the water district’s alterations of its site led to the depreciated value of the Terrace View Drive house he sold in 1998 for $757,000.
The Genoa resident accused the district of illegally cutting down mature, healthy trees and removing a fence that blocked the view of the eyesore from the house his father built 22 years ago. He also takes aim at KGID extending its water-tank foundation beyond the coverage allowable by Tahoe Regional Planning Agency guidelines and creating a noise and traffic nuisance.
Therefore, the industrial work diminished the value of his home by at least $200,000, he claims. Eckland later had the house appraised by a Reno company for $950,000.
He seeks a range of $192,500 to $242,500 in damages.
“I needed to sell it, and they did something that cost me a quarter of the value of it,” Eckland said Thursday.
Last Wednesday’s civil action follows a citizen complaint that he submitted over a month ago with the TRPA, which has reported no action on it as of last week.
TRPA officials were unavailable for comment Thursday.
Eckland believes his chances of his complaint will be validated by a jury.
“I think if a jury gets a sense of how they acted, then they might award it,” he said, characterizing KGID’s actions as a “reckless disregard” of the surrounding area’s property values.
But KGID General Counsel Noel Manoukian and General Manager Candi Rohr view the circumstances differently.
Rohr declined to comment on the case, but she noted “it’s not unexpected.”
Eckland lodged a few complaints with the district about the matter to no avail in rectifying the situation.
“This case doesn’t have any real merit,” Manoukian said.
Manoukian made the argument that the Terrace View Drive property was valued at a higher amount because of the work the current owner has put into it.
He also denies any increase in noise and traffic on the street. The litigation team, consisting of a Reno firm, plans to bring witnesses from the neighborhood to back that argument.
The lawyer will not expect an upcoming out-of-court settlement, but there’s always a chance of that, he said, estimating the case to be heard in six to eight months.
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