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KGID eyes funding

Michael Schneider

The Kingsbury General Improvement District will ask Douglas County to match state funds for a project that would provide the GID with curbs and gutters for portions of 32 streets in Nevada.

The district will try to lay claim at today’s commission meeting to its chunk of millions of state dollars allocated by the Tahoe Bond Act.

The district will ask the county to contribute more than $500,000 to match state funds for one of three projects KGID has identified as fitting within the scope of the Act.

Community development staff has recommended the commissioners allocate to the project $225,000 in county funds, along with $229,000 in Burton-Santini Funds, federal funds appropriated for acquisition of environmentally sensitive lands. The county contribution would come from the Douglas County Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Water Quality Mitigation Fund.

Linda Massey, U.S. Forest Service public information officer, said the proposed allocation of Burton-Santini funds is consistent with their correct application.

The county funds would be awarded to the Kingsbury project upon approval of the Nevada-Tahoe Conservation District, the agency which determines where Act funds should be spent.

General Manager Candi Rohr said that while Kingsbury doesn’t have money to help offset the county contribution, the GID staff would contribute significant administrative time to the project.

The Tahoe Bond Act, passed by Nevada voters in 1996, frees $10 million in state funds for environmental improvements to impacted areas within the three Nevada lake counties, Washoe, Carson City and Douglas.

The KGID project, deemed the Kingsbury Village Erosion Control Project, will cost more than $2 million to complete. KGID will ask the county to contribute $514,000 to make up the 25 percent match required in the Act.

The district has also completed applications for two other projects, which would require a county match of about $850,000. They have a $3.5 million total price tag.

Rohr said Thursday she’d only be asking for matching funds for the first project.

The other two projects are similar to the first, but are scheduled to improve other portions of the GID, Lower Kingsbury and the Kingsbury Estates and Tahoe Village areas. Rohr said the district has been divided into thirds for the projects’ purposes.

The three projects would include installation of erosion control improvements such as rock-lined ditches, drop inlets, asphalt concrete swale and sediment basins to decrease runoff and sediment to the Edgewood and Burke Creek tributary areas.

For the first project, portions of streets within the district would get curbs and gutters, providing a channel to convey runoff to a treatment device and eliminate drainage pathway erosion.

Skyland, Zephyr Cove and Marla Bay also have potential project requests which may later be considered. KGID is the only district yet to submit an application.

Should the commissioners approve the project, it would next have to receive TRPA approval for the allocation of water quality mitigation funds.

What: Douglas County Commission meeting

When: 1:30 p.m.

Where: Courtroom, Lake Administration Building, 175 U.S. Highway 50, Stateline

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