County to split storm water repair with Verna Hills HOA – Winchester Sun
The Clark County Tax Court approved a joint project with a homeowners association to split the cost of repairing a failed rainwater system in the Verna Hills subdivision.
Shelby Gill, president of the Verna Hills Homeowners Association, told the court that it would cost nearly $ 6,000 on Wednesday morning to fix the sewer system, which has splashed water and left inches of water in a yard after heavy rain.
The county took possession of the drainage system in 1976, Gill said, but the line in question runs through private property rather than within the county’s right of way on the road.
After the excavation, Gill said they found five of the four-foot-long pipes were somewhere between four and six inches apart.
“We discovered it,” he said. “We want to replace it so the water doesn’t run on (private) property,” said Gill.
The HOA requested two bids, the lowest of which is nearly $ 6,000, he said.
Under the agreement, Gill said the HOA would pay for the work and the county would reimburse half when the work is done.
Magistrate Chris Davis, who represents the district including Verna Hills, said he had asked the county roads officer to investigate the situation as the owner believed the recent road works were to be blamed. However, the lines were privately owned and the county was unable to carry out repairs.
Gill called the agreement a practical solution to the problem.
Clark County Judge Executive Chris Pace said this could set a precedent for other stormwater problems in the county.
“I see this as a trial balloon,” he said, “an opportunity to work around problems in the future.”
The court unanimously approved the agreement, with funds coming from the county’s funds earmarked for the US-60 corridor.
Later in the meeting, Pace said the new courthouse boiler was installed and working. The former kettle failed after Christmas and the court approved up to $ 150,000 for a replacement. Pace said he didn’t receive the final cost, but thought it was less than $ 100,000.
In another action on Wednesday, the court:
• voted to oppose an increase in the cost of living for the members of the tax court. The prosecutor also requested not to receive the increase.
• Approved a training incentive for Magistrate Greg Elkins.
• Declare a vehicle from road traffic as excess property and hand it over to the animal disposal program.
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