After a lot of back and forth between the city and a developer of homes at College Parkway and Emerson, the Carson City Supervisors agreed to include the loop road through the development as an official city street. It culminated a lot of angst for the city in that technically the loop road could be labeled a private road because it loops only through the homes and then back out onto Emerson…kind of like a community driveway. The developer reasoned that similar (but larger) home developments are routinely turned over to the city for long-term maintenance – the funding coming out of the city’s gas tax. Trouble is the city’s road fund is not keeping up with maintenance requirements. And the fund falling behind. Way behind.
When all was said and done, the city agreed to take over maintenance responsibilities for the housing project’s loop road but with some assistance from the developer – money in advance to the city for maintaining the loop road when it needs a slurry seal maybe 10 years in to the future.
CC hopefully getting closer to an agreement with TWA Asphalt Plant
A long running air pollution issue associated with an asphalt plant on the eastern edge of the Carson City city limits was debated again by city supervisors. Supervisors learned that TWA Asphalt has greatly reduced their emissions by upgrading their filters. But according to testimony the asphalt plant odors are still emitting a significant amount of odor crossing over the country line in to Mound House – but, again, at what appears to be lower levels.
The long running debate has been somewhat confusing prompted by the Nevada Department of Environmental Protection which portrays itself as more of a monitoring agency – not a consulting firm for private business equipment purchases. In short, it’s up to the business to explore pollution control equipment options and then let NDEP determine whether the equipment is operating within compliance standards. If the pollution goes away, success. If not, back to the drawing board.
As mentioned, pollution levels have been lower but not low enough, according to the city because their phones are still ringing with complaints…but at a much, much lower level. Supervisors sent the issue back to the city planning commission to review what progress has been made – then send their impression of what’s going on to the Supervisors.