LAKE VILLAGE HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC.
PO Box 542, Zephyr Cove, NV 89448 Phone: 775-588-4840 Fax: 775-588-7590
November 11, 2010
Proposed KGID Water Metering Project
Dear Lake Village Homeowner,
Each of you received a letter from Kingsbury General Improvement District (KGID) in early to mid October related to their intent to meter all residential units including Lake Village. It has already completed the metering of most single family residential properties within its service area and is now concentrating its efforts on multiple unit buildings. Its decision to require meters is apparently irreversible.
That letter gave you, as the utility consumers, various options including the option to have sub-meters for each unit in a multiple unit building. It is our understanding that, subject to a determination by KGID of “feasibility”, KGID would install these sub-meters at its cost.
Since almost all of the potential locations for sub-meters are on Owners’ private property, KGID, in its letter to you, also imposed the condition of requiring each person on title in each unit in a building, to sign the water meter agreement as a condition of going forward on that basis;
It imposed a time deadline of November 30, 2010, in which to return the signed agreements;
Its present position is, that if the fully executed agreements for all units in a building are not returned by that date, a single Master meter will be installed for that building and they will bill each unit in that building equally according to the metered usage rate structure, divided by the number of units in the building.
Please review these options again carefully inasmuch as you, and not the Association, will be responsible for making a selected option known to KGID.
The Association has undertaken the following actions, but only as a facilitator to assist you in making your decision:
- We have met with KGID representatives and helped coordinate an inspection of the building areas where sub-meters would be installed;
- We have requested an extension of the November 30, 2010 date based on logistical problems in getting multiple title holders in buildings to sign the agreement and return to KGID;
- It has requested to be on the KGID Board Meeting agenda on November 16, 2010, at 6:00 P.M. at the KGID offices at 160 Pine Ridge Drive, Stateline, NV, for the purpose of attempting to get an extension beyond November 30, 2010, and to discuss “feasibility” issues.
As we understand it, KGID has taken the position that if the installation of sub-meters for a given individual building is not “feasible”, it will not install sub-meters but, as suggested above, will install a single meter and divide the bill equally among that building’s unit owners.
Attached is a preliminary list of those buildings which KGID has indicated that it is “feasible” to install sub-meters. While we have provided this list, you should confirm with KGID directly that this is the case for your building. Again, all of the unit owners in a particular building must return the water meter agreements, if they deem them acceptable, by November 30, 2010. The Association cannot assure you that the date will be extended.
As to the “feasibility” determination, the Association believes that for many units that KGID has classified as “not feasible” to install sub-meters, a relatively minor change completed at the Owner’s expense would permit moving these buildings to the “feasible” category. However, KGID has not committed to this, nor is the Association confident that it will do so. Again, you must communicate with KGID directly to inquire about this alternative and confirm that it might be available.
Attached hereto is also a list of the names of the current members of the trustees of Kingsbury General Improvement District and staff telephone numbers. Again, the Association believes that you should make contact to request an extension of the Nov. 30th Deadline and to inquire about your options under the agreement, particularly about the sub-meters and your options if your building has been determined to be “not feasible” for installation of sub-meters and the costs, if KGID will allow it, to convert to a feasible property.
We do wish you to know that the Association has spent considerable staff time in reviewing with KGID each building in connection with the determination of “feasibility”, but KGID is in insistent at this point that those buildings deemed not to be “feasible” will have a single meter and not sub-meters.
The Association can do nothing further at this point and it is up to you to communicate directly with KGID regarding the options you may wish and in gathering the required title holder signatures from your unit/building to sign the required agreement.
A. You should immediately consult with the other owners in your building to determine if they wish sub-meters. If they do, you must get all signatures to KGID by November 30, 2010, unless that time period is extended. This applies to those unit owners whose buildings are deemed to be “feasible”;
B. If your building is not “feasible” and you cannot get KGID and the other owners to agree to make it “feasible” and sign the agreement, it is likely that your building will have a single meter and the bill divided equally among all units in that building, regardless of the actual individual unit water usage;
C. You should act expeditiously and preferably before the November 16, 2010 KGID Board meeting to communicate with KGID;
D. We will immediately advise you of the outcome of the request for an extension and any other matters we become aware of after the November 16, 2010 KGID Board meeting; however, you should not wait until then to start moving inasmuch as the November 30, 2010 deadline may remain in effect.
E. Attend the KGID Board Meeting on Tuesday, November 16, 2010, at 6:00 P.M. at the KGID offices at 160 Pine Ridge Drive, Stateline, NV (just off Kingsbury Grade near the Thai One On restaurant location) and speak to the KGID Board in person regarding your preferences.
Finally, you should know that it was suggested that the Association consider having a single Master meter installed and billing the owners equally, but we do not believe this to be viable for the Association or equitable to the unit owners, thus, you should focus on the sub-metering and “feasibility” in your discussions with KGID representatives. Again, it is important that you communicate directly with KGID and not the Association inasmuch as the decisions must be made by the owners of each individual building.
Thank you for your attention to this complex matter.