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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Category: Roads and Maintenance

Q: What roads, or portions thereof, have been accepted for maintenance by the PVGID and at what level of maintenance?

A: Click on the link below to see an alphabetized list of the roads accepted for maintenance and the corresponding level of maintenance:

Click here for List of Roads Accepted for Maintenance
 

Q: My road is not on the list of roads accepted for maintenance by the PVGID, so why am I paying taxes to the District?

A: If your property lies within the District's boundaries [map link: ftp://wcftp.co.washoe.nv.us/outtoworld/voters/Districts/palominogid.pdf] you are required to pay taxes to the PVGID
 

Q: Are all the roads within the District's boundaries easements granted to the GID?

A: No. While most of the roads are easements granted to the GID, there are two major exceptions: Pyramid Highway is owned and maintained by the State, and Winnemucca Ranch Road is owned and maintained by Washoe County. However, not all of the roadway easements granted to the GID have been accepted for maintenance.
 

Q: Are the roads in the District considered public or private?

A: While the PVGID is a public agency, and the roads within the District are open for public access, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Department considers the roads to be privately owned. Therefore, the Sheriff's Department will not conduct traffic patrols or enforcement on any of the District's roads.
 

Q: How can I access Bureau of Land Management (BLM)/public lands?

A: Most of the roads in the District provide access to private property. The few roads that lead to public land are as follows:

  • Wilcox Ranch Road - far southeastern end beyond Pond Peak

  • Microwave Road – far eastern end near Virginia Peak

Q: How does the PVGID determine when to grade a road?

A: Each road maintained by the PVGID has been assigned a Level of Maintenance, on a scale of 1 to 3 (1 being the highest). These levels are primarily based on traffic volume. This provides guidance regarding prioritization to the Operations Manager, who routinely surveys and determines when roads are in need of grading or other maintenance.
 

Q: Why doesn’t the PVGID pave the roads?

A: The PVGID received the roads in their present condition from the original developers. Our estimated cost of paving these roads is $250,000 per mile. With limited, and even declining revenue, special tax assessments would have to be imposed on each and every property owner in the District in order to pave the roads. By the way, there are 95.2 miles of roads accepted for maintenance within the District.
 

Q: Why does the PVGID spray dust palliatives on some of the roads?

A: The PVGID is required by the Washoe County Health District to mitigate road dust. This is accomplished by periodically spraying the roads with the highest traffic volume with a dust palliative. The product currently used by the PVGID is durablend™, which is a mixture of magnesium chloride brine and a small quantity of polymers. This product also stabilizes the roadways, resulting in a road that stays smoother for longer during the summer months.
 

Q: Why do our roads pothole so badly during the winter?

A: All dirt roads will pothole due to traffic when wet. This problem can be reduced by providing good drainage. We are currently striving to improve drainage by improving both roadway crown and roadside ditches. However, these improvements will take time due to the extent of our road network.
 

Q. The roads only last about a day without the washboard affect happening?

A. Some of our roads washboard more quickly than others, primarily due to differences in soil content. Soils with lots of sand and little fine material washboard more quickly than roads with more fines. Traffic speed and acceleration/deceleration also contribute to washboarding.
 

Q. Why aren't the roads graded as often as they used to be?

A. The PVGID still has the same total miles of roadway to maintain, but because of reduced revenue, the GID had to reduce the number of employees.
 

Q. Why do we have bumps at our driveways after the road is graded?

A. When the grader operator moves dirt from the side of the road back onto the traveled way, it leaves a small ridge at the driveways and if the bump is too big the operator tries to remove it.
 

 

 

Category: Other

Q: Does the PVGID hold public meetings? If yes, when and where?

A: Yes, the PVGID holds monthly Board of Trustee meetings which are open to the public. Regular meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month. The meetings are held at the Regional Shooting Facility located at 21555 Pyramid Highway, and begin at 5:30 p.m.

Click here for a map to the Regional Shooting Facility
 

Q: What are the PVGID's funding sources?

A: Primary funding comes from property taxes assessed on properties within the District. Secondary sources are a portion of the sales and use taxes collected statewide and a modest amount of interest income.