You Paid For It update: North Las Vegas sewage treatment plant
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) - A war of words could lead to an expensive court battle over a wastewater treatment plant that you paid for.
The $224 million plant in North Las Vegas can't open without a way to flush sewage to Lake Mead. Clark County rejected North Las Vegas' request to use flood channels when a pipeline project stalled.
Now, the mayor of North Las Vegas is threatening to use the channels anyway, hinting that the dispute may end up in court.
Commissioner Tom Collins says Mayor Shari Buck has every right to threaten but adds that the county has signed documents from District Attorney David Roger that back their stand.
"We believe we have the legal right," says Mayor Buck. "We believe we have the ability to discharge, and in the next couple of weeks we'll make that decision of whether to go forward."
"I don't see much opportunity to use that open Sloan channel unless there was money in the bank, guaranteed and non-withdrawable, to build a pipeline," counters Commissioner Collins.
He says county and North Las Vegas staff are discussing options.
Meanwhile, North Las Vegas is already racking up legal fees. The city hired former Nevada U.S. Senator and attorney Richard Bryan as a lobbyist.