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October 25, 2013 8:54 PM

Merced Irrigation District pipeline controversy boils over

The Merced Irrigation District Board of Directors in July was asked to consider spending up to $150,000 to help build a pipeline on private property owned in part by board Director Kevin Gonsalves. The proposed irrigation pipeline on Gonsalves’ farm in Winton would have settled a civil lawsuit filed in 2008 between Gonsalves and his neighbor, Gary Nunes. The dispute dates back many years and centers around an old private pipeline that boarders property owned by both families, according to the suit filed in Merced County Superior Court. According to court records, the two sides agreed to settle the suit in April. The proposed settlement included the idea that MID spend up to $150,000 to help build a new pipeline that would appease both sides, authorities said.

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