8/11/2014 6:00:00 AM Valle Vista water rate hike possible Golf course's future may be at risk if water company is sold
The Valle Vista Golf Course photographed Tuesday.
Hubble Ray Smith Miner Staff Reporter
VALLE VISTA - Residents of this golf course community 17 miles outside of Kingman are worried about their most prized amenity after learning that Truxton Canyon Water Company has hired an attorney in preparation for a sale.
That's what Wes Stewart, treasurer of Valle Vista community association and golf course liaison, was told in a letter from the water company's Las Vegas attorney.
There's an "extremely high probability" that water rates will increase for both residents and golf course operations should the sale be completed, he said. The new company would have to invest in repairing or replacing existing infrastructure, as well as the arsenic plant.
"From the golf course perspective, I do not believe we would be able to sustain a large increase in cost of water," Stewart said in an e-mail forwarded to The Daily Miner.
Valle Vista community wants to replenish ponds that can be used to water the course when power outages prevent Truxton from doing so, which has happened frequently during the last three years.
"History has shown their reliability is not very good," Stewart noted. "Simply put, by third parties hired by previous boards to do evaluations of our infrastructure, we don't have adequate storage to operate a golf course efficiently."
While residents have reduced water usage, it remains the biggest obstacle facing the community. If the golf course were to ever become self-sufficient, it would allow Valle Vista to grow and offer other amenities and activities, Stewart said.
"We're just trying to maintain the golf course and increase public play and upgrade the facilities," the five-year Valle Vista resident told The Daily Miner Thursday. "It's getting there."
The 18-hole, par-72 Valle Vista Country Club was designed by Fred Bolton and opened in 1972. It's 6,266 yards from the blue tees. Surrounded by mountains at 3,500 feet elevation, temperatures are mild year-round. Rates are under $30 with a cart.
The development itself has about 800 homes starting in the $100,000 price range and offers amenities such as a community center, pool and park with tennis courts and sizeable playground area.
Calls to Truxton Canyon Water Company for comment were not returned. The public water utility company has been serving Truxton Canyon and the Hualapai Valley east of Kingman since 1962. It is regulated by The Arizona Corporation Commission and Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.