HI-DESERT WATER NO LONGER NEGOTIATING FOR BLUE SKIES COUNTRY CLUB

HI-DESERT WATER NO LONGER NEGOTIATING FOR BLUE SKIES COUNTRY CLUB

The deal for the Hi-Desert Water District to buy the Blue Skies Country Club properties in Yucca Valley to control the water rights is off. The District had announced they were in negotiations to buy the troubled property that was formerly a golf course, restaurant, and pro-shop in March of 2011. Since then, the controversial purchase has been marred by questions about restrictions on water use, clear title to all of the five parcels involved, and, most lately, loss of potential use of some redevelopment funding. The abandoned property has become a severely blighted eyesore and was declared off-limits by the Town of Yucca Valley last year after a fire and a tree falling on fire apparatus. At the end of a closed session last night, the Hi-Desert Water District announced they were no longer negotiating for the property. Reporter Derwood Andrews was there and files this report…
Beginning with the end of last night’s Hi-Desert Water District meeting, and action taken on the closed session, they are no longer in negotiations for price and terms and are NOT purchasing the notes for the golf course. So it’s a “Chili Dip,” where the club was approached at too steep an angle. Previously, the Mojave Water Agency Conjunctive Use Agreement was discussed and it was suggested to try and get a better deal on the water. Also it was agreed to proceed to develop a contract with Carollo Engineers in relation to the selection of a consultant for the wastewater collection system design.

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