City councilors shelve decision on backup water supply for Las Campanas

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Posted: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 10:00 pm

A City Council committee put off until October a decision on a request from Santa Fe County for access to a meter that would be used to feed water to the Las Campanas golf courses if other sources dried up.

The council’s Public Utilities Committee unanimously voted Tuesday to postpone the request until the fall or in the event of a water emergency, whichever comes first. The postponement would give councilors additional time to evaluate the county’s progress in installing new water meters that the city says were part of an annexation agreement originally approved in 2008.

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  • Peter Neal posted at 7:59 pm on Thu, Jul 3, 2014.

    PeterNeal Posts: 843

    A thousand years from now archeologists will be digging up old clubs and putters on the site of the Las Campanas Golf Course, and they will be saying; "what the heck were those idiots thinking, having a golf course in the desert?". Their answer will be all around them- nobody living there anymore......

  • Jay Baker posted at 10:39 am on Thu, Jul 3, 2014.

    jdbaker188 Posts: 88

    "Claudia Borchert, a former city employee who is now the director of the county’s Public Utilities Division, said she would be back in October. She also said she hopes there aren’t any circumstances that would require a backup water supply.
    Adam Leigland, director of the county’s Public Works Department, said Tuesday that the county budgeted for only two meters in the current fiscal year budget."

    Why didn't the County Public Works and Utility Directors put money in the budget for these meters? Why have they let a number of projects die for lack of progress and had to revert millions in bond money? If they can't get their act together, why do they want to waste more time in October?

  • Jay Baker posted at 10:35 am on Thu, Jul 3, 2014.

    jdbaker188 Posts: 88

    Why did County Public Works Director Adam Leighland hire Claudia Borchert and then proceed to try and make every Utility decision for her? Both Leighland and Borchert are unproductive and a drain on the County. I ask for both of their resignations or terminations now. I also ask the City to find a permanent Utility Director. Nick Schiavio is tied way too closely to Leighland and Borchert. In addition, he is letting his water Conservation Manager and his "team" run too loosely and not get anything accomplished.

    One of the transition team's recommendations to the Mayor was to hire a permanent Water Utility Director - when will that be done?

  • Jay Baker posted at 10:32 am on Thu, Jul 3, 2014.

    jdbaker188 Posts: 88

    Amber - great point, but we have to look at the records of Claudia Borchert (former City Utility employee and now SF County Utility Director) and Rick Carpenter (current City Water Conservation Manager). They both had money to develop non-potable irrigation supplies for the City, County and Las Campanas. They both mismanaged these projects, and they should both be terminated. One is a geologist that claims to be a hydrologist and the other has a degree in political sciences...we're in trouble with a lack of qualifications like that.

  • Mike Palaima posted at 9:45 am on Thu, Jul 3, 2014.

    pressman Posts: 93

    Even if the city is contemplating supplying LC with non potable water, why? It's a golf course! Why does LC need to be green during a drought, at the rest of the city's water supply expense? Water conservation could be the key here, city of SF could be further processing that non potable water into potable water and saving it for that severe drought time, or re-injecting into wells. I cannot believe that in a place like Santa Fe, in a desert, that we would even be having this public discussion. Water for the few in SF who utilize LC links? Wow?

  • Mark Ordonez posted at 9:39 am on Thu, Jul 3, 2014.

    marcoordonez Posts: 1165

    "It's just a golf course that benefits a very small percentage of our population."
    the same population that buys your $900 belt buckles. Ironic huh?

  • Thomas Carlson posted at 9:34 am on Thu, Jul 3, 2014.

    Thomas Carlson Posts: 156

    Here I am trying to use whatever water comes out of the sky into my rain barrels to irrigate my small garden and thus avoid using precious city water while "The Club" wants a “drought back-up supply” to insure the continued green-grassiness of their golf course. Hmm... What's wrong with this picture?

  • BJ Pheiffer posted at 8:50 am on Thu, Jul 3, 2014.

    bjgrocery Posts: 2

    It's hard to believe that in a time of water shortage, the city would consider using scarce water resources for a golf course. Please say NO!

  • Philip Taccetta posted at 8:30 am on Thu, Jul 3, 2014.

    PhiltheElder Posts: 409

    They were using treated effluent. Why the switch to potable water? If their sources dry up, the drought is too severe to be wasting potable water! It's just a golf course that benefits a very small percentage of our population. We may have a monsoon this summer, but the outlook for the next several decades is pretty grim.

  • Fred Stokes posted at 7:19 am on Thu, Jul 3, 2014.

    fredstokes Posts: 138

    The county is stealing the water rights of the ordinary folk in the Pojoaque Valley because of supposed water shortages. Then why is Santa Fe County supplying water for TWO golf courses for the rich people of Las Campanas?

    This is rob from the poor to sell to the rich. The County Commissioners should be ashamed. Hats off to the City Councilors who refuse to go along.

  • Amber Espinosa-Trujillo posted at 6:55 am on Thu, Jul 3, 2014.

    Catholic Against Hate Posts: 53

    Sorry but if there is a drought back up supply, a golf course should be at the lower end of the list! Why not use the non-potable water for such uses?


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