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Cave Creek Town Council approves $63,000 in repairs that will finally provide water to Joy Ranch Road


Tara Alatorre

CAVE CREEK – The Cave Creek Town Council unanimously approved $63,211 for leased line operation costs that repair the public connections to existing water lines on Joy Ranch Road, in the first step to finally providing running water to residents on the west-side of town.

The approval of the water line repairs is part of an ongoing struggle to provide municipal water services to residents on the west-side of Cave Creek, as the enduring drought in the Southwest has caused wells to dry up, leaving people to rely on costly water deliveries, or haul their own water. Residents without water expected to receive public connections this year after the Cahava Springs special tax district was formed in 2015, which promised infrastructure improvements that would be paid by for by bonds, according to the public hearing on June 15, 2015.

The approval of this $63,000 expenditure will finally deliver running water to residents living on Joy Ranch Road hopefully by the end of this year, according to Peter Jankowski, town manager.

“I don’t have a set date yet,” Jankowski said at the meeting on Nov. 7.  “I’m hoping to have this section done by the end of the year, that’s our goal.”

The approval of the expenditure also allows the town council to amend the financial agreement approved for possible reimbursements from the Cahava Springs Revitalization District for the water line repairs.

“I’m just thrilled to actually get this started moving,” said Councilman Ernie Bunch when voting in favor of the water line expenditure. “Speaking of moving let’s get some water moving through that line.”

Jankowski assured the council during the Nov. 7 meeting that he was already in discussion with the developer and they were prepared to fully reimburse the town, and revised financial documents should be ready by the next scheduled meeting.

The approval of the Cahava Springs special tax district was contingent on issuing bonds to the homeowners on its 230-lot subdivision that were to be paid yearly, which then would be used to fund town infrastructure projects. One of the projects highlighted was improving and activating existing waterlines on 26th Street north of Joy Ranch Road, and installing booster pumps and storage tanks necessary to deliver water to the west-side, according to a public hearing on June, 15, 2015.

Terry Smith, a Cave Creek resident, who essentially is the spokesman for the west-side’s plight for water, and also threatened to bring a lawsuit to the town unless the water line was repaired, spoke in support of the expenditure at the Nov. 7 meeting.

“I think this is what we’re waiting for!” Smith said with a large grin on his face.  “Ok, thanks, council.”