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Kingman, AZ

Rhodes Development

I think the water system you are referring to my be the county's, which is in the midst of alittle turmoil. Seems like its another lawsuit in the works for the county.  (Feb 24, 2009 | post #8108)

Kingman, AZ

Rhodes Development

The I40 Mohave County Industrial Corridor was approved by the Mohave County Area Plan, YEARS ago, what does it matter now who owns the land? Just like any other landowners out there, hopefully, they will profit based from the investments they have made in conditioning their properties for puirchase and use.  (Feb 24, 2009 | post #8106)

Kingman, AZ

Rhodes Development

From the last information I received, HB 2142 is currently tied up in house committees for review. As to senate bills, 1239 and 1358 are still on the senate floor. Not much to update about those yet. Will keep you posted as I get more info. And during your research if you get the information update first, I would appreciate the news myself. Remember that the house bill has to pass the house first, then will move to the senate for review and vote, if passed, then to the govenor. The senate bills will have to pass the senate first, then the house gets their turn to modify or 'say', then the governor. If you choose to write or email your senators or house representatives, it is important to realize just which branch of government is currently reviewing the bill. Thanks for your interest Terry.  (Feb 22, 2009 | post #8098)

Kingman, AZ

Rhodes Development

I am not sure what has you so 'suspect' of Ron Gould and Buster Johnson. The I40 Corridor has been cultivated for years to support industry. It has suffered its growing pains politically long before Buster or Ron were ever involved with the state or county. And the trials of the landowners have been political fodder for as long as I have lived in the area. But here is the truth, industry can support up to 64%+ of any counties tax base. It creates jobs. It is environmentally ahead of residential and commercial developments being more energy efficient and using less water for productions. But it still needs a sufficient power source and a sufficient water source to sustain its development. Last year, Unisource announced publicly and hosted many public hearings regarding its proposed 230k line that was being paid for by Mecurator, (the old Duval Mine). Since Mecurator was paying for the construction of this line, Unisource determined that it would commit to bringing the line further south into the I40 Industrial Corridor in order to better service any further industrial development in the corridor. In other words they were seizing the opportunity to upgrade their current infrastructure to support the anticipated needs of the future. I got involved as a resident of Mohave County in support of bringing the 230k line into the corridor, so I have tried to do what I can to support industrial development in Mohave County. Now I am involved again in attempts to make sure that water reserved for industrial development, stays reserved for that development. In alot of ways we are still a 'baby county'. Many didn't even know we existed just 10 years ago. Since then, attention has been brought to the I93/I40 interchange nationally. Add that to the interchange's proximity to the I40 Corridor and it doesn't take much to realize we have the potential of creating an industrial Mecca right in our own back yard with all of the benefits.  (Feb 21, 2009 | post #8095)

Kingman, AZ

Rhodes Development

Good advise and you should know that I have taken action to support industry and I try to do my research. The Mohave County Water Authority is basically an entity created so that Kingman could legally sell its river allocations to the municpalities of Lake Havasu and Bullhead or its 'sister cities' and legally collect the revenues from that sale. Their main purpose is to oversee the sale of the remaining allocations so that they are within the Arizona water transfer statutes and to see that any moneies paid to Kingman from that sale are used for furthering Kingman's own water supply. Basically the MCWA is an oversight committee created by the county to manage a trust held for Kingman. http://www.adwr.st ate.az.us/dwr/Cont ent/Hot_Topics/SWA G/MCWA_Speech.pdf Currently, a municipality within the state of Arizona cannot service water to an industrial development outside of its limits. This is where HB 2142 has gained some support from the city governments on the local levels. Part of HB 2142 changes current legislation to ALLOW municipalities to service water outside of their current limits. But in addition it lifts the reservation of that 3500 acft for industrial use only. The senate bill that Ron Gould supports, SB 1358 will allow municipalities the same freedom but does not alter the current restrictions on the Colorado River allocations for industrial use only.  (Feb 21, 2009 | post #8093)

Kingman, AZ

Rhodes Development

The southern part of the state does want it just like they want every drop they can get. First of all ANYBODY who wants to use that water has to apply for it, government is no different than the private sector here. So there is more process, possible legislature and ect. to get through before even Phoenix can get that water. Unlike what you have been led to believe, they can't just take it, yet. Secondly, Maricopa County collects about 65% of its revenues FROM INDUSTRY. They have been very successful in promoting their industrial corridors, to the point that the only area that CAN or has the potential of competing with them in the entire State for new industry IS the I40 Industrial Corridor of Mohave County. Thirdly, no one has applied for that water in the 10 years you speak of, not even the souther areas of the state, goes back to it being class 6 priority until about 3 years ago. It has only "sat" there unused for 2-3 years, NOT 10. The worse thing McLain has done with the initiation of this bill is EXPOSE the water to the southern areas in her attempts to snag it for municipality uses. Just support Ron Gould's SB 1358 which will allow municipalities to service water to industry outside of their regional limits and know that in my opinion, it is wiser to keep the restriction on that water for now, 3 years isn't long enough for someone to apply for it. Meanwhile, know that I will keep my ear close to the ground to defend that water from the southern areas as well. Perhaps you should too. We need to nourish and promote idustrial development to secure a better economic development for ourselves and future overall.  (Feb 21, 2009 | post #8091)

Kingman, AZ

Rhodes Development

The water of issue here held a priority classification of 6 until 2005 when it was lifted to a priority 4. Not hard to imagine why there haven't been any applications for water that can be revoked once paid for and approved if the other priority classes need it. This is why no one, not even industry has applied. Industrial developments take more time, have more restrictions and support more of any county's tax base than any other. Why reserve it for industry? Know anyone who would like to work here instead of moving to Phoenix to do so? Would you like to see you property taxes go up just to provide less and less services or would you prefer another option, maybe you should take another look at what industry supports and start promoting industry. There currently exists an abandoned pipeline that could be used to bring the water up to the I40 Industrial Corridor. Though there is minimal development there now, (power has been an issue,but the completion of the 230k line will resolve it) it is foreseeable that in the next 10-20 years industry will use that water. The more available from the river, the less demand on the Sacramento Basin. And who says tax payers will have to pay for the pipeline? That will be up to the taxpayers. But industrial developers, like other developers do have other resources to do some creative financing when there is a profit to be made in the project. Finally, I need to know just how Phoenix can take those rights away. I keep hearing that but that will also require legislation and the only one I see trying to grab that water is Lake Havasu and Bullhead City municipalities to use for their water issues created over the past 5 years from rapid residential and commercial development.  (Feb 14, 2009 | post #7995)

Kingman, AZ

Rhodes Development

Currently, Rhodes Homes AZ has proven they have almost as much water as the greater Las Vegas basin for residential development. As it stands today, Mohave County has development in planning that will take our population from 200,000 to over a million residents in a very short time. The County has not provided a sustainable and adequate water supply for new industrial development in the I-40 corridor in Golden Valley. Economic development is not just important but vital to our County's future. Giving away our water is giving away our future. Senator Nelson is also sponsoring SB1239 which is the same as HB2142 to further the chance of taking the water and to confuse the citizens. Senator Gould has sponsored SB1358 that will allow the cities to be able to furnish water for industrial use through their systems. This bill works for those of us who care about the future growth of our job base in Mohave County and we need to get in passed instead of the other two. Sustainable development is imperative to our future and the future of our children and grandchildren. HB2142 is scheduled to be heard in Natural Resources and Rural Affairs on February 9, 2009 at 2pm. Please call 800-352-8404 or e-mail Rep Bill Konopnicki (Chairman) at bkonopnicki@azleg. gov and Rep. Russell Jones (Vice-Chairman) at rjones@azleg.gov along with committee members Christopher Deschene cdeschene@azleg.go v Patricia Fleming pfleming@azleg.gov Lynne Pancrazi lpancrazi@azleg.go v Frank Pratt fpratt@azleg.gov David Stevens dstevens@azleg.gov Jerry Weiers jpweiers@azleg.gov and ask them to pull HB2142 to protect our most vital resource, our water…our jobs. Also copy the Speaker of the House Kirk Adams kadams@azleg.gov Majority Leader John McComish jmccomish@azleg.go v and Minority Leader David Lujan dlujan@azleg.gov . Finally send a request to President Robert “Bob” Burns rburns@azleg.gov of the Senate asking him to assign HB2142 and SB1239 to the Retirement and Rural Development Committee and ask for his support on SB1358. I realize this is long and will take some effort but without your support and input to the legislature we will lose this tool in attracting industry to Mohave County.  (Feb 7, 2009 | post #7953)

Kingman, AZ

Rhodes Development

Sorry about the c&p but here goes, MOHAVE COUNTY BOARD of SUPERVISORS 2001 College Drive, Suite 90 Telephone Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403 Fax johnsbd@frontierne t.net BUSTER D. JOHNSON SUPERVISOR DISTRICT 3 ************CITIZE NS CALL TO ACTION************ February 5, 2009 ACT NOW OR LOSE THOUSANDS OF JOBS Again this year I am asking for your help to preserve the water that has been set aside for industrial use. They are running the same bill they tried last session. The River Communities are close to losing their ability to attract industry. The Mohave County Water Authority (MCWA) has convinced our Legislators, Nancy McClain and Doris Goodale, to sponsor HB2142. HB2142 will take away 3500 acre feet of Colorado River water allotment that was to be exclusively for industrial users. This requirement was placed in effect by the Dept. of Interior in the 1990’s to allow for industrial growth along the river. The Bullhead City/Mohave Valley area is attracting many new shopping centers. Big business is beginning to see the value of locating in this area. Now, we need the good paying jobs so our citizens can afford to live and shop in the area. The River Communities need employment that is not related to tourism, gambling and retirees. A balanced economy is a must for their survival. Industry brings that balance. It gives us high paying, stable employment that we so desperately need. Without industrial growth the only source of revenue will become the burden of the homeowner and that is what can happen if this bill passes. Having a dedicated water supply for industry is an important tool in attracting industry. There is a lot of interest being shown by prospective major employers in the Mohave Valley area. Without the assurance of water they will go else where taking their jobs and money with them. We cannot allow this to happen. HB2142 gives the water to the municipalities. To assume that this water would some how be held back for industrial development by LHC and BHC is simply wishful thinking. We have many examples of government keeping things safe for us, social security being one. You would never move the kids’ college fund into your checking account and expect the money to be there when the kids need it. MCWA states that no one has requested the water in ten years but they fail to say that the water was at a level that made it usable only on a temporary basis. Now that its classification level has been upgraded, it is now viable for long-term use by industrial or commercial developers willing to invest millions or hundreds of millions in Mohave County. Everyone in the state of Arizona is aware of the need to protect our water resources by wise stewardship. HB2142 would have a negative effect on preserving our water for much needed industrial growth.  (Feb 7, 2009 | post #7952)

Kingman, AZ

Rhodes Development

For those of you who observed Monday's meeting, One of the speakers stated that according to the USGS report, we only had about 50 years at the most of water left. I have that report and I cannot find that suggested in anything in it. My own conclusions of the report basically confirm what we already knew, we are using the water faster than Mother Nature can recharge it. The report does not offer a determinant as to just how much water is actually there. Nor does it confirm just where the water that feeds our aquifers comes from or flows to other than the Detrital Basin feeds the Colorado River. Most reports reinforce that we do have water to supply us for a 100 years + and this includes the massive growth explosion anticipated between now and 2050. We do need to be conscious of our supply and do our utmost to maintain our resource, but instilling water "panic" in the public will not motivate us to resolution.  (Jan 18, 2009 | post #7733)

Kingman, AZ

Rhodes Development

"I can tell you the type of "jobs" you think it's going to bring are a handful of construction jobs for a few months and then a few minimum wage service jobs to run the cash registers for the folks who live in the big fancy community. No thanks. The type of jobs the community needs are industrial, office, medical, etc. The Westar development will do nothing for economic growth, it's just going to be more convenient for folks who live close to it. " I agree that the community does need the job opportunities and services provided by your comments. I also agree that the community needs conveniences and amenities that this project may offer or at least open more opportunity up to the nearer future. And cashier positions aren't anything to brush off in this economy, or are you fortunate enough not to have had to notice? The residents of GV have desired more commercial amenities for sometime now. (a grocery store especially). I disagree with your economic growth position, I see it as a progressive move in the right direction.  (Jan 11, 2009 | post #7693)

Kingman, AZ

Rhodes Development

Please remember to be heard next Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at the BOS meeting. If not, please take the time to email or write the BOS with your support of this project.  (Jan 4, 2009 | post #7652)

Topock, AZ

Rhodes Development

http://kingmandail yminer.com/main.as p?SectionID=1& subsectionID=1 &articleID=287 32 http://kingmandail yminer.com/main.as p?SectionID=1& subsectionID=1 &articleID=287 27 These links seem to represent the "tone" of the Golden Valley residents. Note one was approved and one wasn't. Mr. Holsinger and Ms. Schwab were members of the original committee for the Golden Valley Area Plan. Though adopted almost 20 years ago, they have remained active in support of its original planning and zoning operatives.  (Dec 15, 2008 | post #7546)

Topock, AZ

Rhodes Development

Here is the link to the information you requested. http://legacy.co.m ohave.az.us/depts/ bos/bos_default.as p IF you choose email, click the highlighted name. It will open each representatives profile. Click on the name again to go directly to their outlook express email.  (Dec 15, 2008 | post #7545)

Topock, AZ

Rhodes Development

Whether they take it into condsideration or not, it is the voices heard at the meeting that are recorded into the meeting minutes. It is important to be there and to be on record with your opinion. If you do not have the time or means of being there, then send your BOS a letter or email stating your approval or disproval. As elected officials, our representatives like to have "back-up ", support of their decisions to reflect to the public how well they were representing us in the decision made. Since this is a county issue, your letter/email support or opposition to the other two BOS could help with their votes as well. Make sure to include your address and how this project may affect you. Those of you who have purchased land in the county but are not living here yet, do have a voice with these representatives as well. You have invested in this county and pay property taxes, that is the condsideration. Pamela, I am marking my calandar for Jan. 12, 2009. I hope to see you there.  (Dec 14, 2008 | post #7543)