Click on the image at the right to connect to the National Weather Service
for weather conditions for the general Rim Trail area.
Today I went to inspect the Chase Pit to see if it could be
re-opened for the 26th of July to receive brush, pine needles and grass clippings again following the burn that
took place on May 26th. The pit has been CLOSED for fire safety reasons since the burn because there were
still hot spots of over 500 degrees as recent as the end of June.
I discovered today that someone with access to a key has dumped
three loads of material in the pit since the end of June. By doing this they have not only put the residents
of Verde Glen, Rim Trail, Washington Park, Cowan Ranch in danger of a wildfire, but they have also dumped building
materials which is ILLEGAL. This illegal dumping could cause the Forest Service to permanently close this
The CHASE PIT is still CLOSED until further notice, at least until
it can be pushed to make room for material to be dumped. There are a lot of large logs and stumps that did
not burn that are blocking any more use of the pit at this time.
Whispering Pines Fire District
928-474-3088 – office
623-337-2576 – cell
928-472-3392 – FAX
Revised Rate &
Several minor corrections were made to the Rate & Fee
Schedule during the Board Meeting on June 27, 2015. Most were technical.
However, there was one change which will benefit the vast majority
of the RTDWID users. Starting July 1, 2015, most users will be billed simply the base rate of $79
each month regardless of gallons used. At the end of the fiscal year (June 30), each account will be
analyzed to determine if the annual usage was in excess of 36,000 gallons. If this is the case, a one-time
billing for excess usage will be made. The Board determined that most users only have two to three
months where usage is over the base 3,000 gallons and that the usage during the rest of the year is far below the
base. The Board decided that it was fairer to most users to not charge for excess usage where, for the
most part, overall usage is below 36,000 gallons per year.
The Board trusts that most users will welcome
this enhancement. It also will simplify things for those that wish to pre-pay, say on a quarterly basis,
to avoid having to write a check each month and/or worry about excess use charges.
Please visit the Financial Statements page to view the complete
new Rate & Fee Schedule.
To residents along the East Verde River above Second
Cattle have been a significant part of the history of the Payson
area. Many of the early settlers in the area were cattlemen and cattle were a big part of the economic base
of the area below the Mogollon Rim. For a variety of reasons cattle have not been pastured in many areas
surrounding Payson for a number of years. One of those areas is along the East Verde River that is referred
to as the “East Verde Pasture” of the Cross V grazing allotment. Many residents enjoy seeing the cattle
quietly grazing on the range, others may find them a nuisance when they get into their yards and flower
The purpose of this note is to advise the residents along the East
Verde River in the subdivisions of Washington Park, Rim Trail Ranch, Verde Glen, Cowan Ranch and Whispering Pines
that cattle will be returning to the East Verde Pasture about August 15, 2015 and are planned to be moved out of
the pasture by the end of October, 2015. Many long time residents of the area are aware and understand that
Arizona is an “Open Range” state and if property owners prefer to not have cattle on their property it is the
owner’s responsibility to adequately fence their property (A.R.S 3-1426, 3-1427).
Residents who may want help with getting their fences in shape or
building a new one may want to contact Fred Henderson – 928-472-6627 or Ty Chilson (Payson Fence Co.) –
928-474-7400. Both are natives of Payson. Fred is an individual with many years of barb wire fence
building and repair experience and Ty is a licensed contractor and builds most any type of fence except
block. There may be other good fence builders in the Payson area and this is not an endorsement of either one
but are two we know and/or have had experience with.
Cross V Ranch
7/8/15 The contract for construction of the C.C. Cragin pipeline
has been awarded to T & T Construction Company of Fountain Hills, AZ. Current schedule shows that they
will begin digging the week of August 5th at the Tailrace at the North end of the project and work their way
down Belluzzi Blvd. The Rim Trail DWID will blue stake our service lines on Belluzzi Blvd the week of July 20th.
Current estimate is that the trenching will progress at 200 to 300 feet per day, so we expect this project will
impact travel on Belluzzi Blvd. between two and three weeks. Observe road construction warning signs as
you approach Belluzzi Blvd and drive carefully as there will be many construction workers along the
Don M. Ascoli, District Manager
Current Rate and Fee Schedule
7-1-2015Official Postings of
Board Meeting Minutes and Agendas can be found on
the bulletin board at the corner of Beluzzi Blvd and Bridge Road. (Right beside the
Click Here to read the
official Posting Location Notice provided to Gila County.
Additionally this site is a repository of Agendas and Notices
they can be found at: Agendas and Notices. These go back to March 2011.
A repository of Minutes can also be found on this site
at: Minutes. These also go back
to March 2011.