Rim Trail Domestic Water Improvement District
240 E. Box Elder Lane   Payson, AZ 85541   (928) 472-7585



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Board of Directors Board Expansion

The Rim Trail DWID Board of Directors has been looking at expanding the Board from three to five members for several years. Since the Bylaws update of 2011 our district has worked towards having more property owners involved in the management of our water district. However, existing State Law made it difficult for our District to increase participation from 3 to 5 members. With the change in State Law last year, it now just requires a simple vote to increase the board membership.
As a property owner in the Rim Trail DWID, you now have an opportunity to decide this issue. An initiative to expand our Board to five members will be on the November 8th General Election ballot. It will be a simple yes or no vote to expand. There are also two of our residents listed as candidates who are running for these two additional positions, Judy Scott and John Tanner.

Please note that any individual that has an ownership interest in the property is eligible to vote ... this would include individuals that are involved in a partnership, LLC, etc. 

The procedure to get a ballot to vote on this question and the two candidates is as follows:
  • If you are already a registered voter in the Rim Trail District, the ballot you will get for Nov 8 will look like the sample below.
  • If you are a registered voter in Arizona but do not vote in the District, you must request a ballot from the Gila County Elections Department.
Click here to download the Request form. Once you have submitted the request, the Gila County Elections Dept. will mail you a ballot so you can vote on this issue. If you don’t want to use the mail, you can call the Elections Dept. at 928 402-8709 and they will mail you the ballot. You must request your ballot by October 28th in order to get it in time to cast your ballot and return it by mail to the Elections Dept. 

Paperless Automatic Billing is Coming

We are in the process of setting up and testing the system with our bank to allow for Automatic Billing from checking accounts. Expect to have the system ready for customers with the October billing cycle.  Look at next month’s newsletter for more information to enroll in Automatic Billing.



Over the last 3 weeks we have had two water line breaks that were man-caused. One break was due to someone driving their vehicle too close to one of our Blue Water Line Markers for a water valve box and consequently broke the main water line.  The second break was due to digging without first calling 811.

We realize most of us who have other homes in the valley or moved from the city, expect the water lines to be in the street utility easements.  That is not the case in the Rim Trail Domestic Water Improvement District. The original water lines were installed in the 1950’s and they did not necessarily follow along our roads in Rim Trail. In fact about 25% of our water lines run thru private property.  The water line still has an utility easement, but it goes through some of the properties in our community, instead of along the roads. Don Ascoli has talked with several of our property owners to make them aware that we will be installing more Blue Water Line Markers in Rim Trail. Then you can see where the water line goes through the properties and avoid hitting any water lines.  Until we can complete this project, the only way to know where the water line is before you dig is to call 811, Arizona Blue Stake. It is also the LAW.


In our District Rules and Regulations document (on our web site) dated January 1, 2007, we require all home owners to have a private shut-off valve on their side of the meter (Paragraph 5.4.B). Customers are not to use the District’s meter as a “turn-on/turn-off device except in the case of emergency” (paragraph 5.2.I).

We realize that many of our homes were built years ago before the idea of having a personal shut-off valve was instituted.  However, the need for this is real; on many occasions if a homeowner had such a valve and used it, it would have prevented major water leaks.  Using our district meter valve to turn on and off your water wears it out and if it fails, we have to shut down the main line to replace it. In addition, there is the issue of backflow, of water either being drained or siphoned from your home if there is a break or leak on the main line.

So to help our homeowners who do not have such a private shut-off valve, please contact Don Ascoli, District Manager, so we can work together to get one installed along with a backflow check valve.  Don Ascoli's cell phone is 480-250-9089.

Official 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 mailboxes). 

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. 

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