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Mayor wants discussion on Chamisa golf course

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Chamisa Hills Country Club Golf Course.

Chamisa Hills Country Club Golf Course.

Rio Rancho Mayor Tom Swisstack told councilors at their meeting last night that he wants city staff to arrange a work session to discuss ways the city might help the eventual purchaser of Chamisa Hils Golf and Country Club.

Chamisa Hills owner Harry Apodaca has put the 43-year-old golf course up for sale via an online auction on May 29 through Colorado-based  NavPoint Real Estate. The minimum bid is set at $850,000.

Apodaca said the facility has been losing money for years. He said a new water rate schedule the council approved in January played a role in his decision to sell. The new schedule will raise the rate he pays for recycled water to irrigate the course from 47 cents per 1,000 to $3.28 in June 2014.

Several city residents who spoke at the meeting said the golf course has been deteriorating for years.

Councilor Mark Scott, whose district includes the golf course, said the workshop could help revolve confusion about zoning of the golf course property.

Councilors Chuck Wilkins and Lonnie Clayton thought it was premature to hold a workshop before a buyer has emerged.

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