As a former co-owner of the facility known as Club Rio Rancho, I experienced a profound sadness as we all watched the facility go up in flames on Oct. 4.
Thousands of residents utilized the club as a “surrogate downtown meeting place” and a place to celebrate a special event or play a round of golf since the facility opened in 1970. This facility is iconic and part of our fabric, but at the same time was one that suffered by the deafening silence of the mayor and city government of Rio Rancho; thus the sadness turns to anger.
The mayor and the city will proudly tell you that they assisted past owners with a low water rate to allow them to irrigate the golf course. This “low water rate” still meant a water bill to the owners on an annual basis of approximately $250,000.