Pioneertown corporation of Yucca Valley has made an application to the state department of public works, division of water resources, to appropriate one half cubic foot per second of water from Burns Creek, tributary to PEPS creek on the Mojave desert, for domestic purposes, the department announced.
The division has also received an application of the Pioneertown corporation of Yucca Valley to appropriate 20,000 gallons per day from Burns Creek, Tributary to Pipes creek, for domestic purposes, to the cost an estimated $47,500, and that of Richard D. Rutledge of for the mastic water from Mesquite Springs, tributary to Seales lake bed. The work will cost an estimated $1000.
The company was ordered to submit within 90 days a written plan for the development of a satisfactory water system to the Pioneertown and Rim Rock area near Yucca Valley, or in the alternative, a plan for divesting itself of a well and well sites.
A public hearing on the complaints of Pioneertown and Rim Rock property owners about the ownership and operation of the water system has been set by the California Public Utilities Commission
The county's Special District Department is recommending formation of an improvement zone for the small community north of Yucca Valley but is suggesting an advisory election prior to a proposed one-year $122 fee on the 300 properties in the area to finance design of a system.
After hearing a number of opposing views, Supervisor Robert Hammock joked, "why don't you just shoot it out?" Some protesting residents responded good-naturedly that Hammock's idea wasn't so bad.
The Board of Supervisors Monday's scheduled a hearing for 2 p.m. Dec. 10, on whether to levy a $75-per-acre fee on Pioneertown property owners to finance design of a new water system for the small desert community north of Yucca Valley.
Concerned that there may not be an adequate source of supply, county supervisors Monday postpone action for at least a month on a proposal to start design of a new water system for Pioneertown, near Yucca Valley.
A special district officials said the new system, which additionally would serve about 100 homes and businesses would replace a private one that is undersized and deteriorated and that has about 40 connections. A number of residents now reportedly must have water hauled to their homes.