Verde Lakes group invites commissioners to lunch

Verde Lakes Recreation Corporation hopes to meet with the Parks and Recreation Commission and the Trails Commission next month to talk more about the future of two small ponds, known as Verde Lakes.

The ponds are situated on five acres along Aspen Trail in the community, also known as, Verde Lakes.

"We are asking them to meet us at the lakes on Friday, April 2, for an informational meeting to see what we can do together," explained Joan Wilson.

Wilson, the secretary/treasurer for the group that maintains the recreational site, confirmed that they are currently without liability insurance and are worried. She said the lowest estimate is $5,800/annually. Property taxes are another $350/year along with other general maintenance costs. Only 28 members pay the $20/year dues in the recreational corporation formed in 1982.

Earlier this year, it was learned that there had been some discussion about Camp Verde assuming the small, scenic site as a town park. There have been a few meetings on the subject. One on Jan. 11 brought out 31 people to the lake-site, some members and non-members looking for other possible solutions. Nearby residents have expressed concern about increased traffic, among other things, if the property becomes a park.

Resident Deborah Moody indicated that her father actually donated the lake property in the first place (Wilson said it was purchased); and that there is a caveat in the deed that if the property is no longer used for recreational purposes, it reverts back to the deed holder. Moody, who attended the January meeting, said several suggestions were made including: do nothing, increase membership in the recreation corporation, sponsor an annual festival to raise money, return the ponds to the original owner(s) or lease the ponds to a third party.

Wilson suggested that if the insurance issue cannot be resolved, she felt they would favor a town take-over.

"They seemed to agree if they couldn't work out the liability issues, there may not be any other choice," she said.

The board met and agreed to send an invitation to the commissioners to get together next month for more input, she said.

Verde Lakes Recreation Corporation board consists of Chair Jim Young and members, Eugene Ely, Berlie Moore, Lindner Dees.

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