Coyote Springs still plans to build new homes in early 2017 at the master-planned development.

Emilia Cargill, Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Coyote Springs Land, gave her year-end report at the final meeting of the year of the Coyote Springs General Improvement District at the courthouse in Pioche Dec. 21.

“It still remains the Seeno brothers plan that we are going to break ground on houses in Clark County in the first quarter of 2017,” she said. “The detention basin work is going to start up again. We are doing all the engineering for the additional necessary permits, and we will start grading in late spring over on those basins that are currently permitted. There is still about 1.5 million yards of dirt that still has to be moved.”

In addition, on the Clark County side she said, “HDR Engineering is in the process, under contract, of figuring out where we are with all of the water and sewer treatment plant improvements, to determine where they left off in 2010, what needs to be done to make them fully operational in 2016. They need to determine what seals, if any, have dried out, what values are broken or cracked, where the different pipes are, confirm everything is still there that was left in the ground. We expect HDR will give us a bid by the end of January.”

She said the goal is to start construction and the improvements in May or June, and finish with the water and sewer treatment plant by the end of 2016.

Coyote Springs is also excited about the Faraday Future car factory project at Apex. Cargill said, “I have had a number of people call and ask me about any other industrial related sites, and I always suggest, ‘Let’s do it on the Lincoln County side.’ I’m also excited to see the interchange improvements at the I-15, U.S. 93 exit. We’re hoping it is going to be good for the region overall.”

A question she brought to the GID board, which is also all members of the county commission, is could there be better uses made of the $300,000 in the Capital Improvement Fund, instead of having it all set aside, as it is now, for renewable energy? “Let’s say we found an industrial user on the Lincoln County side. Could not those monies go toward engineering, roads, bringing in the Kane Springs water, etc? I’m hopeful it could be used for capital improvement projects related to Coyote Springs/Lincoln County property.”

County Auditor Dan McArthur said the state does require the GID to have a five-year Capital Improvement Plan, “but it can be spent on anything construction related. It does not have to be specifically for renewable energy.”

Cargill said, “We’d like to do something with that money, put it to work. It’s not being used in a productive way. Right now, we can’t do anything with it.”

The GID board did not make any decision as to what they would do at this time.