Crook County Court has appointed a panel to serve as hearings officers to consider claims filed against the county under Measure 37.
Measure 37 is the initiative passed by Oregon voters in November which provides that compensation will be paid to landowners whenever the value of their property is reduced through legislative action or enforcement of land-use regulations. Alternatively, the measure provides that waiver of enactments and regulations can be granted in lieu of compensation.
The individuals appointed are all practicing attorneys who reside in Crook County. They are:
Greg Lynch, an Oregon Circuit Judge pro-tem and a partner in the firm of Hurley, Lynch & Re PC, specializing in litigation. Lynch is also a former member of the Crook County Planning Commission. He graduated from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College and was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 1975.
Noreen Saltveit McGraw, an Oregon circuit judge pro-tem and an attorney, arbitrator and mediator. She is former vice president and member of the Oregon State Bar Association board of governors and a delegate to the American Bar Association. She graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1953.
James B. Minturn, former district attorney of Crook County and retired partner in the firm of Minturn, Larson, VanVoorhees and Dixon. Minturn is a graduate of the Willamette University School of Law and was admitted to practice in 1952.
Hearings officers are empowered by the Crook County Court to hear claims filed under Measure 37 and to award just compensation or to grant waivers as allowed by state law and county ordinance.
Claims will be assigned by the County Judge on a rotating basis to individual hearings officers as they are received. Hearings officers will be compensated on an hourly basis from deposits paid by claimants.
Crook County Judge Scott R. Cooper noted "This is a panel which has unimpeachable credibility, shining credentials and a deep respect for and knowledge of the law and a heart for Crook County. Crook County is lucky they have agreed to serve, and the County Court believes citizens will be well served as they pursue equitable remedies to which the law entitles them."
As of last Wednesday, Crook County had received numerous inquiries and handed out approximately 40 application packets.