Crooked River Ranch Roundup

The usual attendees at Crooked River Ranch Club and Maintenance Association Board of Directors meeting were present at the March 3 workshop along with a few other Ranchers who wanted to petition or simply give their opinions to the board.

The homeowner association workshops are held the first Monday of each month primarily to discuss and prune Ranch issues to ready them for decision-making at the regular monthly board meeting on the third Monday of each month.

In the past, the regular monthly board meetings were the only ones held by the HOA board each month. They were getting unwieldy and too long, with many lasting until midnight. The addition of monthly workshop meetings made the regular board meetings less tiresome and more productive but of course required attendance of board members at an extra meeting each month.

The reason for doing so was that the population is growing, facilities are being expanded, more roads are being paved, and generally, Crooked River Ranch is becoming a larger and more complex community to govern.

A new stenographer, Karen Atwood, was on hand to improve taking of notes for the minutes of the meeting in order to expedite production and dissemination of copies of the minutes for consumption by Ranchers and the media. As the meetings grow in complexity and length, producing and publishing minutes of them in a timely manner had become an increasing challenge for the Ranch administrative staff.

During member input of last Monday’s workshop, the CRR Water Co. board president, Dennis Kirk, announced that the water company had received federal funding for a new tower and well to supplement the current ones and add to the company’s capacity to meet the growth of Ranch population.

Under action items, a contract with All Points Engineering was approved for an engineering study for the long-awaited alternate Ranch exit. Another contract was also approved for an engineering study of a combined facility to house both Ranch and golf maintenance storage space for machinery and offices which have outgrown their current separate buildings.

The board also approved funds for purchase of a new server which will increase storage capacity and speed to the Ranch’s computer system which keeps operations humming. That decision was followed by assigning board members to review nine committees at future monthly work sessions between May and August.

Administrator Judy Lapora made presentations on road issues and collection of delinquent dues.

The road issues discussion revolved around conditions that prevailed during the dumping of over two feet of snow on the Ranch the latter part of February. Although the road department worked many extra hours for several days to clear 90 miles of Ranch roads of snow, inevitably some residents were “snowed in” for several days.

That occurred when either or both of two things happened: residents didn’t have the equipment to clear their own driveways out to plowed streets and roads; or the Ranch didn’t have the capacity to plow the streets in front of their homes quickly enough. Evidently those living on cul de sacs had a higher incidence of extended isolation.

This discussion was quite lengthy and inconclusive and examined how to establish the best priority system, which included the consideration of buying traffic meters. Nobody present had any idea of the meters’ cost, so it was decided to investigate that before the monthly meeting.

Moving on to collection of delinquent dues, LaPora reported that they totaled $267,841 which was claimed to be a considerable reduction of the delinquent total dollars that the board inherited. Although that sum was not be quantified. Lapora said 164 payment plans had been established with Ranchers who have delinquent dues.

Association President Ben Johnson praised Lapora for her efforts and pointed out that the progress she had made reducing delinquent dues was no stroll in the park.

One of the obstacles Lapora had to deal with was the fact that some HOA members and or their incomes were exempt from being involuntarily garnished for various reasons. Because of the touchy legal issues surrounding this subject, Johnson deferred further discussion until the afternoon executive session from which the public is excluded.

LaPora also updated the board on progress being made installing the new postal mailbox clusters, which is underway. That gave rise to the issue of what the agreement with the U.S. Postal Service from the February board meeting stipulated about the future status of roadside delivery to private mailboxes some Ranchers possess.

Is switching to the newly installed CPUs mandatory or optional? There was confusion on this point. Johnson asked for a motion to clarify it resulting in one of the longer discussions of the meeting.

A motion was finally passed that stipulated Ranchers were obliged to make use of the new CPUs to receive their mail unless they were exempt for hardship reasons for which they had to apply to the post office. Don’t be surprised if this issue is rehashed at the March 18 board meeting.

Further discussion on the shooting zone issue in the National Grassland just north of the Ranch was tabled to the March monthly meeting, along with further steps in fire prevention measures to take on Ranch owned properties as briefly outlined by Director George Mitchener.

The meeting adjourned around 12:30 p.m.

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