6/13/22 4:28 PM
CRR SPECIAL ROAD DISTRICT (SRD) MEETING
Today’s meeting was called to order by SRD Commissioner Ann House at 10:00 AM.
SRD Chairperson Sue Haley was absent due to being exposed to Covid.
SRD Commissioner Dana Pierce along with CRR Road Supervisor Jordan Jones present.
CRR Water Company General Manager, Frank Day in attendance.
HOT TOPIC-Sundown Canyon Road
Since the fall 2021, Sundown Canyon Road and the controversy surrounding forcing the Water Company to move the vault has been on Chairperson Sue Haley’s radar.
At the Board of Directors, 11/15/21, meeting, former Ranch Director/Treasure Jerry Cooper stated, “By reading the TEXT-they’re (Ranch Water Company) Fighting Back.” Ranch President Bill explained, “The Water Company doesn’t want to move the vault” and added the Water Company has been given time by the SRD to explore options.
Cooper asked, “Are we going to look into legal action?” Burt answered, “It could come to that I suppose.” Burt reminded Copper that the Ranch doesn’t “have any skin in the game.”
Cooper retorted, “We do, well, the people down at the bottom there deserve our attention…” Burt stated, “Absolutely” and explained
“PRESSURE CAN BE APPLIED HERE AND THERE…”
Last November we asked Chairperson Haley to clarify SRD’s role vs the HOA’s role regarding the Sundown Canyon Road Project/Proposal. According to Haley, “Jordan started rebuilding the road and was the first one to ask Frank Day to move the vault and then Frank refused- that’s how the SRD became involved.” Further, “The Ranch has received lots of complaints about Sundown Canyon…”
Haley believes the Ranch requested their help,“Because we’re the road authority and we can ask the Water Company to move the vault. The Ranch can’t ask or make the water Company move the vault so that’s why the SRD got involved.” “We’re the ultimate authority, but we work together with the Road Department.”
“Jordan or Judy (Ranch Manager Judy Lapora) come to us if they think we need to be involved. Mainly the SRD, takes care of the paved roads and Jordan takes care of the gravel roads.”
Haley’s response to Cooper’s remarks about “legal action”: “The SRD, as you know, doesn’t have the funding to hire a lawyer, I think we got, kinda got put in the middle of it.”
“ARE WE GOING TO LOOK INTO LEGAL ACTION?”
“PRESSURE CAN BE APPLIED HERE AND THERE”
Returning to today’s SRD meeting, the Commission confirmed they have decided to retain legal counsel to help them understand what they can or can’t do statutorily regarding utilities in right-of ways.
Commissioner House read a prepared statement from Chairperson Haley that confirmed Haley had contacted 3 lawyers and recommended hiring the Bend law firm of, Bryant Lovlien & Jarvis. The Commission voted and approved Haley’s recommendation.
Frank Day and attendees were allowed to respond, comment and ask questions. Mr. Day also stated they too are reviewing statutes and have completed an engineering study that should be published within the next 30 days.
Day stated, “The cost is far above what anybody could believe…”
Earlier, Day told Ranch Matters (RM), “The Water Company will continue to follow state and county codes-keep in mind, if this moves forward, it’s going to cost everyone.”
RM has been told that there are less than 30 homes in the Sundown Canyon area.
Who should pay for this expensive project, “EVERYONE” or just the Sundown Canyon homeowners?
Ranch Matters Staff
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