6/10/20, 12:54 PM
On June 1st, Ranch Matters published a report titled, “SPIES LIKE US” regarding an interview with former Ranch General Maintenance Supervisor, Steve Swigart. In the report, Swigart discussed his sudden termination from the Ranch and he shared some of his thoughts and experiences as the Maintenance Supervisor.
Swigart explained he had “many responsibilities as the Ranch General Maintenance Supervisor.” One project that was not covered in the report, but discussed by Swigart dealt with the RV Park Septic Systems and the addition of 2 RV Dump Stations in the D Section of the park.
According to Swigart, the septic systems are not designed or certified for RV Dump Stations.
Our report ended with “MORE TO COME.”
Last night we sat down with Swigart and he elaborated on the RV Park Septic Systems and the recently added Dump Stations.
In our discussion, Swigart referenced the recent unprecedented thunderstorm that hit Central Oregon. He said there’s another storm brewing, a “SHIT STORM” on the Ranch.
Swigart stated, “I want everyone to know, I protested the project from the very beginning, I knew it wasn’t allowed, Ranch President, Carl Harbour knew it wasn’t allowed, but he (Harbour) apparently disregarded my advice and proceeded anyway.”
Swigart added, “I knew there would be potentially long and short term consequences, including financial consequences and was worried the Ranch would shift the blame on to me like they have done with other projects.” He stressed, “I’m not going to be their fall guy.”
Last week Ranch Matters met with a DEQ representative in Portland and discussed Swigart’s concerns and hand delivered a letter that stated the following:
“We have a question regarding a couple of septic systems on Crooked River Ranch one of the largest HOA’s in Oregon. We are members of the HOA and also have a news group that reports on stories throughout Oregon. A former employee of the Ranch contacted our news group and asked us to investigate whether the Ranch Officials had prior authorization/permits to modify their engineered septic system to include RV Dump Stations. According to the former employee’s observations, the septic system was not designed to include the Dump Station modifications currently under construction in the RV Park. Can you provide any information that confirms the current Dump Stations modifications have been approved by DEQ?”
Swigart was RIGHT.
We recently heard from a DEQ representative that stated, “DUMP STATIONS IN SECTION D WERE NOT APPROVED AS PART OF THE PLAN.” He added, “If they (CRR) are installing, a dump station out there without DEQ approval, they are doing so illegally and risk civil penalty assessments.”
The representative said they would investigate the matter and asked, “Did the BOD approve it and who handled the construction?”