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IS RANCH PRESIDENT KARI VICKERY MORE POWERFUL THAN THE OREGON CONSTITUTION?

10/15/22, 3:45 PM

 

IS RANCH PRESIDENT KARI VICKERY MORE POWERFUL THAN THE OREGON CONSTITUTION?

Article 1, Section 8: “No law shall be passed retraining the free expression of opinion, or restricting the right to speak, write or print freely on any subject whatever; BUT EVERY PERSON SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ABUSE OF THIS RIGHT.” (Oregon Constitution)

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“The Crooked River Ranch Club & Maintenance Association (CRR&MA), hereafter referred to as the “Association,” Policy & Procedures Handbook has been enacted by the Board of Directors (BOD). The policies in this handbook apply to all staff, elected officials, and volunteers. The intent of this handbook is to provide the Association with policies that establish expected standards and provide guidance for organizational operations and decision making. This handbook is intended to capture the basic policies that the organization will routinely encounter.

In cases where these policies CONFLICT WITH ANY COUNTY, STATE OR FEDERAL LAW, THAT LAW PREVAILS.” (CRR Policy & Procedure Handbook)

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In our story,“WEAPONIZED RESOLUTIONS” published last month, we discussed three (3) retaliatory/punitive Resolutions passed by the Crooked River Ranch Board of Directors at their June 20, 2022, Regular Meeting along with their retaliatory/punitive $250.00 FINE imposed against ranch resident Carol Orr.

Orr was given until September 15 to pay the FINE..

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At the July 18th Regular Board Meeting, resident Carol Orr discussed the Resolutions and asked, “WHAT PROTECTS US FROM THEM?”, meaning the Board. Orr’s question triggered a response-out burst, from Director Richard Ebers. He stated: “WILL YOU ADMIT TO THE PUBLIC THAT YOU TOLD TWO MAJOR LIES ABOUT ME…” Orr replied that she hadn’t lied and Ebers retorted: “WELL, YOU ALLEGED ON RANCH MATTERS THAT I TOOK A SWING AT YOU.” Orr replied: “I NEVER SAID THAT” and Ebers blurted:

“BULL SHIT.”

While Orr tried to defend herself President Bill Burt intervened and said she had her three minutes. The discussion continued and Burt stated:

“DO YOU WANT ME TO FINE YOU?”

Orr returned to her seat, however the Board continued to discuss the matter at length including dialoguing with Orr who was now seated.

 

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On October 7, CRR Board President Kari Vickery emailed resident Orr. In Vickery’s email she states the following to Orr:

“I know you were asking why you were receiving the fine for the Resolution so I wanted to be sure to clarify that reason for you.”

“After review, I am standing by the previous boards decision to fine you for your actions during the board meeting on July 17, 2022, here are the reasons why:

1. You continued to speak after President Burt asked you continuously to cease

2. You continued to speak out of turn after your three minutes were up

3. You continued to provoke the situation verbally”

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As reported earlier, at the June 20, 2022, Regular Board Meeting, the Crooked River Ranch Board of Directors unanimously voted to impose three (3) retaliatory/punitive Resolutions further restricting homeowners rights. 2022-06-20 A, B & C.

President Bill Burt adjourned the meeting to Executive Session without a vote and failed to state the general nature of the action(s) to be considered in accordance with state law.

There was nothing listed on the MEETING AGENDA regarding the Resolutions providing homeowners an opportunity to be properly noticed and there was no discussion or even a suggestion that the Board planned on approving the Resolutions. Additionally, there are NO MINUTES of any earlier Board meetings reflecting the Board’s intent to consider adopting the Resolutions and retaining an attorney to draft the Resolutions.

The Resolutions had been prepared in advance and written by an attorney for them to be signed at the meeting. The Board keeps spending homeowners money on private lawyers for one purpose and one purpose only, to silence Ranch Matters News Service and other homeowners they deem enemies of the Ranch.

“…BUT EVERY PERSON SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ABUSE OF THIS RIGHT.”

Ranch Matters Staff