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PANORAMA PARK MOU-UpDate

3/17/21, 4:06 PM

PANORAMA PARK MOU-UpDate

At last Monday’s (3/15/21), Crooked River Ranch Regular Board Meeting, Ranch Manager Judy Lapora provided her Panorama Park (NEW) Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) report. She reported that the Jefferson County Commission is good with the proposed MOU and stated, “This (MOU) has already gone before the County Commission and they’re happy with it.”

Happy with it?

Listening to Lapora’s report, one would think that the proposed MOU is just an old and outdated agreement that simply needed updated. The truth of the matter, the Ranch or more specifically, Lapora neglected the Terms and Conditions of the 2010 MOU while billing the taxpayers for services not performed. Panorama Park has been neglected for several years.

According to Lapora, the proposed or new MOU better defines responsibilities and requires the Ranch to maintain a Cleaning Log for 2 years, something that wasn’t included in the 2010 MOU. However, the proposed MOU fails to require the cleaning log to be submitted with the monthly Invoice as part of the County’s tracking system of taxpayers money.

ACCOUNTABILITY?

For those following Ranch Matters stories, Panorama Park and the 2010 MOU has been been a hot topic for several years. We have repeatedly stated, Lapora’s alleged failure to perform CRR duties/responsibilities pursuant to the 2010 MOU is a serious breach of the agreement and public trust.

We have reported that Lapora’s conduct demonstrates a total lack of honest transparency along with questionable accounting practices regarding taxpayers funds.

Ranch Matters has been advocating for greater oversight and accountability. Today, Ranch Matters met briefly with Jefferson County Commissioner/Chair Kelly Simmelink to see if indeed the Commission is happy with the proposed MOU.

Simmelink responded, the proposed MOU is “just a draft and not official.” He confirmed that the Commission is open for suggestions and agreed to consider amending the MOU to include the submission of the cleaning log along with the monthly Invoice.

There were other areas of the proposed MOU lacking clarity and Simmelink indicated he and or the Commission will be reviewing the agreement, consulting with County Counsel and entertaining public Comments at their March 24, Commissioner’s Meeting at 9:00 AM before APPROVING it.

Ranch Matters Staff