11/16/21, 1:10 PM
SPECIAL REPORT-Damage Control
Yesterday, Ranch Matters published a report regarding the October 19, 2021, CC&R Review Committee Meeting Minutes. Listed under CONSENT ITEMS, CC&R Committee Member Jim Stagl “asked permission, which was granted, to discuss the Better Crooked River Ranch Chat Facebook comments regarding social media posts he made. After reviewing all of the comments, the committee reiterated that all though the committee members have freedom of speech, we need to be careful about how it is interpreted in regard to our Committee. Membership and duties, and that, as committee members we must stay neutral.”
WHAT COMMENTS ARE THEY TALKING ABOUT?
On October 11, 2021, we published the story, “LET IT BURN” regarding the Vehicle/RV fire on SW Shad. As reported, the story produced a lot of comments on social media that included outrageous statements from CC&R Committee Member Jim Stagl.
STAGL’S COMMENTS: “IF WE ARE LUCKY, IT WILL SPREAD TO THE WHOLE PLACE, LET IT BURN.” “PLACE IS A CC&R VIOLATION DISASTER. LET IT BURN.”
We asked, “Is Stagl speaking for the CC&R Committee and or the Board of Directors?”
At the 10/18 Board Meeting Ranch President Bill Burt confirmed Stagl “REPRESENTS THE RANCH” and added, “Anybody can say what they want about a CC&R Violation. And that’s all that was said-it was a violation.” NOT TRUE.
BOD Liaison to the CC&R Committee, Richard Ebers attended the above described meeting and emailed the following statement to resident Carol Orr on 10/21: “The Committee itself voted to decline his (Stagl’s) offer to resign.”
The above Minutes excluded Stagl’s offer to resign and simply reminded members to be careful of what they say publicly because it could be misinterpreted.
We ended our story: “The Ranch Directors and CC&R Committee Members have clearly telegraphed that Stagl’s statements/conduct is acceptable. Their willful failure to police their own reflects negatively on the leadership of the CRR Association and sends the wrong message.”
Last nights Regular BOD Meeting adjourned to Executive Session for “legal and personnel issues.” A short time later they reconvened and President Burt read the following comment from the HOA Board of Directors:
“Recently regarding a residential fire a comment was made by an individual (Jim Stagl) who serves on one of our Ranch HOA committees (CC&R). Although it was not an official statement from the committee, we feel it was inappropriate for the circumstances. And that all volunteers represent the entirety of our community. Their actions and comments needs to support our values. The Board of Directors does not condone actions that are not supportive of our property owners and regrets it was made by a volunteer and can be viewed as representing all committee members, Association staff, or the Board of Directors. Based on the above, our expectations have been communicated to the individual (Jim Stagl) and will be shared with all committees and their members.”
Ranch Matters Staff