11/02/18, 2:17 PM
John Stevens vs. Crooked River Ranch Special Road District, and John Williams, Commissioner, Defendant.
Case No: 18 CV 03272
As reported on 10/17/18, a Settlement Conference was held on 10/16/18, and an agreement has been reached. The Settlement Agreement is part of an on-going process with multiple steps. Attorney Tim Gassner representing both the SRD and John Williams and Plaintiff’s Attorney Robert Birk are working out the details.
There have been many questions and lots of rumors regarding the SRD lawsuit-reasons behind filing it and details surrounding the Settlement.
The following report is one of a series of reports regarding the SRD Lawsuit and Settlement.
The CRR/SRD, primarily through its elected Commissioner John Williams, participated in formulating a transaction by which the federal government-BLM would grant a right-of-way (ROW) for construction of a paved road crossing BLM land in Deschutes County and outside the CRR Boundaries.
Jefferson County (and its County Counsel, Mrs. Alexa Gassner, wife of attorney Tim Gassner) participated, and has acted to arrange an Oregon Transportation Infrastructure Bank (OTIB) loan for the construction of this Road- Public Works Project, with the loan to be paid back by homeowner association dues paid by members of CRR HOA.
An agreement was executed among the BLM, Deschutes County, Jefferson County, the CRR HOA and the CRR/SRD (the defendant in my case) that once the road is built, it will be annexed into an inventory of roads to be maintained by the CRR/SRD.
The CRR/SRD is a government entity governed by three elected Commissioners, to act as a Board. During most of the period relating to this road/Public Works Project, three elected commissioners were in place. However, that changed dramatically during January through March, 2018, including a period when there was only a single commissioner, Mr. Williams, without a second commissioner in place to allow a quorum of the SRD board to decide or take official action.