Crooked River Ranch Roundup

by: JOHN BOWLER - The CRR Club and Maintenance Association Board, including Paula Bartolomei, at left, and President Ben Johnson, presents Paulette Nordin and Sylvia Kimbley, right, with 'Volunteers of the Year' plaque.Corporate annual meetings for stockholders are mainly public relations events that reinforce stockholders’ sense of participation in the corporation.

The Crooked River Ranch Club and Maintenance Association's annual meeting, also affords stockholders an opportunity to question board members in person about community operations and the financial health of the corporation. In turn, the elected board members bring stockholders up to date on the results of their efforts during the preceding year.

Ranch homeowner association members own building lots sold by the corporation. The value of those lots is affected by how well the community is governed, among other factors, such as fluctuating demand.

Crooked River Ranch was incorporated in 1972 and its acreage divided into 2,646 building lots, sold on the real estate market, with one vote in the HOA per lot sold. By and large, over the intervening years, Ranch building lots have remained in demand and their value has increased.

The homeowners association that governs the Ranch, assisted by Administrator Judy LaPora, has generally been given credit for managing the community capably. However there have been exceptions along the way. Ranch old-timers remember when some annual meetings were attended by at least one sheriff’s deputy to ensure decorum was maintained. The specific issues involved have long been forgotten.

The 2013 annual HOA meeting of Crooked River Ranch was held Saturday, Aug. 24, attended by roughly 50 members, who were in a sunny mood commensurate with the weather. They happily munched on assorted pastries and drank coffee while they listened to a generally positive report of community operations, finances and future plans. The pastries and coffee were provided gratis by the HOA board.

At the meeting, attendees also received a comprehensive booklet about the Ranch, which contained the same financial data submitted to the auditors, who gave the Ranch high marks.

Treasurer Herb Parker went over highlights of the 2013 financial report, such as the increase in income surplus over expenses, which exceeded the annual budget. He also pointed out that the cost of the new disc golf course was underwritten by money from the Steel Stampede and other income sources — not annual dues — and predicted that the course would be a moneymaker.

President Ben Johnson, who chaired the meeting with his usual aplomb, next gave a progress report on some of the issues facing the Ranch:

• Wildfire threats — improvement is needed; a committee will be formed to investigate and make recommendations.

• The Ranch has little information about the population mix on the Ranch, including the number of registered voters, which gives it political clout. Johnson said a new committee will investigate expanding the data.

• An alternate exit is still a high priority need and will be pursued more vigorously this coming year.

• The 2014 annual meeting was set for the fourth Saturday in August at 9 a.m. next year.

Johnson presented plaques of appreciation to retiring directors Herb Parker and Jim Martin for their years of loyal service. Michelle DeSapio, who also is retiring, will receive the same plaque; so did Kevin Anderson, who was voted Employee of the Year by his peers.

Plaques of recognition as “Volunteers of the Year” were given to Phase Rep Chairman Paulette Nordin, and Summer Recreation Program Chairman Sylvia Kimbley. The award commended both of them for having served well and faithfully in those positions for many years. Tod Beamer was recognized in absentia for designing and planning the new disc golf course.

Member input consisted mainly of reminders and announcements about upcoming Ranch events on Labor Day weekend and later in the fall. Dennis Kirk suggested that the board consider making arrangements for members to contribute funds for projects they favored that would improve quality of living on the Ranch, such as a community center.

The only input smacking of a complaint concerned the number of horses allowed to be corralled per acre. Ben Johnson suggested the complainant submit an inquiry in writing to the office.

As one attendee remarked, “The smooth way this meeting went was approval by the Ranch of its confidence in the board.” The meeting adjourned shortly after 10 a.m.

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