Budget Analysis – We are BROKE!

We haven’t had a budget that has balanced in over 10 years and once again we are planning on spending more than we are taking in.

We had to take money from a reserve account, probably the road fund, to make it to the next remittance! Scary!!

The Road Fund is no longer a part of our expenditures and is expected to fund itself.

Another dues increase heading your way, without explanation, again!

It is vital that we conduct a reserve study. Here is the reason why. Click Here https://www.reserveadvisors.com/resources/blog/what-is-a-reserve-study-and-why-is-it-important/

When Lambs become Lions…wake up!

WROA Maintenance Items in Priority

1 Remove boulders blocking north emergency exit on the west side of the river.

2. Forest – With decreasing rainfall, we must begin taking measures to thin our 40 acres of forest to deal with this weather phenomenon. This includes the removal of vegetation along our roadsides which is also preventing snowplows from maintaining maximum road width during the winter months.

3. Roadways – We need to take monies from our Road Fund to take care of shoulder gravel replacement and repairs to the severe bumps and dips in our roadway. Once the necessary repairs have been completed we then need to reassess our entire roadway so we can better understand the “how much and when?“ We need to survey our members on how much they would be willing to spend on an assessment. The last was $600 in 2006 for a $300,000 repave.

4. Fire Hydrants -Inspect, flush and certify our fire hydrants annually.

5. Perimeter Fence – Our perimeter fence is 10 years past its expiration date. Start at those various Nat’l Forest access points.

6. Mail Stations – What a cluster! For less than $200 per key, we can start over. An Assessment since we are broke!

7. Mail Station Lighting – Install different Kelvin rated lights set on motion detectors.

8. Invasive Weeds – Identify and eradication in the spring, before going to seed.

9. Log Jam -Remove log jam preventing full flow to our rivulets.

10. Road Markers – Remove road markers preventing the snowplows from maintaining the full road width during the winter months.

11. Pump Houses – Conduct a full assessment of the condition of our pumphouse buildings by gaining access through Avion.

12. Reroof pump houses – Replace 50 year old asphalt shingles with corrugated steel, similar to mail stations.

13. Signage – Remove all unnecessary signage beginning with the two large and obnoxious “Dog Park Rules” billboards in the pristine river delta habitat! This is a private development, not a public park. In the past the membership would drive any changes or additions to our signage. When WROA went with Becky’s sign recommendations in 2008, we reused the metal blanks rather than buying new ones. Some people do not have any regard for how other people’s monies are spent.

14. Road Cinder – Removal of the cinder on both sides of Burgess, before and after the bridge. The County won’t remove the excess cinder and the buildup will hamper snow removal and water drainage from the bridge, creating an ice skating rink during certain weather conditions.

Don’t Buy Here, especially from Lori Koerner


Have time for a survey?

Take the survey here.

The hits are certainly up today on “my” website. No one is forcing you to read my rants.

Yes, it’s a hybrid fairy tale where one town had its fill of Snowflakes!

Why are so many houses for sale? My guess is people see the amount of ignored maintenance, a budget that hasn’t balanced in 10 years, the board using their position to attack their neighbors, unequal application of the rules to hit the top few.

This map doesn’t include 5 additional listings which are removed during the slow winter months. Some think they can actually get seven figures!

I have to laugh when the slobs next door put their house on the market they actually cleaned up their mess. One potential buyer who drove by said, “nice house, terrible street view and an exact color as your house. How come?” Too smart for this neighborhood! Do they really think they can get $1.1m?

The board won’t authorize a reserve study since they know the outcome will not bode favorably on their managerial skills.


It’s the law

Oregon Law

It’s the law we ignore for being old!

We used to have a rainy day fund for unforseen expenditures. That’s gone because of Lori Koerner and last budget cycle we almost had to borrow from the road fund to cover basic expenses!

See ignored maintenance items in the following post.

Not what I thought I was buying into 18 years ago.

Our secretary owns her own real estate company specializing in Wild River Properties buying up properties before they hit the MLS. She now owns seven properties which equates to seven votes.

And the ambivalent who moved here to be left alone continue to allow bad behavior.

When Lambs become Lions


Calculating Snow Load

Don’t you just love it when your neighbor brings in a “Bob Cat” to clear “his” driveway, but doesn’t offer to help any of his neighbors?!

Our Roofs should be constructed to handle 75 pounds per square foot.

As of 01/13/2024 I have calculated that the 30″ of snow represents 45 pounds per square foot with an 8:12 pitch roof.

Change calculator to the imperial system

Enter 1 foot by 1 foot for roof length/width

Find an undisturbed area to measure the snow depth


Send your photos to [email protected] to have posted.

Happy New Year!

  • Famous quotes, some sounding like the last course at a Chinese Diner!
  • ____——____——-____——
  • Every year you make a resolution to change yourself. This year, make a resolution to be yourself.
  • A worthy New Year’s resolution, perhaps, is to take no hatred into the New Year without requiring it to restate its purpose.
  • Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.
  • Approach the New Year with resolve to find the opportunities hidden in each new day.
  • He who breaks a resolution is a weakling; He who makes one is a fool.
  • Any new beginning is forged from the shards of the past, not from the abandonment of the past.
  • You know how I always dread the whole year? Well this time I’m only going to dread one day at a time.
  • Ring out the false, ring in the true.
  • Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go.
  • New Year = A New Life! Decide today who you will become, what you will give how you will live.
  • I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.
  • New year is the glittering light to brighten the dream-lined pathway of future.
  • The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.
  • No matter how hard the past, you can always begin again.
  • Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go. They merely determine where you start.
  • You can get excited about the future. The past won’t mind.
  • The magic in new beginnings is truly the most powerful of them all.
  • Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life.
  • I hope you realize that every day is a fresh start for you. That every sunrise is a new chapter in your life waiting to be written.
  • Packaged inside of every mistake there lays a great lesson. And while I don’t want to take the mistake into the New Year, I most certainly want to take the lesson that’s packaged inside of it.
  • In order to be successful in the new year, stay focused, develop a positive attitude and be passionate with your dreams.
  • To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.
  • Enter this new year with a gratitude for this new chance to create your dreams.
  • You are never too old to reinvent yourself.
  • We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.
  • We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives … not looking for flaws but for potential.
  • Be so busy loving your life that you have no time for hate, regret or fear.
  • You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
  • For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice.
  • You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
  • Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.
  • It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.
  • Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.
  • An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.
  • What the new year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the new year.
  • As long as I am breathing, in my eyes, I am just beginning.
  • Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by believing.
  • Celebrate what you want to see more of.
  • You do not find the happy life. You make it.
  • I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.
  • Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.
  • The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.
  • Every time you tear a leaf off a calendar, you present a new place for new ideas.
  • It’s a new dawn, It’s a new day, It’s a new life, for me, And I’m feeling good!
  • Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever.
  • Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.
  • Each year’s regret are envelopes in which messages of hope are found for the new year.
  • If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.
  • New year — a new chapter, new verse, or just the same old story? Ultimately we write it. The choice is ours.
  • New Year’s Resolution: To tolerate fools more gladly, provided this does not encourage them to take up more of my time.
  • Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.
  • Listen. I wish I could tell you it gets better. But, it doesn’t get better. You get better.
  • Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.
  • The most important thing to remember is this: To be ready at any moment to give up what you are for what you might become.
  • Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on.
  • Get to know who you are and especially why you are.
  • Happy New Year!