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!

Don’t Buy Here, especially from Lori Koerner

It was pure luck that I had an opportunity to speak with a prospective buyer of the house next door, yes, the one painted the same color as mine.

Turns out that our secretary isn’t disclosing what she knows about our neighborhood, to potential buyers. According to the Oregon Realtors Association that’s an ethics violation. One of many. That is why our website is barron since the update and many of the association’s documents have mysteriously been deleted. That’s why we haven’t conducted a reserve study and the road replacement estimate has gone missing. See below

My Favorite

Article 2 – REALTORS® shall avoid exaggeration, misrepresentation, or concealment of pertinent facts relating to the property or the transaction. REALTORS® shall not, however, be obligated to discover latent defects in the property, to advise on matters outside the scope of their real estate license, or to disclose facts which are confidential under the scope of agency or non-agency relationships as defined by state law.

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


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.

Board Indemnification – Vote No!

The Board has gotten away with murder since the Koerners involvement. This is to protect Board Members from when they break the rules!

The Association must indemnify any current or previous Director, officer, committee member, employee, or agent who was or is a party or is threatened to be made a party to any threatened, pending, or completed action, suit, or proceeding in accordance with this section. Indemnification for legal defense costs will be made in all cases
regardless of whether the action is civil, criminal, administrative, or investigative (other than an action by the Association) by reason of the fact that such person is or was a Director, officer, committee member, employee, or agent of the Association, or is or was serving at the request of the Association as a Director, officer, committee member, employee,
or agent of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust, or other enterprise, against expenses (including attorneys’ fees), judgments, fines, and amounts paid in settlement actually and
reasonably incurred by the person in connection with the suit, action, or proceeding. However, if the Director, officer, committee member, employee, or agent is adjudged to have committed a criminal, grossly negligent, or intentionally unlawful act, then the Association has no duty to indemnify for any judgment, and the Association may maintain an
action against the Director, officer, committee member, employee, or agent to recover the legal defense costs expended therein.

The Board currently has too much control and this will only embolden them. You screw up and you pay!

Vote No

“Why?” should be the first question

So why the sudden push for updating our 50 year old rules? Before making any amendments to our bill of rights, one should always ask why? What’s the need? It will take the process for change a lot less time if you adequately explain the reason why.

Many of the new rule additions don’t even have names? Who was the unselected committee that put this together? They should have sent it out for comment to all WROA members without Olive Oil or the WROA Henchman’s involvement and filtering. Not everyone can or wants to attend meetings run by individuals pushing an agenda that isn’t community friendly.

How about we focus on enforcing the rules that already exist?

Right of Entry. VOTE NO!

If any owner constructs or permits to be constructed on
his property any improvement or allows the condition of his property
to violate any provision of this Declaration, the Bylaws, the
architectural guidelines, or the rules and regulations of the Board of
Directors, then the Association may, no sooner than 60 days after
delivery to such owner of written notice of the violation, enter upon the
offending property and remove the cause of such violation, or alter repair, or change the item which is in violation of such Declaration in
such manner as to make it conform thereto with the reasonable cost of
such action to be a charge against the owner’s land. Additionally, the
Association or its agent may enter the lots without notice in the case of
emergency in order to take actions reasonably necessary to protect the
common areas or neighboring lots.

Change Entry to Access. No one enters your property, they enter your home. That ain’t happenin!

Vote No as Written

Homeowner Insurance – Vote No

(a) Each Owner must purchase and maintain insurance sufficient to cover
any loss relating to the Owner’s lot and home, including extended
coverage for full replacement value of all improvements on the Owner’s
lot. Each Owner is also responsible for obtaining, at their own expense,
liability insurance resulting from use or ownership of the Lot. The
Association will have no responsibility to procure or to assist Owners or
Occupants in procuring property loss insurance or liability insurance,
and shall have no liability on account of an Owner’s failure to obtain the
insurance required under this section.

Never adopt rules that you have no ability to enforce. Government Overreach

Vote No!