Monday, December 22, 2008
The FS is just following procedure....and the rules of CUFFA set the formula for fees, so we're sort of stuck with it unless the rules can be changed. You're encouraged to support the CUFFA II group which seeks to modify CUFFA rules. If you need to know more visit the NFH link at this site or at the www.mrfha.org site for the NFH link.
And be prepared. It's gonna get worse...probably by 2011...That's when the NEW appraisals that just were done go into affect.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
This is the most important thing you've done about your cabin in the last 20 years so give it the importance it deserves. No surprises is OUR motto.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Over time we'll use BOTH this Blog site AND the Website as a means of staying in touch with out members and their guests. The Metolius and Camp Sherman, OR are magical and if you've been there you know why anyone would crave news of what is going on there.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
The MRFHA annual meeting will be Saturday, July 5th 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM, at the Camp Sherman Community Hall. Don Ratliff, senior fish biologist for PGE, will make a presentation, regarding fish restoration efforts and activities at Round Butte dam and the headwaters.
Additionally, Michael Riehle, Fishery Biologist, Sisters Ranger District, will speak (Article in this issue)
Jeff Sims will also be there to discuss permit renewals and the lot appraisal process, amongst other matters.
Finally, Oregon Senator Ben Westlund is expected to join us to discuss LUBA's recent decision and where the issue on destination resort development in the Metolius River area stands. Senator Westlund is a candidate for State Treasurer; historically State Treasurers have been effective in protecting special and unique places.
At 10 AM to Noon on July 12th at The Deschutes Forest Supervisor's Office, 1001 SW Emkay, Bend, the appraiser will meet with cabin, and discuss the process and answer questions. We encourage lot Permit holders on the Metolius River to attend this important meeting if at all able! Make sure the appraiser understands that, as a minimum:
- There is a public right-of-way between our lots and the Metolius, which effectively defines the lots as NOT River-Side Lots...Extremely important!
- Major market impacts have reduced values on lots in Jefferson and Deschutes Counties, which the market as recognized as 'Over-Valued' and these drops MAY not be reflected in any sales used as comps expect the very recent ones within the last 4-6 months.
- Though the forest service directs the comps be of bare lots at FAIR MARKET VALUE the FS lots have restrictions that greatly reduce the lot 'fair market value' and these restrictions vary from Forest to Forest; thus it is appropriate and reasonable that the restrictions on Metolius permits must at least be understood by the appraiser during his process.