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home : letters : letters July 25, 2017

6/6/2017 12:19:00 PM
Letters to the Editor 06/07/2017

To the Editor:

The Kiwanis Club of Sisters thanks everyone who donated and everyone who shopped at our 6th annual Antiques & Bling Sale this year.

This year, Kiwanis had a banner sale, making this event one of our biggest fundraisers of the year. We could not do this without community support. Every dollar raised remains in this community, given back in the form of college scholarships, career opportunities, and other civic projects.

Thank you, Sisters folks, for your generosity!

Karen Keady


To the Editor:

Thank you, Linda Peck, for your letter to the editor (regarding skydiving). Very truthful in what you stated. Shame on you city of Sisters residents that chased this business away - when we clearly need it, more business more people move in and everybody receives the benefit, schools, taxes, (although they are very high) and so on.

It is sad that we have people that narrow-minded.

I don't think the skydiving business made that much noise - not any more than we have other functions in town that make a tremendous amount of noise. Just saying.

Shannon Chesney


To the Editor:

Praise for the creative, humorous analogy comparing the media to "media" rats digging around in the dirt. For what? For the truth? Then they scurry around to inform everyone.

Pardon me, if I extend the analogy to the uninformed, who like blind MOLES dig shallowly just relishing roots of Earth's succulent plants.

Joann Power


To the Editor:

Eight years ago a group of Sisters citizens came together to revise and update the city's TSP (Transportation System Plan). Many months were spent reviewing changes to our transportation needs, and a final report was presented to the City Council.

After several workshops and public hearings, that plan was adopted in January of 2010. One of the recommendations in the TSP is finally in place - the west-side roundabout. Kudos to ODOT and the City, especially Paul Bertagna, for seeing this through.

The west-side entrance to our city will be safer, and more beautiful, as a result. Parents will no longer have to fear for their teenage drivers as they dart across Highway 20 between speeding cars on the way to school. Our seniors will no longer have to cross between 50 mph+ traffic on their way to Ray's or Bi-Mart. ALL cars passing through this intersection will be at 20 mph. There is no doubt that we saved someone's life by choosing a roundabout for the entrance to our city.

These types of infrastructure projects take years from the planning stage, to funding, to implementation. We need to start now on getting the second roundabout installed at Locust and Highway 20. Our community will be safer, and more beautiful, as a result.

Carey Tosello


To the Editor:

Thank you for the article explaining the problems the townhome owners are experiencing with their damage repair and lack of cooperation from the HOA in the Village of Cold Springs built by Hayden Homes.

I agree there is absolutely no excuse for all these delays. These folks pay monthly dues to the HOA to cover the maintenance of the exterior of their buildings. This means the roofs. Of course, this is Hayden's problem to solve.

Hayden has total control of the HOA board. There are no homeowners on this board, so we have no input into how things at the HOA are handled.

The single-family homes have a separate problem. We do not pay the HOA for our maintenance of the exterior of our homes. However, because Hayden did not build these homes to code, many of us sustained major damage as well. I find it interesting that Hayden Homes said in your article, "Your home was constructed in accordance with all building codes and requirements that applied on the date of construction... Neither the city of (Sisters) nor (Deschutes County) required the installation of an ice barrier when your home was constructed in 2013."

This is totally wrong! There is a code in place, and has been in place for several years, that requires an ice shield be installed on the roofs of these homes. We have it stamped on our plans, in red ink, showing the locations that were required to have the ice barrier. I have an e-mail from Deschutes County that shows they have this code in effect as of January 1, 2013. Hayden is not being honest with the homeowners.

Hayden was contacted by several homeowners and were told that Hayden would do nothing. They are not going to honor what they should have done in the first place. They don't care. Now several homeowners are having to replace their roof to install the ice shield that should have been done by Hayden and are considering potential legal action.

Hayden should be held accountable to build homes per code. I don't understand where they get their reputations as a high-quality home-builder, based on our experiences.

Doug Wills

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