Land controversy continues in Marshall Co.

By: Teddy Safo Email
By: Teddy Safo Email

MARSHALL COUNTY, Okla. -- A land controversy continues to brew in Marshall County as Pointe Vista developers are now headed to court over the bylaws of the Oakridge community. Attorneys for the Oakridge subdivision say Pointe Vista is trying to change those bylaws in their favor.

Last week, the Oakridge Property Association filed a declaratory judgment over bylaws set by the board of directors in regards to how many votes each land owner can have. Pointe Vista owns 405 lots, and they want a vote for each lot. Oakridge attorney Julie Dewbery says that would be unfair.

"If the by laws were amended the way Pointe Vista would like them to be they would have full control. They would have the majority share of the lots and control the board of directors," Dewberry says.

Pointe Vista filed a similar petition Thursday, saying Oakridge board directors cannot amend their bylaws.

Dewbery says that is not the case.

"Things are just getting going at this point. We’re trying to sort everything out and determine what claims have merit and what don’t."

Pointe Vista attorney Lynn Windel says the board of directors can amend the bylaws if the community members give them the authority to do so, but Windel says that never happened.

"We haven’t seen any minutes requested from the board of directors that shows members ever had a meeting in which they voted to give authority to amend those bylaws," Windel says.

With both sides claiming their right, the matter will be decided by a judge.

No word on when the matter will go to court.

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