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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  • by Mad Location: Kingston on May 21, 2008 at 09:52 PM
    Looks as if Pointe Vista has it all rolling just the way they wish. On June 4 the Lawsuit is coming to a head, no Jury Trial, they worked it, so it will only go before a Judge. "Money Talks" Next Catfish Bay Marina only has 28 days to sale as POINTE VISTA WISH'S, or the lease will be revoked. The cost is going up at the Marina, big time. (if you get to stay) Oak Ridge owners, lookout, the Judge is going to give it to yoall Big Time. I would like to know what you think of your SAVIOR now. You got the same letter, from them as all owners did. You CAN'T think any of that letter was right. If you can't make it out here it is -- HIT THE ROAD JACK or MONEY TALKS -- OAK RIDGE WALKS
  • by Interested Location: Oklahoma on Mar 21, 2008 at 10:24 PM
    Yes, there will only be 3 present board members left after the annual meeting. It is very important for you to elect the right people for the other 4 seats. I suggest you give it alot of thought.There are some people who would make really good board members, but where are they?The ones who are wanting on the board ARE not what is needed.Please give this alot of thought, when you cast your ballot. I know I will.To the one who made pv her savior, its the only savior she has so I want to see what she has to say, when she has to move, because her SAVIOR has made it impossible to live in OR anymore. What ya think?
  • by One Side Location: Oak Ridge on Mar 12, 2008 at 10:33 AM
    When one person made Pointe Vista her Savior, was this a sellout or a job request for her and her husband.
  • by owner Location: oak ridge on Mar 11, 2008 at 10:52 PM
    Green eyes, you do not have the money to build in Oak Ridge, is this why, your crying? As for the Board, I think most will be steping down next month. I hope, that, we don't have any of you power hunger, past board members run. The threat from Pointe Vista is mush bigger then any of you think. Both the State and Pointe Vista has said, some are going to be hurt."AND YOU JUST WANT TO HAND IT TO THEM" COME ON THERE IS ONE WAY AND ONLY ONE WAY, AND THAT IS TO GET WHAT THEY WANT TO DO UNDER A CONTRACT, with OAK RIDGE. The fight that is going on with the board is like fighting yourself. Not smart I hope we have some new members, that have not been on the board before, and are willing to step up, run and replace this Board. Then run, this as a business. No business would just hand it over to Pointe Vista. A Contract can be worked out, to be just for all, it will not be what Pointe Vista wants now. A Contract can be worked out, that will be good for Oak Ridge & Pointe Vista both.
  • by Resident Location: Oakridge on Feb 19, 2008 at 10:05 PM
    well once again people do not understand or choose not to see the whole picture. The criminal action will not recover monies that appear to have been stolen, it will only punish guilty persons (if any). The civil suit may recover monies that may be missing, or at least render a judgement in the case. If as it appears that there are lots that have been sold improperly, they may be recovered.the second law suit against Pointe Vista was in response to a threat from Pointe Vista's attorneys as I understand it. I have always been of the belief that if you are going to be sued by someone the best defense is to file a counter suit first if you can, just the way the law works in "America". Why can't we just all get along and stop acting like children? I can say this I was to be on the committe to neogatiate with Mr. Fisher, but told by Scott Fisher that he did not want to neogiate with me, because he doesn't think I represent Oak Ridge. I consider that an insult, but still hold no malice.
  • by member Location: oakridge on Feb 19, 2008 at 02:55 PM
    If the board would have aknowledged their fudiciary duties, this thing would not have gone this far. This community was divided before Pointe Vista came into the picture.We all may get a chance to speak on the witness stand before this is over.Point Vista's first plan of action was to become members here just like we are. I think ORPOA is in America isn't it? The board wasn't doing our dirty work they were doing their job but a little to late. The board went up to $15,ooo on the price of these lots have they sold any at that price? With all the money the board is spending on attorneys for frivolis lawsuits we won't be able to keep up the infrastructure so we may all have porta pottys in our yards. If the OSBI find criminal charges the lawsuit probably wouldn't cost us anything so why did we file a civil suit first? It is also pretty bad when women in our own community are afraid to go into the office alone. Hopefully that won't happen again.
  • by Anonymous Location: Oakridge on Feb 18, 2008 at 02:44 PM
    Yes it is very true it takes a small man to curse a woman. Classy has the same mentality as the small man you refer to as Mr Steele.
  • by member Location: oakridge on Feb 18, 2008 at 12:25 PM
    To member,you will get that professionalism that you so desire, in good time.Then pointe vista can run oakridge like you are wanting and then, when its Not what you thought, what then?I thinkyou will still be sitting on your butts, making accusations,gossiping, and still blaming the present board. If you guys would put your time to doing something constructive, we just might get something done.I feel that the power struggle is coming from somewhere besides the board or pointe vista. Its coming from a special interest group.You all know of whom I speak.pointe vista has succeeded in dividing the community. That was their first plan of action, and it worked.Think about that.The community needs to be unified right now, but its not. Its sad, but true. Boy, the board was great and wonderful when it did the dirty work for you, back in Oct,waesnt it.
  • by member Location: oakridge on Feb 18, 2008 at 07:18 AM
    I have a special interest and that is Oakridge. I don't care who is on the board as long as they have ORPOA in their best interest and not just themselves.This is a great place to live if you don't know about the politics here. The Pointe Vista people are professionals and we need a lot more of that here.
  • by Resident Location: Oak Ridge on Feb 18, 2008 at 01:50 AM
    Here are some facts, which it appears that most of the respondents couldn't care less about. I was present at a member meeting in Jan.,2007. At that time more than one-half of the approx. 1475 lots were not eligable to vote because the owners had not paid their current dues. I do know that there were more than 250 votes present,which was more than enough to qualify for a quorum of twenty-five present as required by the by-laws. The majority of those present ask the Board of Directors to make these changes including voting rights & mimiumn square footage changes. There were only three people who objected and these were builders.We were assured by the past president that an attorney had advise that the board was impowered by the by-laws to make these changes. It is my understanding that this vote took place in executive seeion after the regular meeting.So the board was ask by its members to make changes and thats the facts.I respect peoples right to comment but they should be informed.
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