Please do your part
The posted speed limit for Nine Mile Ranch is 20 mph. Speeds over this level contribute to excess wear and tear on the roads which leads to increased costs of maintenance with YOUR money/dues. Please protect our communal investments and keep your speed 20 mph or lower on all ranch roads. Thank you.
Division 7 & 8 replacement sign
The sign is now installed courtesy of private donations of time and money. Many thanks to all participants for their generous contributions.
NO HOA funds were requested or used.
The Rock Garden beneath the sign is now underway and any owner may leave a roundish rock from their own Lot. Large end rocks are there to help prevent damage from snow plough, or cattle.
With time, the rocks will become an attractive weed and grass free rock garden requiring little to no maintenance. Any owner may work in this Entrance Area, helping to keep vegetation down using mower/weed whacker and all owners are asked to keep the letterbox area clear of weeds and grasses.
Removal of burned trees is being noticed – any help with that is long overdue and appreciated, as is burning of debris piles near the stream. (The owner of this lot has given us permission.) Please use all care necessary when burning.
Letter Boxes – the USPS mail delivery person requests this area be kept free of snow and that the mail boxes are in alignment to prevent the driver hitting an out of line box. Owners appreciate letter boxes in keeping with the environment – black boxes and stands – all to present a good first impression of 9MR. Same applies to the FED-UP Box opposite Horse Trail Drive. This box was kindly donated by an owner long since gone – otherwise recipients of packages would have to go to town to receive packages during times with snow on the road. Please help keep the area neatly maintained.
The Green Gates – were previously closed during hunting season but in recent years and more people coming to live at 9MR, this has ceased. It is worth the effort to keep trespassers out - off our private roads.
Seasonal Decorations – in the past, Christmas Wreaths were tied to the gates/posts. Volunteers are always appreciated for display of our area’s foliage. Please remove when season is over /anyone may do this.
CATTLE & FENCES (revised)
Please Note: The Board does not warrant that the information in the document link or this posting is accurate, nor is the information an opinion of the Board of Directors, nor is it legal advice from the Board of Directors in any way. The Board has deliberated on their fiduciary duty as it pertains to this topic. Please see the minutes from the Jan 24th 2024 board meeting Board Meeting Minutes Jan 24, 2024
Since the last posting, there has been significant new information on this topic which was emailed to those owners on the Rabe's private mailing list.
On October 19 the Rabes received a letter from the Tonasket District Ranger concerning use of the National Forest and Livestock Grazing. This and additional information is contained in the posting below.
Cattle In The National Forest
The issue of cattle grazing in the National Forest and the fencing that restrains the cattle is not an issue for which the HOA has authority -
- The rancher has the responsibility to round up stray cattle and return them to the Forest, but he does not have legal authority to use private 9 Mile Ranch roads or to enter private property
- As good stewards of our land, we should allow access to permit rounding up of stray cattle before damage is done
- While private property owners have no legal responsibility, we do have a responsibility as stewards of our own property – land and assets
Good stewardship would also include:
- Routinely inspecting the boundary fence between your property and the Forest, especially after winter or wind storms during which branches break and trees fall on the fence
- Making minor repairs to the fence. A minor would be a repair within the capability of the owner
- Reporting to the rancher any damage beyond the repair capability of the owner.
- Notifying the rancher of any stray cattle. (It is the rancher’s responsibility to perform the roundup and relocation.)
- Padlocks have been installed by some Lot Owners on gates in the boundary fence
- Gates must be left unlocked to allow the rancher to return stray cattle
- Fences and Gates are the property of the US Forest Service (except for some portions of Division 8) and should not be altered
- Gates must be left closed
IMPORTANT CONTACT INFORMATION:
Leasing Rancher –
Raymond “Ray” Dagnon Ph: (509) 476-2356
USFS Grazing Lease Administrator –
Joshua Read email – Joshua.firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Miscellaneous Items –
No garbage should be left in the Colville National Forest
Motorized Vehicles used in the Colville Forest must be registered and stay on designated roads – ref: MVU Map - US Forest Service