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State prevails, judge upholds fish stream restoration and fines

State prevails, judge upholds fish stream restoration and fines

Stan Sugarman of Blue Windmill Farms, LLC will be ordered to repair a stream and pay a $10,000 fine. Sugarman, hired a company owned or affiliated with Coos County commissioner Fred Messerle to move the stream without a permit. Redirecting the stream deprived neighbors of their water and forced some to drill new wells. Sugarman contested a proposed order to repair the stream and had a hearing last December but according to Bob Lobdell of DSL, “The state was upheld on all counts including the 10,000 civil penalty.”

The reason this story is of interest is because the contractor who rerouted the stream is Jason Messerle of Messerle and Sons and reported to be the son of our appointed commissioner, Fred Messerle. The violation was reported to DSL, DEQ and the local sheriff as it was occurring and photographs were taken of Messerle equipment operating and filling in the original stream bed but the Oregon Department of Justice attorney handling the case for DSL confirms that Messerle is not named in the proposed order.

The order calls for an elaborate system to protect fish from silt and sediment during restoration of the stream. Most responsible contractors know better than to make radical alterations to fish bearing streams without a permit.

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5 Responses to "State prevails, judge upholds fish stream restoration and fines"

  1. Ron Black  February 23, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    Sugarman did lose his water rights in a hearing in Salem in October 2011.

  2. themguys  February 23, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    The Messerle Way:

    Destroy a stream,
    On your way to be green?

    These hillbillies (my opinion) will never learn. The smart farmers moved inland, the dumb ones stayed here, like the hollars of West Virginny.

    Several weeks ago, at the BOC meeting, Bob Main listed his extremely busy schedule for the previous week, whereby he had meetings every day, sometimes 2 or 3, and ended his week with a “gala opening” in Brookings I believe. Time came for old Fred to tell us what HE did the previous week, he mumbled about, and said “I too attended the “gala” in Brookings on Friday night.

    So Fred attended ONE F’n “gala” ? THAT is what Fred Messerle is paid to do?

    Get rid of these inbreds and take over our county.

    You have a couple hundred thousand dollars a year going straight into Messerle pockets, every penny coming from Other Peoples’ Money.

    Enough !

    Hey, has Sandy Messerle or Jon Barton released their financial records, as others’ have requested form them, from SCDC?

    Why not?

  3. ima curious  February 22, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Any reader that believes that Fred Messerle is not involved in day to day Messerle and Sons business needs help. Apparently, unlike Robert Bob Main, Freddie does not find being a commissioner a 24/7 job. Hopefully we can soon help him become full time farmer. The Sanne signs are everywhere in my western and southernmost corner of Coos County.

    And about the Blue Windmill dissolution, did you also notice that this fellow appears to have as many post boxes as your best friend Charlie? Why a farm business in Myrtle Point (from his home) and a mail box for business purposes in Tujunga California?

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    magix  February 22, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Yeah, I am dying to know who will be paid to do the restoration work. Blue Windmill Farms LLC filed dissolution papers in late November after forming in 2008

  5. Salmonologist  February 22, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Good start, although Jason Messerle should have been held to a higher standard…he knew damn well what he was doing was wrong, knew that it wouldn’t ever get permitted and shouldn’t have let his bucket touch the ground.

    Jason shops his business around saying that he does great work in habitat restoration, and then he destroys a stream that has been recorded historically by the Tribe and state to be untouched, perfect fish habitat – all for a whiny, petulant obstructionist from out of state….I am not surprised, he is a Messerle after all. Causing irreparable damage to land in Coos County for a quick buck seems to be a strong Messerle trait.

    I want to see Mr. Sugarman lose his water rights forever for this egregious act, and I would like to know who the contractor is that he uses to “fix” the stream. It will never be returned to its original state. A big thank you to Sugarman and Messerle for trashing, yet again, another little piece of “God’s Country”.

    By the way, there is no such thing as “Blue Windmill Farms, LLC”, probably something set up by Mr. Sugarman to hide or avoid mitigation.


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