Crane Associates

Streamlining River Solutions


Tedd M.Stiles

Dear Mr. Gates,

In a recent email exchange with Mr. Jeff Crane of Crane & Associates, I learned he was in the process of making a presentation to your HOA for services on the South Platte River. With this email, I'd like to wholeheartedly endorse the services of Mr. Crane.

As an introduction, our family has been members of Sportsmen's Paradise near Lake George, Colorado since 1988. Through the years, we've been very involved in our HOA especially as it pertains to the two miles of South Platte River and seven ponds within our property. As a result of the Hayman Fire in 2002, our section of river had become fouled with silt and sediment. In 2007, we established a relationship with the Coalition for the Upper South Platte (CUSP) for purposes of restoration. CUSP contracted with Mr. Crane and a number of other specialists for services on our river. Work commenced in August 2011 and was completed in July 2012. Mr. Crane's primary involvement was the removal of a dam and the construction of a diversion structure used to manage flows from the river to our largest pond.

Our relationship with Jeff began in 2008 as he volunteered his time to meet with myself and several homeowners regarding the specific portion of his proposal to remove an improperly (homeowner) built dam plus installation of a new diversion structure. In meeting with many of our members, he was always polite, respectful and courteous with his explanations and described benefits. As the primary Sportsmen's Paradise Member who orchestrated this project, I watched Jeff interact with numerous other contractors to make our project successful.

With regards to warranty issues: Last month, on behalf of our Fish River and Ponds Committee I emailed several questions to Jeff regarding his diversion structure. He answered all our questions promptly and thoroughly. In conjunction with his presentation to your HOA, Jeff offered to personally meet with us to further insure clarity. This is when I learned of your project and thus offered to make a recommendation on Jeff's behalf.

For reasons of professional competence, communication and warranty, I would highly recommend his services for your project. Additionally, I have numerous pictures of our project in the form of a slide show that I'd be happy to share with you and your members. Please don't hesitate to call or email should you have any questions regarding this matter.

Tedd M.Stiles

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