Mountain Side HOA Board Of Directors Response To “Junk Vehicle” Complaint

The Mountain Side HOA Board of Directors has responded to the owner’s complaint that a junk vehicle had been parked for months without being moved. See complaint Here: http://mountain-side.com/owners/?p=2151

It’s very unusual for the Mountain Side HOA BOD to respond to owner complaints. In fact they’ve still not responded to the formal complaint filed with the Colorado Division of Real Estate concerning the BOD Election rule violations. That complaint is linked here: Mountain Side HOA BOD Election Complaint

Although it’s very unusual for the Mountain Side HOA BOD to formally respond to owner complaints, we sincerely appreciate their response and attention to this matter.

The HOA response is linked here: Mountain Side HOA Board response to junk vehicle complaint 12-14

During the time that the vehicle was left unmoved in the public parking spot, snow had fallen and began to buildup over time because it could not be cleared during regular snow removal.

This buildup of snow can become extremely problematic in high alpine environments if not removed regularly. Even when warmer temperatures prevail, such as has occurred the past several days, the buildup lasts for weeks and months. To make matters worse, this particular public parking spot is located directly next to the stairway entry to the building. See the picture below.

Although warm temperatures have prevailed, the snow remains where the vehicle had been stored next to the building stairs.

Although warm temperatures have prevailed, the snow remains where the vehicle had been stored next to the building stairs.

Although the HOA BOD contends that the vehicle can remain indefinitely per the attached response, another owner who contacted us was required, under threat of fine, to move an operable vehicle from their own garage parking spot simply because the vehicle had not moved for seven days. That owner was not an HOA Board Member.

Here is a quote from that owner report email:

“I notified the owner of the cars the same way I notified (condo owner with vehicle in private spot). We put a violation sticker on (condo owner with vehicle in private spot) vehicle.” – Susan Witkowski, Director of Physical Services

Even if the intent of the rule cited in the response was to allow indefinite vehicle storage of registered, operable vehicles in any public spot by any owner, it, in our opinion, represents negligence on the part of the HOA Board of Directors and Mountain Managers, to allow serious snow buildup around stored, operable and registered vehicles in public spots around the complex. Particularly those spots near building entries and stairways. Imagine if every owner stored a vehicle in the public spaces around the complex over winter.

Mountain Side HOA Board response to junk vehicle complaint 12-14

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