Home addition in Spring Valley community leads to civil case
SPRING VALLEY, Colorado – Jennifer Fleetwood is anxiously awaiting the fate of an addition to her home.Jennifer and her husband, Paul, completed a 1,200-square-foot addition to their Christeleit home in April; however, they can’t receive a certificate of occupancy from Garfield County because of a pending civil case filed by members of the Christeleit Home Owners Association.”The whole thing has been shocking to me,” Jennifer said. “We were trying to do the right thing, but it’s become a horrible experience.”The Fleetwoods were ordered to halt construction of the addition after 9th Judicial District Judge Paul Metzger ordered a preliminary injunction in the case on May 20, nearly a month after construction was already completed, according to Jennifer. She said construction was completed before they first appeared in court on May 2. But that didn’t help her case.”The HOA was very happy to prevail at the preliminary hearing,” said Christeleit HOA president Kim Mechling. “We had a highly respected judge that listened to hours of testimony, which is part of public record, and I think the best decision was made.”According to the Garfield County Clerks Office, Metzger has scheduled a “status conference” for 10 a.m. July 16 to see if the Fleetwoods and the HOA have come to an agreement on how to proceed.But the Fleetwoods don’t think an agreement will soon be reached because they feel that the others in the HOA want them to tear down the addition, Jennifer said.”We discussed with the neighbors that we wanted to build an addition for my mother who was coming to live with us,” Jennifer said.According to Jennifer, they invited neighbors to their home in late 2008 to discuss the option of an addition, and no one showed up. The Fleetwoods then proceeded with their plans without HOA permission, receiving approval from the Garfield County commissioners for building permits on Dec. 3, 2008, according to Jennifer.”We proceeded believing we had the full support of the neighbors,” Jennifer said. “We sent out notices to the neighbors, and no one said anything.”Jennifer also said that they had received approval from the HOA in January after construction began, but that could not be confirmed by neighbors or Mechling, who chose not to comment on the specifics of the situation due to the pending legal case.”We are still in the middle of a lawsuit, and I don’t know how much I can comment on that,” Mechling said.Mechling did say that the Christeleit HOA and the Fleetwoods are in the middle of negotiations on how to resolve the issue as of Thursday, June 5.Contact John Gardner: firstname.lastname@example.orgPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO
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