Remember Sierra Pointe Condominiums? The place where property manager Robert Bleck called some of the owners “toothless trailer trash” and “punks” and described his critics as frustrated women who wanted to have sex with him?
It’s a 282-unit condo complex where owners have been at war over covenant enforcement and stuggled for control of the association board. Here’s a map of the place.
After months of bickering, new HOA board president Randy Pech took over and vowed to restore order and clean up Sierra Pointe. Among his initiatives was having a retaining wall power-washed to remove the chalk art of a nearby resident. Here is the wall before it was wash and after.
Many, however, objected to Pech’s all-business style and the wall was a good example. They also objected to Bleck’s abrasive personality. And when they learned of an audit that showed financial irregularities in the handling of HOA dues and other payments ending up in Bleck’s Premier Management account, even more residents became upset.
Now, Pech and Bleck are gone. A new board president, Cindy Snyder, is trying to restore calm and many residents are hopeful the HOA is headed in the right direction.
Now, for Stetson Hills and its furor over whether residents can park on the street overnight.The Ridgeview at Stetson Hills hired a security guard and started handing out tickets like these:
Some residents became anrgy and demanded the board change the rules to allow overnight parking on the street. The board opted to put it to a vote of the neighborhood’s 3,200 owners.
Bad news for those favoring overnight street parking. Only 562 owners bothered to vote, far fewer than the 2,100 votes were needed to change the covenants. Of those who cast ballots, 326 voted to allow street parking while 236 opposed any change in the covenants.
Finally, the Great Wall of Cascade Avenue. There is no resolution of the controversy between Colorado Springs and Holger and Sally Christiansen, who built a $200,000-plus wall around their Old North End mansion.
The city sued the couple alleging they built the wall without all the necessary approvals from the city and the Historic Preservation Board.
Now, the couple has filed a countersuit claiming damages in excess of $100,000. Among their claims, the Christiansens say the city has caused them “severe emotional distress which has put a severe strain on their marriage.” Read the lawsuit here: christiansenlawsuit
The wall is just north of Uintah Street on Cascade. Here are some photos of it: