Carol Zier was shocked when she opened the letter from her Villages at Sand Creek Homeowners Association management company and discovered she was being ordered to paint the trim on her little shed.
And she was given just 30 days to get it done.
Carol was puzzled. The trim on her shed doesn’t need to be repainted. It’s not peeling or chipped.
That’s not the problem, according to the HOA.
And it doesn’t matter the trim has been the same color 12 years. Git ‘er done!
“I am just totally blown away by this,” Carol told me. “If you look at it, you wouldn’t even thing the shade is different.”
Carol assured me she wasn’t some covenant scofflaw who picked fights with the HOA. She’s always been a law-abiding HOA resident since she and her husband, Jerry, bought their home in 1999.
“I always pay my dues and I work hard to keep my home looking right,” Carol said. “And I never complain about things in the neighborhood they need to fix.”
So I drove out to her tidy home in the Villages at Sand Creek, a 141-acre, pie-shaped neighborhood off of Airport Road with about 500 homes developed in the late 1990s at the confluence of Sand Creek and its east fork. A city walking trail runs along the creeks with HOA-owned walkways providing access between a homes, including Carol’s.
I took some photos and brought them back to my editor, Dena, who studied them. She concluded the house trim was a “sandy” color and, by golly, the shed trim was more of a “putty.”
Her exact words: “The horror!”
She was being sarcastic. (She often gets that way when editing my columns.)
Anyway, I guess it’s true the colors don’t match.
But, really? Who has time to go around conducting CSI analyses of trim paint on hundreds of homes? If it’s so close that it escaped detection 12 years, why go after it now?
Board member Bob Ricketts said the 12-year delay puzzled him, too.
And, I asked him, if the HOA can spot Carol’s trim mismatch, how did it miss the six-foot-tall fence along the HOA-owned walkway that runs next to her yard?
The wood on the fence is bare, ugly, rotting wood.
Even worse, Carol said a piece of the fence blew down last spring and the HOA declined to fix it saying it was her responsibility.
Ricketts said he was unaware of the fence issue and promised to look into it.
I’m guessing Carol will be forced to paint her shed trim long before that fence is ever painted. Wanna bet?