AURORA, Colo. -- The city of Aurora is taking two groups to court to address growing problems at a condominium complex.
The Red Sky Homeowners Association and the condominium's property manager, Hammersmith Management, and Hammersmith employee Shawna Richards are facing 15 charges.
- Failure to maintain buildings and equipment
- Failure to maintain premises
- Failure to address exterior maintenance, stairs, and handrails
- Failure to provide landscaping
- Failure to maintain landscaping
- Duty to cut weeds
- Unlawful outdoor storage
- Failure to address exterior maintenance of roof
- Fence material prohibitions
- Fence construction requirements
- Failure to maintain fences
- Trash/debris removal
- Litter on property
- 11 counts of unlawful vehicles
- Failure to remove graffiti
Richards made her first appearance in Aurora Municipal Court on Tuesday where she pleaded not guilty.
The FOX31 Problem solvers investigated multiple problems at the condominium complex in January, including a raccoon infestation.
One resident claims a raccoon fell through her ceiling and into her home. Another resident showed raccoon urine leaking through his bathroom ceiling.
A 2-year-old fell through a railing and tumbled more than 20 feet off a balcony at the complex. The toddler fractured his skull but survived the fall.
Other condo owners and renters said they've witnessed other problems with railings and stairs at the complex. One man claims his neighbor fell through a stair in the summer.
"It's getting terrible around here. They were walking down the stairs and the wood broke," Danny White said.
Improvements finally might be coming.
Hammersmith Management said the problem lies with Red Sky's board of directors, which they claim decides which maintenance gets taken care of.
It said the board doesn't have enough money to pay for many of the repairs. Some condo owners are delinquent on their HOA dues.
It gave one example where a homeowner owed more than $20,000.
The company also released a statement.
"Red Sky Homeowners Association is a condominium association with a board of directors elected by the homeowners. The board makes the decisions, and the management company, in this case Hammersmith Management, carries out the decisions of the board. As the managing agent, Hammersmith does not control the specific directives of the association.
Red Sky, via Hammersmith, has been responding to each raccoon incident as it is reported. The pest control company has been on-site throughout the past month to take steps to address the problem. The association has directed the pest company to relocate the raccoons, and to fix the condo building access point so as to block future entry by raccoons.
The deferred maintenance existed long before Hammersmith began managing the community in July 2017. Hammersmith is working in partnership with the board to address the issues. In order to complete all the necessary repairs, the association is proposing a special assessment."
The special membership meeting is scheduled for March 13. The homeowners will vote at the meeting.
In the meantime, the court case against them and the Red Sky Homeowners Association continues. Each count carries fines of up to $2,600 and one year in prison.