County officials call for additional repairs to Dillon Valley condo complex
June 4, 2015
An aging Dillon Valley condo complex, where a man fell from a collapsed walkway on Wednesday, will need additional work, according to county officials. Not only will the complex repair the crumbled bridge where Thomas Glick fell 25 feet, but property management will also look at additional repairs to the remaining walkway.
Glick, who was reportedly transported to a hospital in Denver following the incident, was testing the integrity of the walkway at Orofino Condominiums for property manager Wildernest Vacation Rentals.
"It was just a really unfortunate situation. That guy took a really big fall," said Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue Public Relations Officer Steve Lipsher. "He wasn't expecting this thing to fail, but the entire walkway crumbled."
Leslie Walker, a board member of the Orofino by Straight Creek Homeowners Association, said that the complex would put up a temporary staircase with scaffolding to allow residents to reach the two upper units.
"We want to be able to create safe access," Walker said. "Our primary goal is to keep residents and visitors safe."
While Walker didn't have an exact date for when the staircase would be erected, she said emergency restoration company BluSky would construct it soon. She added that additional shoring, or supportive wooden beams, would be added below the walkways to provide support. Lake Dillon Fire reported that last week, shoring was placed under the bridge to help support it prior to its collapse.
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At the time of the incident, Lake Dillon firefighters also rescued a woman, who was trapped in the upper units following the collapse of the bridge.
Generally, in response to emergency situations, Summit County can help expedite the approval of repairs. Assistant County Manager Thad Noll said that the review process could be as short as a few days, but it would likely take the complex weeks before they could submit the plans for review.
Walker said that prior to the collapse, the homeowners' association had drawn plans to redo the walkways this summer—a much-needed update as the building dates back to the seventies. County building inspectors on-site at the time of the incident reported multiple areas that were in need of repairs.
"We don't see this kind of thing very often, but, as buildings age they need to be well-maintained. The building owners have some work ahead of them," Lipsher said. "Looking at things with the naked eye, it looks like there's some pretty significant deterioration of the upper walkways. Some things look dilapidated, like they need an upgrade."
A date for more extensive repairs has not yet been set. Wildernest Vacation Rentals declined to comment for this article.
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