Judge rules in favor of Yacht Club in Dillon parking dispute
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DILLON – After months of angst and disagreement over the fate of parking at Dillon’s Yacht Club condominiums, District Court Judge Terry Ruckriegle ruled in favor of the homeowners association. The Yacht Club homeowners association and the Town of Dillon have been awaiting a ruling in the parking dispute since January.
According to Yacht Club’s attorney Ed Gassman, the judge “did not provide specifics (on how to deal with the parking disagreement) because in our complaint we did not ask for specifics. He did say the town could not prohibit Yacht Club from parking in the town right-of-way adjacent to and in the vicinity of Yacht Club.”
The Yacht Club condo complex is located at the corner of Gold Run Circle and Tenderfoot Street – the site of road reconstruction the past two summers. Its homeowners association sued the Town of Dillon over the winter because of a road redevelopment project they say has taken away much-needed parking spaces for the complex.
Dillon officials in turn said Yacht Club residents have been parking illegally in the town right-of-way for years, and the complex contains 50 units with only 43 legal parking spaces. Dillon staff and council members said they wanted the homeowners association to deal with its parking issues to remedy the situation.
Yacht Club residents said the condominium design was not only approved by the town, but that Dillon officials were putting undue hardships on them by not allowing them to park in the right-of-way. Homeowners wish to continue parking their cars in the town right-of-way, and Dillon officials contend the practice is hazardous and illegal. Yacht Club also claims the project diminished the condo development’s property value by limiting its parking, making it difficult for owners to rent units and take out loans.
“I’m really sorry that it had to come to this,” said Yacht Club homeowners association president Bill Bivins. “We wanted to work with the town.”
Bivins added that he thought the town and Yacht Club would go back to the drawing board for negotiations on the parking issue.
Town manager Devin Granbery also expressed disappointment with the case’s outcome.
“We’re disappointed with the Court’s decision,” Granbery said. “The town council will be meeting with their legal counsel to discuss options available to the town.”
Granbery also said the Town of Dillon has until Oct. 15 to appeal the ruling if they choose to do so.
SDN reporter Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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