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Residents can't ignore the rules
First of all, the Twin Lakes Homeowners Association represents the interests of over 1,350 homeowners. Mr. Hall comprises less than .07 percent of these homeowners and this board cannot ignore Halls Conditions, Covenants & Restrictions (CC&R) violation just because he has taken his cause to Olympia. The board does not have the luxury, as Hall believes he has, to pick and choose which CC&Rs should be enforced and which can be ignored.
When Hall purchased his Twin Lakes property, he agreed to abide by the same CC&Rs that his neighbors did. These CC&Rs run with the land and are designed to help maintain a quality neighborhood. I would argue that our CC&Rs have been proven effective since Twin Lakes remains one of the nicest neighborhoods in Federal Way. I would also suggest that the results from enforcing the CC&Rs are what attracted Hall to our neighborhood. It seems rather hypocritical that he now wants to ignore them.
Second, the board has tried to collaborate with Hall in finding alternatives to the unauthorized fence that he placed. It has been Hall, and not the board, who has proven to be inflexible as to the type of structure and its location. Hall, through his unwillingness to accept alternatives, has forced the association to move this matter into the legal arena. The board would much rather utilize Homeowner Association dues toward much needed maintenance and improvements, but because of Halls actions, we now must front attorneys fees.
Third, believe it or not, Hall is not the first person with young children to live on the water in Twin Lakes. These other homeowners have found ways to protect their children without violating the CC&Rs. Perhaps if Hall had channeled his energies into finding a CC&R-compliant solution, instead of trying to change state law, there would be no issue here to discuss.
Finally, as a member of the Twin Lakes Homeowners Association Board of Directors, I find your editors characterizations offensive. Anyone who has served on a Homeowners Association Board understands whats involved. The majority of our time is spent dealing with violations from a very small number of homeowners. It is stressful, thankless work and we receive no financial compensation for the scores of hours we devote each month for the good of the association. We serve because it is necessary, and volunteers are scarce. Perhaps if your editor would climb down off of his soapbox long enough to get involved, he would have a more stable platform from which to cast judgement.
Twin Lakes Homeowners Association