Pump House Update

For those who have noticed that our Pump House, located just inside of the HOA at Gate #1, was severely damaged sometime during the height of the thunderstorm last Tuesday, July 23. I was notified at 10:25 that evening and immediately went to the scene. Thanks to the Geraghty’s who live across the street for calling me. They called the police who were on the scene by the time I got there. Due to the storm, the police computers were temporarily down so they were unable to run the plates at that time to ascertain who had been driving as the person had left the scene.

Next morning, the insurance company was called to report the accident and request that they schedule an adjuster to come out. Received a call from the police as to who the driver of the car was. Communication was had with the family of the driver and they were advised that we would be filing an insurance claim for damage to the building.

Nothing seems to move fast when situations like this arise. We are fortunate to have a master mason as a resident so I called Don Lenhardt and asked him to give me his assessment of the building’s condition. Don said the building needed to be demolished. Thank you Don … really appreciate your volunteering to give us a professional opinion.

On Thursday at 7 AM, the insurance adjuster arrived … looked over the building, inside and out, and said the building should be demolished. Confirmation of Don’s opinion. In the meantime, our insurance company is in contact with the car owner’s insurance company to start the process of getting a claim filed.

Following my meeting with the adjuster Vera Power was called to come turn off the power at the main transformer. Merit Electric came and dismantled the electrical boxes. Spokane County Clean Air Authority required an asbestos abatement. That was done so now the demolition of the building can begin as soon as the company gets the required permits from the City. Calls have been made to a number of contractors with regard to rebuilding the pump house but with home building in high gear we are having problems finding anyone that can start soon. If anyone knows of a contractor who would be interested in giving us a bid, please let me know or have them call me.

For those asking about the “waterfall” into the lake, it may be quite some time before the water will be running again. The building has to be rebuilt, the power reinstalled, and the pump and related plumbing repaired as it was damaged in the car crash.

If you have further questions, please feel free to email me at dwilhite1975@yahoo.com or call at 509-991-7639.

Diana Wilhite

President, Shelley Lake Estates HOA

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