Homeowners file suit in water dispute

Print Article

SANDPOINT — The Idaho Club Homeowner’s Association is suing to keep water flowing their homes’ taps.

The nonprofit homeowners group is seeking a judicial declaration that VP Inc. must honor its water service contracts with homeowners and cannot unilaterally terminate the service.

The suit also holds that abruptly terminating the service is contrary to the Idaho Constitution.

The suit was filed in 1st District Court on April 18. Water service to parts of the upscale golf development was stopped on April 12. The owner of the development, Valiant Idaho, obtained a temporary restraining order on April 13 to prevent VP from halting water service.

Judge Barbara Buchanan said last week that the order would remaining in place until a permanent order is drafted which ensures residents of the Idaho Club are not left in the lurch.

The homeowners association suit contends that its members have contracts with VP for water service and the group’s articles include pledge to any and all things necessary to maintain the peace, health, safety and general welfare of its members.

“The lack of water to properties within the Idaho Club constitutes a substantial and immediate health and safety hazard to properties within the Idaho Club, as well as the association’s owners/members, and to the association,” Sandpoint attorney Toby McLaughlin said in civil complaint.

McLaughlin said the lack access to water effectively renders the homes inhabitable and places VP in breach of contract.

The club’s utility infrastructure is the current flashpoint in lengthy and complex litigation involving the foreclosure of the resort in 2009. Valiant ultimately acquired the resort and more than a hundred undeveloped parcels. VP Inc. was evicted from two parcels which held the resort’s water and septic systems.

Counsel for VP argued that it vacated the parcels in light of the eviction order and contends an earlier order in the case provided utilities for the undeveloped parcels even though there is no agreement to service those lots.

Print Article

Read More Local News

Board nudges salaries, meals, and OKs bids

June 28, 2017 at 5:00 am | Priest River Times PRIEST RIVER — The West Bonner County School District board of trustees discussed the recently-completed school year and adopted its budget for the next school year here June 21. As part of the next...

Comments

Read More

Firefighters urge caution on Fourth of July

June 28, 2017 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee SANDPOINT — Celebrating the Fourth of July with fireworks, cookouts and community events can quickly turn to disaster if proper precautions are not taken. “Safe and sane fireworks are legal in our a...

Comments

Read More

New Dufort site opens Thursday

June 28, 2017 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee SAGLE — Residents will encounter an improved solid waste transfer site and more recycling options when Bonner County’s new Dufort facility opens on Thursday. The site opens at 7:30 a.m. with dignita...

Comments

Read More

Longtime Lion to lead club’s Grand Parade

June 28, 2017 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee SANDPOINT — When Mike Reeb moved to Sandpoint in 1970, it was just a "sleepy old lumber and railroad town." Now, as the Lions Club International celebrates its 100th anniversary this year,...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(208) 263-9534
PO Box 159
Sandpoint, ID 83864

©2017 Bonner County Daily Bee Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X