Followup River Run HOA Meeting Slated for October 9, 2019

River Run Home Owners Association Announcement

September 27, 2019

Please join us for a follow-up meeting to the 2019 Home Owners Association Annual Meeting.

Home Owners Association Meeting

      • Date: October 9, 2019
      • Time: 6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
      • Location: The ‘Big Park’ (across from 1302 N. Inland Ct.) We tried to book a meeting room at Life Center, but none was available during the stipulated timeframe.


  1.  Increase HOA Board Seats from 6 to 7
  2. Elect HOA Board Members for open seats.  Brief statements from candidates Lance Abernathy, Dale Cohen, and Kathy Lang is provided at the end of this post.

Background Information

We held our annual meeting on September 10. One of the main objectives was to elect two Board members to replace the two Members that are cycling off. Unfortunately, we were two “households” short of a “quorum.” As stated in our bylaws (Article 2.3), a quorum is 20% of Class A members or proxies (42 households). The meeting was adjourned without holding a vote and another must be held within 10-30 days. Any members who attend this second meeting shall constitute a quorum.

This second meeting is set for October 9, with the express purpose of meeting the stated requirements above.

At the meeting, each candidate will provide a short introduction and attendees will vote. We will also entertain floor nominations, so anyone that is interested can present themselves at this meeting.


In the event a homeowner cannot attend this meeting and wants to vote, you can always stipulate a proxy. This can be a neighbor who is attending or a Member of the Board. Proxies must be filed in writing (or by email) with the Secretary (Kay Farrell, 509-750-1153, before the time of the second meeting. All proxies in effect from the first meeting are still in effect due to the adjournment.


Contact HOA Board President Carl Sohn, 509-944-1423,

HOA Board Candidate Statements

Lance Abernathy

The Cottages of River Run were completed three years ago. To date, no River Run HOA members have sat on the board that live in the Cottages. I would like to become a board member so I could represent this segment of the River Run community in addition to the whole community. River Run is a very desirable residential community with friendly neighbors, nice homes, and great curb appeal with pleasant walkways, a park, and well maintained yards. I want to be a good steward of this residential community and help keep it an attractive and desirable place to live and raise a family.

I am 68 years old, retired in 2015 along with my wife, Janet, and moved to Spokane to be close to family. We live in the what I call the best place to live in Spokane. It’s close to the river with its dirt trails, close to other established trails, minutes from downtown, and is blessed with natural scenic beauty. I want to help maintain River Run for many years to come.

Dale Colen

Retired Computer/network specialist and manufacturing sales engineer with experience with contract review and negotiation. Eight years of HOA board member experience. Resident of River Run Cottages.

Kathy Lang

Hi neighbors! I am Kathy Lang. My husband, Greg, and I live at 1606 North Sand Brook. We have lived in our home for almost three years. We built our home on the last available lot in River Run. Prior to that, we rented one of the townhomes up the hill. All in all, we have been in the neighborhood for about five years and we have loved it from day one. You might know us from our dogs, Charlie and Remi. Two curly-coated Spanish Water Dogs who bark incessantly at passers-by … ugh, we are working on that. I work at The Emily Program, an eating disorder clinic. Spokane is super fortunate to have this clinic in our own backyard. I highly value civic engagement and as such, I volunteer a fair amount of time to the city.

I sit on the city’s Design Review Board (DRB) as a liaison to the Community Assembly. This has introduced me to Spokane’s city administration and to various teams of people who work to move Spokane along as we grow and change. In my role on the DRB, I represent the neighborhoods through communication, guidance, and advocacy. I like that I get to work with neighborhoods from a personal position, listen to their needs, assist in building understanding, and advocate for their position. This suits my personality and aligns well with how I envision an HOA board.

I see an HOA board as a hub of communication, flowing inward and outward, and as the center point of neighborhood involvement and efforts aimed at building community while remaining mindful of the membership’s financial and social investments and responsibilities. We have a wonderful neighborhood, much due to the efforts of current and past board members. I imagine the board’s work is at times long and involved and often goes without nearly enough appreciation. I would like to see some of the board’s work passed to the general membership. Whether that is a matter of instilling a group of folks to tackle communication needs, pulling together a group of neighbors to serve as eyes on their area’s landscaping, or creating a team of folks interested in organizing community activities such as a river clean-up and social gatherings.

For the past few months I have taken the lead on understanding our current pest and weed control approach and have created an avenue to provide spraying details to the neighborhood. I plan to move forward with a group of interested neighbors to continue to evaluate our current approach and to see if there are options that will allow us to ease up on our present chemical use, while still maintaining our neighborhood’s beauty. If l end up on our HOA board, l will offer to serve as the board member to lead this effort, if I am not chosen to sit on the board, I will support the designated board member in this effort. Thank you for your consideration.