HOA Board Changes

We have had a change in Board Members. Due to health concerns, Hugh Imhof had to step down. The person who received the next highest votes at our September, 2018 meeting was Tim Murphy. Tim has agreed to step in and fill out the rest of Hugh’s term. Here is your updated Board information: 

  1. President, Carl Sohn, cell: 509-944-1423 (carl.sohn @ northwestfcs.com)
  2. Vice President, Bob Bordonaro, cell: 509- 869-1658 (bobb @ datapronw.com)
  3. Treasurer, Taryn Hutchins, cell: 509-951- 9522 (tarynhutchins @ comcast.net) 
  4. Secretary, Kay Comstock-Farrell, phone: 509-750-1153 (ketc7 @ yahoo.com) 
  5. At large, Tim Murphy, cell: 509-990-3549 (tmurp43 @ comcast.net) 
  6. At large, Dan Arch, cell: 509-869-6687 (d_arch @ hotmail.com)

Save the Date—Annual Meeting—Sept. 10

The River Run Homeowner’s Association annual meeting is set for September 10. It will be held in the Multipurpose Room at Life Center Church from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

Most importantly, we will be electing two Board members. If anyone is interested in running for a Board position, please call one of the Board members above. This is an unpaid, volunteer commitment to a three-year term. Many of the current members have done more than one term. It is healthy for the Board to have new voices. Please consider becoming a Board member! 

Save the Date—Neighborhood Summer Get-together—Aug. 6 (National Night Out)

We have set a date for an informal BBQ and large park spruce-up party. This date also coincides with the National Night Out. 

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances. 

Date: August 6

  • Time: 5:30-8 p.m.
  • Location: The “Big” Park
  • Food: Burgers, Hot Dogs, basic fixins provided by the HOA. 
  • Feel free to bring a dish to share!
  • Tools and Equipment: If you would like to help with some light park improvement, bring your wheelbarrow, gloves, shovel, nippers, or saw. 

Kids are welcome and encouraged! Feel free to stop by for a burger and catch up with your neighbors even if you don’t plan to work on projects. We look forward to seeing you there! If you have questions or if you would like to help with the BBQ, contact Kay Comstock at ketc7 @ yahoo.com

Architectural Committee

The CC&R Compliance and Architectural Committee consists of Dan Arch, Stephanie Klein, Kaye Dingfield and Tim Murphy. The Board voted to expand the committee to five members, so we need volunteers willing to serve on this Committee. These positions are non-elected and there is no set length that you must serve. 

All architectural and CC&R questions/ requests should be directed to Dan Arch. Any outside construction (patio covers, pergolas, gazebos, sheds, etc.) must have plans submitted and approved before construction begins. 

We have seen several homes being repainted and the Architectural Committee requests that any house or trim colors differing from the originals be approved beforehand as outlined in the CC&R’s. (Warm earth tones, only.) 

Reminder: Park Usage

We have done some checking regarding HOA liability regarding organized sports activities in our parks. All organized activities must be approved in advance to satisfy our insurance requirements. Please contact Bob Bordonaro and allow plenty of time prior to the first event


Greenleaf has always provided River Run Residents with a 5% discount on mowing, irrigation and lawn application services. Their contact number is: 509-536-2885. 

Due to the fact that Avista has an easement between the upper trail and the residents on Sandbrook, any planting off property must be approved in advance and current/prospective homeowners bear all maintenance and removal responsibilities. 

General maintenance of street trees is the homeowner’s responsibility, but we are in the process of approving a bid from Greenleaf to prune, straighten or replace some street trees.

Basketball Hoops

Basketball hoops left on city streets violate Spokane Municipal Code, Section 12.02.0737:  “Obstruction of Public Right of Way.” Basketball hoops are not allowed on City streets at any time. A complaint to the City may be filed anonymously, but the complainant must have a view of the obstruction. 

This is still the policy, but the City is exploring adjustments to it in the name of exercise promotion.

Political Yard Signs

Section 6.8 of the River Run By-laws prohibits the display of any type of sign in a homeowner’s yard (with the exception of for sale signs). However, Washington State RCW’s have overruled any governing document restriction with regard to political signs. Governing documents may include restrictions regarding the number and size of political signs and how long they are displayed. 

The Board agrees with Washington State Law. We also feel that this has not been an issue; it just needed some clarification to homeowners. 

We request that homeowners follow reasonable standards in placement, size and duration when displaying political signs. 

Animal Issues

SCRAPS handles animal complaints, pet lost and found, pet licensing, etc. This is their website. 

There is also a link to an online complaint form available on this site. SCRAPS telephone number is: 509-477-2532. 

The CC&Rs allow off-leash, well-behaved dogs under voice control on the River Run trails, but the sidewalks are still under City of Spokane jurisdiction (leashes required). Please keep assertive/ aggressive dogs on leash at all times. 

The CC&Rs specifically prohibit annoying or nuisance issues on anyone’s property. This includes excessive dog barking. Please be a conscientious dog owner/neighbor and be mindful of your dog’s barking. 

In addition, there is a CC&R limit of no more than two usual and ordinary household pets.