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Palatine Files Lawsuit Against Former Councilman for Property Violations

Warren Kostka claims that flood damage to his home was caused by Palatine. In January, the council rejected authorizing village staff to negotiate a purchase of his home.

Palatine is taking to court former councilman, Warren Kostka, over claims of several village violations on his property at at 108 N. Forest Avenue, according to an article in the Daily Herald.

The violations listed in the complaint include deep trenches with unstable and hazardous side slopes, sand bags, spoiled piles of dirt, fabric fencing, asphalt and concrete remaining on the property, missing gutters and downspouts, broken pane of glass and driveway in disrepair, the article states.

Kostka claims that a federally mandated project to separate Palatine's sanitary sewer and storm water system in the 1980s resulted in flood damage to his home. In January, the council considered and rejected authorizing village staff to negotiate a purchase of Kostka's home. 

Several of Kostka's neighbors attended the meeting to complain about the state of his property — sandbags along the side and rear of the home, a trench dug around the home. Near the driveway is a pile of chunks of asphalt — apparently ripped up from the driveway to facilitate the trench.

Just a few days later, that referenced flooding issues in Palatine. The sign stated: "WANT WATER? Buy A Home In Palatine."

 

Read more about Warren Kostka's flood-damaged house

Charles April 12, 2012 at 05:59 AM
I think the Village is DEAD WRONG here. They caused the problem, and they should fix it!!!!!!!
Shawn April 12, 2012 at 01:17 PM
This case will be decided by the side that brings the most paperwork to court Kosta wins, we pay both sides legal fees,damages, and buy his house. Village wins we pay village legal fees, Kosta will Appeal get more paperwork and we will be looking at this eyesore for years to come. No win situation for the taxpayer. Any outcome costs Us $$$$$$$$$
Scott April 12, 2012 at 01:23 PM
"Kostka claims that a federally mandated project to separate Palatine's sanitary sewer and storm water system in the 1980s resulted in flood damage to his home" ....so he blames the village? Sounds like his complaint should be against the feds.
Scott April 12, 2012 at 02:19 PM
"Kostka claims that a federally mandated project to separate Palatine's sanitary sewer and storm water system in the 1980s resulted in flood damage to his home" so why is his complaint against the village?
Peter Brown April 26, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Although Kostka has taken it to the extreme, I wish more Palatine residents would speak up and stand up. When the Village came out to my house in the ‘80s to separate the sewer and storm water, their solution turned my back yard and half my patio into a lake. I couldn’t get rid of all the water. It ultimately caused my patio to sink and crack, which forced water into my foundation and caused that to crack and flood my basement. Instead of bringing a multi-year suit against the village and paying attorney fees, and, watching my house become utterly destroyed, I got my own contractor to fix the problem. The cost to me was ultimately tens of thousands of dollars but it got fixed right. A word to the wise, don’t ever let the Village fix a problem, whatever it is and even if it’s for free. The companies they contract with don’t have a clue and don't care.

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