Kostka in Court Thursday
The legal battle between the Village of Palatine and former councilman, Warren Kostka continues Thursday.
The legal battle between the Village of Palatine and former councilman, Warren Kostka continues in a Cook County courtroom in Rolling Meadows Thursday morning.
“Unless he got everything done last night, we want the court to uphold the court order,” said Village Manager, Reid Ottesen. “In my mind he is in contempt of court,” Ottensen said.
According to court documents from the July 24 hearing, a judge ruled that all outstanding violations, except those involving major structural issues, Kostka’s property at 108 N. Forest Avenue must be brought into compliance no later than August 23.
At the August 24 hearing, a judge extended the court hearing to Thursday Sept. 27.
Ottesen said the majority of the violations cited at Koskta’s property are still not up to Village code. “We just want the court to enforce the court order in whatever way they see appropriate,” said Ottesen.
Palatine is suing Kostka over several alleged property violations, in January, the village conducted a visual inspection of Kostka’s property at 108 N. Forest Ave. and discovered several ordinance violations consisting of:
- Changes to the property's grading that have been done in a manner as to create a nuisance that consist of deep trenches with unstable and hazardous side slopes; sand bags; various spoil piles of dirt, asphalt and concrete remaining on property; fabric fencing; exposed dirt areas with no permanent or temporary vegetative cover.
- Missing sections of siding, gutters and downspouts, handrails and guardrails.
- Broken pane of glass in the south elevation window.
- Driveway in disrepair.
- Wood boards lying on the roof.