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Kostka Clash Frustrates Neighbors; Court Hearing Extended

The next status hearing is set for May 17.

A handful of Warren Kostka’s neighbors that attended the April 26 court hearing to testify on behalf of Palatine didn’t get the chance to voice their frustrations over the state of Kosta’s deteriorating property.

The two parties appeared briefly in Cook County Court Thursday, when Kostka’s attorney, Richard Belmonte, who appeared in lieu of Robert Egan, asked for an extension to answer the complaint filed by the village. Belmonte has until May 10 to answer the complaint, after which the next status hearing is set for May 17.

“I came because I wanted to show my support for the village of Palatine,” said Pamela Panczyk, who lives two doors down from Kostka.

Panczyk said she took time away from work this morning to attend the hearing because she believes Kostka’s property is a hazard to public safety.

“In the winter his yard floods and ice freezes over the sidewalk making it dangerous to walk on,” she said.

at 108 N. Forest Avenue. In addition to a fine of $500 per day per violation, the village is seeking an injunction to force Kostka to correct the violations and to also pay the cost of the village’s attorney’s fees.

Kostka has said 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.

Kostka ran for mayor in 2009 and served on the Village Council from 1997 to 2000.

Gary Bogenberger, who lives 75 yards away from Kostka’s house, also attended the hearing. He said he’s been trying to sell his house, and while he’s had 60 showings, two dozen of those have expressed concern about the state of Kostka’s property.

Another neighbor, Bob Boldog, who’s lived next door to Kostka for nine years, said he started filing complaints six months ago when his kids said they were unable to play basketball in the driveway because garbage piles on Kostka’s lawn smelled so bad.

Read more about Warren Kostka's flood-damaged house

Scott April 26, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Why should a continuance be granted? Kostka had plenty of time to prepare.
Beth April 26, 2012 at 06:30 PM
I agree. Waste of everyone's time and those neighbor's who showed up that had to take off of work.
Kim April 26, 2012 at 07:36 PM
This guy has to be absolutely crazy! Yes, he thinks he is trying to prove a point to the village of Palatine, but instead he is being inconsiderate of his neighbors and anyone else living nearby, as his property is an eyesore. Its hard to believe that this man even tried running for mayor, who would vote for him? After seeing how he takes care of his property, I would hate to see how he would run the village. My hope is that he is fined heavily, and moves to another town, so that someone else can deal with him.
Shawn April 26, 2012 at 08:15 PM
He gets a continuance because that is his legal right, so he can collect more paperwork that supports his side. Whichever side shows the most paperwork supporting their side usually wins. He asked for continuance so they could get a bigger pile of paper. If Kostas pile is bigger next hearing the village will ask for a continuace to get a bigger pile. The Crook county way. Biggest pile wins
Forest April 26, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Not only did he get a continuance but he asked that the trial be moved downtown. This is his way. If he can't win, then he makes everyone work harder to make things right. Thru all this, consider how much MONEY he is costing our village(us). Village attorney costs are sure to go thru the roof on this one. Thanks Warren!

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