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."