Park Ridge aldermen not convinced home caused neighbors’ flooding
Updated: July 29, 2012 6:16AM
Following more than four hours of discussion and commentary spanning two meetings this month the Park Ridge City Council opted to take no action regarding allegations of code violations on a piece of residential property near Uptown.
The City Council met in closed session June 18 to discuss potential litigation involving a home at 322 S. Vine Ave. following repeated allegations from two neighbors that building-code violations have caused their residences to flood.
“The only action that we could take at this point would be to pursue an alleged violation and that would be difficult to prove, and ultimately not solve the problems the neighbors are complaining about,” Mayor David Schmidt said.
Park Ridge Building Administrator Steve Cutaia said swales that had been created on the property to manage water runoff were no longer visible. Bernard Bono, a civil engineer who had inspected the property following the home’s construction, said nothing in the city’s laws states how long swales must remain on properties.
Two neighbors of the property have been addressing the City Council with complaints for several years.
The City Council also took no action regarding another property owner’s request to modify the construction of a home at 2072 DeCook Ave. A stop-work order was placed on the home after the city discovered the builder had built the first floor more than a foot higher than what was originally approved. The homeowners had attempted to obtain a variance by appearing before the Zoning Board of Appeals, but the variance was denied.
Schmidt said no new plans have been formally submitted to the city for consideration and the City Council does not intend to pursue the matter.