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2/14/2013 3:44:00 AM
Lawsuit by former Dalzell trustee gets ruling

Alicia LeGrand-Riniker
NewsTribune Reporter

DALZELL — A five-year lawsuit from a complaint filed by former trustee, Ken Lenhart, against the village of Dalzell may be coming to an end.

Village president Gloria Orlandi announced at Wednesday night’s meeting that the judge entered a decision in favor of the village to dismiss the lawsuit.

“From day one, I said not one copper penny,” Orlandi said.

According to the complaint filed in December 2008, Lenhart and his wife, Carrie, had damage to their basement carpet, wall covering, doors and trim and other personal property from a raw sewage backup in July 2008. The Lenharts were suing the village for neglect, stating village officials knew about the problem of broken sewer tile joints and tap-ons from other homeowners but did not fix it.

The Lenharts have 30 days to appeal the decision but Orlandi said she believes it won’t be overturned. 

* Trustee Randy Bernabei informed the members that a water hydrant on Oak Street and Chestnut by the alley is part of a recent water leak and will be replaced. The water will be shut off at 8 a.m. Monday and remain off for at least four hours as the village replaces the hydrant and adds a shut off valve. A boil order will be in effect Monday until the village releases an OK. Trustee Laura Soens Lunn asked if they will do this to all hydrants. Bernabi replied it will be done to all of them when they need replacement.

* The trustees also discussed a complaint from Ryan Wenzel and his sister Stephanie about water accumulating at their property on the corner of Luce and Lucy streets. Bernabei said he had been to area and saw a 25-foot puddle that was 3 inches deep and suggested building a ditch to help direct the water into the stormsewer. Village clerk Jyll Pozzi said that was a good decision because Stephanie Wenzel has called several times to complain. Bernabei said nothing could be done until the weather gets better.

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