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Sinkhole dispute in Peru now part of a lawsuit

Posted by wlpo on January 29, 2015

About a month after noticing that a sinkhole had formed along the curb of her yard, Pamela Ajster of Peru had standing water in her basement. In a lawsuit filed Wednesday in La Salle County, she claims the city is responsible for the damage to her basement and she’s asking for up to $50,000.

The sinkhole was reported late last July. City crews filled the hole in several times before the basement flooded on August 22. City workers returned to work on the sinkhole after the flooding and City Clerk Dave Bartley told Ajster the city was responsible for the problem. The city’s response fell short according to Ajster.

The city provided a dumpster and a couple of summer workers to clean the basement. She also gave the city a list of damages but in late September was told the city wouldn’t be covering anymore of the costs.
The dispute began to play out during city council meetings.

The city’s attorney thought Bartley should never have accepted responsibility and sent Ajster’s damages to the city’s insurance. The city’s insurance said Peru isn’t liable.

Ajster is represented by Tim Gatza of Armstrong and Surin. Classic Hits 103.9 WLPO left a message yesterday with Mayor Scott Harl.

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