ST. CHARLES – St. Charles resident Clifford McIlvaine, whose long-term improvement project has been taken over by the city, blamed St. Charles officials after water leaked into his house Monday after a heavy downpour.
“It was like a shower coming down,” McIlvaine said. “The water came through both the attic of the garage and the solarium. It was coming in here bad. It was gross negligence on the part of the city of St. Charles.”
Kane County Judge David Akemann recently allowed the city of St. Charles to proceed with repairing McIlvaine’s property at 605 Prairie St., including correcting an unfinished roof.
The city had sued McIlvaine in 2010, pushing him to finish the project which was started more than 30 years ago.
St. Charles aldermen recently approved hiring Absolute Construction and Roofing to install an asphalt roof on his house.
McIlvaine said the water damaged a lot of electrical supplies and building materials that were being stored in his house.
“Who’s going to pay for all this stuff?” McIlvaine asked. “It’s the city’s responsibility to make sure nothing like this happens.”
McIlvaine said the temporary tarps that were on his roof should have been replaced by a rubber membrane in order to prevent what happened.
“I wanted the temporary tarps to get a permanent rubber membrane right away,” he said.
Bob Vann, the city’s building and code enforcement division manager, said what happened was an “unfortunate thing.”
“It’s a matter still under investigation,” Vann said. “Either the tarp got blown off, or it wasn’t laid right.”
He said the contractor has “adjusted everything to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
A status hearing on the case is set for Friday. McIlvaine said he plans to discuss the matter with Akemann.
In 1975 and 1976, the city issued McIlvaine building permits for the construction of a detached garage and addition to the home.
The house, which dates to the early 1920s, is his boyhood home.
Akemann in May allowed the city of St. Charles to proceed with repairing McIlvaine ’s property, including correcting an unfinished roof and removing outside debris and construction materials deemed hazardous.
A work schedule was agreed upon in court.
The project was supposed to be completed by the end of September 2012, according to the order.