Lawsuit Filed Against Retirement Home

More than 200 senior citizens at an Omaha retirement community are enjoying their golden years, but several contractors who have done work at the manor say they are owed a lot of silver and that has led to an unusual lawsuit.

Steve Norman repairs boilers and is owed $3,000 so he filed a lien to blow off steam. “I have to do 10 or 12 jobs now just to pay for the parts I lost on this job by not getting paid.”

After calls from Fact Finders, the operators of Skyline Retirement Community near 72nd and Military have agreed to payments on the boiler bill and an electric company charge and past due elevator bills are getting paid up. But Asphalt Maintenance filed suit to collect $32,000 on a parking lot project.

Numerous liens, a lawsuit and complaints from vendors and contractors alleging slow payment have led a 92-year-old Skyline resident and a member of the board of directors to file a lawsuit seeking records on showing where the money is going.

Attorney Duncan Young represents the elderly board member. “Hopefully, we'll be able to establish that is running appropriately and properly and if not we'll know where it’s going wrong and be able to step in and try to correct that.”

The Indiana partnership that operates nonprofit Skyline calls the suit an abuse of the legal process. Americare claims the retirement community it rescued from near bankruptcy is growing financially healthy while catching up on its bills.

With a third of Skyline’s income coming from Medicaid or Medicare, Norman wants payment as both a contractor and taxpayer. “Why can't the government or somebody step in and say you need to be paying your bills.”

The Indiana partnership that operates Skyline says the retirement community had $1.5 million in operating income last year and adds the elderly board member has been given financial statements at regular meetings.

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