$400,000 Damage Claim

Claim filed against City of Plattsmouth. The claim asks for $423,364 for damages sustained to the real estate and building at 1003 Chicago Avenue in Plattsmouth, the former Hollywood Diner and Starz and Strikes bowling alley.

The claim comes through Smith-Gardner-Slusky Law Offices on behalf of Cass County Bank which is identified as mortgagee and as property owner by warranty deed.

The Cassgram reports the letter from attorney Edward F. Pohren of the law firm says the restaurant and building were permanently closed in 2009 and city water service to the building was shut off and the lines in the building were drained and winterized. But subsequently, on a date unknown, one or more persons employed by the city turned on the water main at the street location and water intruded into the building’s water lines. With the HVAC system shut down, the water froze and pipes burst at multiple locations and after the lines thawed, a vast quantity of water flooded the building, covering the floor “for several inches,” he said.

After estimates were received, the tort claim amount is “what is needed to restore the structure,” said the letter.

The Plattsmouth City Council received the tort claim last night and sent it through the city’s legal channels following discussion in a closed session.

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