Building on Oskaloosa square receiving more legal attention

by Dennis Sharkey

Another lawsuit involving building owner Phil Cline has been filed with the Jefferson County Court Clerk’s office.

Cline is now suing the former operators of El Chino Bandito Restaurant, Derek Ong and Susan Womack, according to the case file. The case was filed with the clerk’s office Sept. 16.

Cline alleges that Ong and Womack entered into an agreement to rent the property at 316-318 Washington Street in Oskaloosa. The document states that the agreement was consummated on July 29, 2009 for $3,600 in rent due to Cline over a specific term of six months according to Cline. Cline alleges in the documents that the defendants only paid $900 in rent.

Cline is seeking $20,000 in damages including rent, lost rental income, cleaning expenses and physical damage to the inside of the building.

Cline also told the Independent that items belonging to him were removed from the building and sold.

Currently the building sits empty and is at the center of attention in another lawsuit in addition to issues the Oskaloosa City Council has with the building.

Earlier this year Cline filed a lawsuit against the property owner adjacent to the building on Washington Street in connection with a fire that destroyed a building that was structurally connected to Cline’s building. In that lawsuit Cline alleges that the clean up and restoration of his building was done improperly causing further damage to his building.

Cline was also arrested and charged with trespassing for an incident during the clean up and restoration period but charges were later dropped.

The Oskaloosa City Council also has issues with Cline and his building. At a recent council meeting Cline and his attorney Dennis Hawver met with the council but both men left angry feeling that the city was being uncooperative.

Council members inquired of Cline about what he intended to do with the building because of city building codes and safety. Cline first notified the city about the issue with his building in a letter dated April 13, 2010. Cline also requested to speak to the council earlier this month but did not show for the meeting.

Cline has listed Kenji S. Zweygardt as his attorney in the matter concerning the case against Ong and Womack.

Cline said on Monday that he was just days away from opening a new restaurant in the building when the issue with the wall was discovered.

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