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Lake in the Hills settles lawsuit with former horse stable tenant for $11,000

LAKE IN THE HILLS – The village and a former tenant of the municipal-owned horse stable property at 1109 Pyott Road have settled a lawsuit for $11,000.

Somerset Sport Horse Equestrian Center and Tammy McConnell agreed to pay the village $11,000 to settle the lawsuit, which was filed in 2012.

McConnell and Somerset Sport House Equestrian Center left the stable property in February 2012 leaving behind a pile of manure and a trailer that needed to be repaired, said Village Administrator Gerald Sagona.

The village accused McConnell breaching the lease, and assorted code enforcement problems on the property, such as the damage to the property.

McConnell denied the accusation under the settlement agreement.

The $11,000 will go to the village's general fund, and isn't earmarked for anything specific, Sagona said. It does reimburse the village for some of its legal expenses. 

The village kept McConnell's security deposit, and used it to remove the manure, Sagona said.

"On the settlement, both parties walk away wishing they had more," Sagona said.

Lake in the Hills has since found new tenants to fill the property. For most of 2013, Jennifer Valenti ran the stables as Dynasty Farm Inc. before leaving the facility.

Now, Josiah and Samantha Kitchel are leasing the stables and running RoseGate Equestrian Center in the village owned property.

The village bought the 27-acre property for $2.6 million in order to keep it as a horse facility. The recent tenants received lower rents than the $4,600 a month the village had received in the past and in exchange had to perform repairs to stall doors, fix broken boards, add limestone, among other things.

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