The Village of Brookfield filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court on April 4, asking a judge to impose hefty fines on the owner of the Brookfield Bowl and grant the village permission to demolish the building at 3415 Maple Ave.

Brookfield Bowl has been closed since mid-February after an engineering report commissioned by Brookfield earlier that month disclosed that one of the building’s bow trusses had failed.

The Feb. 4 engineering report also stated, according to the suit, that temporary shoring erected to hold up the sagging roof didn’t conform to building code and that a temporary wall constructed to close off the bowling lanes from the main lobby was built without a permit.

In addition, the lawsuit seeks a $750 fine per day for each of the 20 code violations outlined by the village. Finally, Brookfield has asked the court to authorize the demolition of the building and that the property be placed in receivership.

Among those named as defendants in the suit are the building’s owner, Tim Cook; Anton Cermak, who is listed on the mortgage; John LaRocque, an investor in the business; First National Bank of Brookfield, which provided the mortgage; and Phoenix Bond and Indemnity Company, which purchased the unpaid 2006 real estate taxes on the property.

Each defendant has been issued a summons to appear in housing court at Maybrook Courthouse on April 29, with a status date set for May 31.

The village first learned about the snapped bow truss during a routine annual fire inspection on Sept. 28, 2010. While firefighters were walking through the alley, a piece of the metal frame holding acoustical ceiling tiles fell and hit one of them on the head.

Upon closer inspection, they noticed a truss had broken. That discovery led to the village shutting down the business until the roof could be shored up. Engineering reports have indicated that it will cost more than $100,000 to repair the roof.

The village’s building department allowed the bowling alley’s bar to reopen for business and told Cook to start repairs on the roof. But no repairs have moved forward and the village again shut the bowling alley on Feb. 18.

Cook told the Landmark last month that he has addressed many of the minor building code violations mentioned in the lawsuit. However, he doesn’t have the money for the roof repair and, with the business closed, it will be difficult to do so.

“Shutting me down is like putting me out of business,” Cook said in March. He reportedly is negotiating with his insurance carrier to increase the amount of money they have approved to compensate him for the roof damage that exists. To date, the insurance company has approved paying out just $25,000.