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WJJL FACES COUNTY, FEDERAL INSPECTIONS

The headquarters of WJJL-AM were not condemned Wednesday by city building inspectors, but that doesn't mean the station has complied with demands that it rectify code violations.

City Inspections and Planning Director Dennis F. Virtuoso said county and federal agencies were to be called in today to inspect the Main Street studios of the station, where he said more health and safety violations were found Wednesday.

Meanwhile, station co-owner John Phillips said a City Hall meeting between the sides ended acrimoniously, and Virtuoso said legal options are being considered by the city.

Phillips said, "I don't like being pressured." He said he had been under the impression that the city's Law Department and attorneys for the station had made an agreement on how the dispute over building code violations was to be settled.

"We thought we had a deal and it was renounced," Phillips fumed. "They told us (Wednesday) they were going to shut us down. They were going to call in OSHA (the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and the state."

Phillips called it "treachery with a capital T."

But Virtuoso said, "I don't know of anything that was worked out. We found some new things (Wednesday). We found mold growing on the ceiling. We found asbestos in the back."

He said the Niagara County Health Department and OSHA have been advised of the situation and were expected to respond today.

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