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McFall agrees to restitution tab in building collapse

LOCKPORT – Businessman Patrick S. McFall agreed Thursday to pay the City of Lockport $36,877 to settle the case involving building code violations at his former Peters Dry Cleaning store on Willow Street, part of which collapsed Dec. 15. He got started by handing over a $5,000 check two weeks ago.

City Judge Thomas M. DiMillo placed McFall on three years’ probation Nov. 15, with the only condition being the repayment. Attorneys for McFall and the city disputed the amount before coming to agreement Thursday.

Deputy Corporation Counsel Matthew E. Brooks said McFall must pay the city at least $200 a month, starting in January.

McFall’s attorney, Jon R. Wilson, said that although there are more than $40,000 on back taxes and water bills owed on the property, the payment was to be considered restitution for city expenses in connection with the property and its cleanup, which has yet to begin. The state Department of Environmental Conservation lists it as an inactive hazardous waste site because of dry cleaning chemicals in the soil.

The city intends to foreclose on the site, while a settlement is worked out in a lawsuit between McFall and Eddie Person of Lockport, who claims McFall tricked him into buying the contaminated site for $1 in June. McFall denies that.