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Town of Lockport decides not to demolish Dorchester Road house

LOCKPORT – The Town Board agreed Monday with a revised recommendation from Town Attorney Michael J. Norris that an abandoned house on Dorchester Road should not be demolished.

Norris said Chief Building Inspector Brian M. Belson had changed his views on 6267 Dorchester after tall grass was mowed and brush removed from the yard last week.

Those actions came in the wake of complaints from a neighbor, Anthony J. Southard, to The Buffalo News in an article June 23.

Norris said that since the cleanup, the bank that has filed a foreclosure suit against the homeowner, has secured the exterior of the house and hired a local company to mow the yard regularly.

He said the interior of the house is not bad enough to constitute a health hazard to trigger its demolition.

“I totally disagree with the town’s decision on that,” said Southard, reached by phone Monday evening. “The house has been flooded. … To me, it’s just another stall by the bank.”

Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. of Pittsburgh filed a foreclosure suit last year against owner Gary Drake of Niagara Falls, after a previous suit filed in 2008 was dismissed because of legal errors by the bank.

On another topic, the board formally rejected all bids for construction of sidewalks at various public schools in Lockport. The bids exceeded the budgeted amount.

The board heard results of bids for other jobs that it will vote on Wednesday.