The Nassau Legislature approved $500,000 Monday for developer Gary Melius in a compromise settlement related to the county's part in his loss of the Brooklyn Water Works property in Freeport.

Melius, who has said that he plans to put condominiums on the property, said Monday: "I'm glad they decided to settle rather than spend all of the time and money that could have gone into this."

The vote was 17-0, with Legis. David Denenberg (D-Merrick) recusing himself, he said, because a former member of his law firm had once represented a party involved in the case.

The administration of County Executive Edward Mangano was not involved in the actions leading to the lawsuits, but it settled the case and would not say why.

Melius charged in his lawsuit that the defendants altered the tax lien form served on him to misrepresent how long he had left to pay the taxes due on the property.

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The early 2009 lawsuit, which also included a bevy of Freeport officials as defendants, contended that top village officials plotted with a former Nassau deputy treasurer between 2000 and 2004 and took the 4.2-acre property through a tax deed scheme.

Melius, who also owns Oheka Castle in Huntington, had already gotten the property back through court action in early 2006, but he said he was still being blocked for the approvals needed to go forward with his project.

The village settled with him earlier this year for $3.5 million, but he said about half a dozen Freeport defendants were not a part of that settlement and the case would continue against them.

In other Nassau legislative action, a proposed increase in park fees for nonresidents and "for-profit" league businesses was tabled until a full hearing on the county's 2011 proposed budget.