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Springs man faces fines after property brought into compliance

Angel Otavalo of Springs leaves East Hampton Town

Angel Otavalo of Springs leaves East Hampton Town Justice Court after pleading not guilty to charges including unlawful possession of wildlife on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

East Hampton Town officials said Monday that a Springs homeowner charged with nearly two dozen housing and zoning code violations is now in compliance but will be subject to fines.

Angel Otavalo, of 7 Cedar St., pleaded not guilty Monday to the charges — which include unlawful possession of wildlife — in East Hampton Town Justice Court before code enforcement officers reinspected the property and found Otavalo to be in compliance.

Judge Steven Tekulsky set Otavalo’s next court appearance for Jan. 30. Town Attorney Michael Sendlenski said in a telephone interview Monday that the proceeding is now expected to address fines the town still wants Otavalo to pay.

“We did do an inspection, and according to the code enforcement officers he is in compliance,” Sendlenski said. “The town looks for compliance.”

He added that the Jan. 30 court session would likely “turn into a plea arrangement.”

“There usually have to be fines,” Sendlenski said. “On the day we went there he was in violation, and every case we bring to a conclusion.”

Otavalo was charged in October with six counts of failing to have a certificate of occupancy for various rooms, three counts of having no smoke detector, once count of having no carbon monoxide detector, construction of a pool and a volleyball court without a building permit, two counts of no egress for the bedrooms in the basement and one count of using an extension cord in lieu of permanent electrical wiring. The single-family, three-bedroom home had seven bedrooms, and there were eight vehicles in the driveway, officials said.

Details about any tenants who might have been living in the home or information about their whereabouts now was not available.

In addition, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Police charged Otavalo with unlawful possession of wildlife after officials discovered a deer in the backyard with a dog collar on and tied to a makeshift leash.

David A. Betts, East Hampton’s public safety director, said town ordinance officials went to Otavalo’s house after getting reports of the deer and overcrowding.

The deer was removed from the premises by the DEC and taken to the Holtsville Ecology Center for rehabilitation.

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