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LOCKPORT – A judge is expected to grant access to the Peters Dry Cleaning site in late June, allowing demolition and cleanup of that hazardous waste site to begin.

Corporation Counsel John J. Ottaviano told the Common Council last week that the matter is scheduled to go before State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. June 27.

Ottaviano said he presumes Kloch will sign the access order.

The city wants to foreclose on the former cleaning store at 316 Willow St. so the state Department of Environmental Conservation can begin a Superfund cleanup.

The unused store partially collapsed Dec. 15, 2011, and its owner, Patrick McFall, has not permitted access, according to court papers.

Once the DEC knocks down the ruins and removes the soil, contaminated with dry cleaning chemicals dating back decades, it will bring in fresh dirt and level the site before turning it back over to the city, Mayor Michael W. Tucker said.

The cleanup will cost the city nothing, but it will be permitted to resell the property, located in a residential area, as a home lot.

In other city news last week, the city began a $466,000 summer program of street reconstruction with the milling of parts of Cottage and Price streets.

The removal of old pavement, down to the streets’ original roadbeds, will be followed by repaving.

Other streets due for the same treatment this summer include Cleveland Place; Beattie Avenue between Oak and Willow streets; Marshall Place; Amelia Street; Beverly Avenue; Gaffney Road; and parts of William, Gooding, Caledonia and Lock streets.

The money for the work came from the state’s Consolidated Highway Improvement Program, commonly known as CHIPs.

Meanwhile, the Council voted to award a contract for sewer repairs on Lock Street and Tudor Lane.

The work will be done by United Survey of Cleveland for $177,600.

Alderman Patrick W. Schrader, D-4th Ward, said the Lock Street sewer is leaking, and the city has been paying $500 a day to rent a large pump to move sewage past the leak. He said the Tudor Lane sewer line is in the process of caving in.

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