Far East Restaurant’s former owner agrees on payment of fines

Cited three times in as many months late last year, the owner of the property on which the dilapidated former Far East Restaurant on North Avenue sits has agreed to pay considerable fines to settle the cases.

Ridgway resident Eric Lederer, owner of the well-known property at 1530 North Ave., was cited Oct. 11, Oct. 21 and Dec. 9 last year for prohibited discharges into storm drains, according to documents.

Neighbors of the property where the landmark restaurant once operated have complained to city officials about the state of disrepair on the property, trash strewn all about, and flooding that often happens in the basement of the building.

In an appearance in municipal court on March 26, Lederer pleaded no contest to the charges detailed in the three summonses.

On each of the three counts, Lederer agreed to pay a $1,000 fine; however, $500 of each of the fines will be suspended if Lederer doesn’t violate any of the city’s laws or regulations over the next year.

Lederer is also on the hook for $25 in court costs and a deferred fee of $25 for each of the three citations. He’ll also be on court-supervised probation during the yearlong deferral period.

Another stipulation in Lederer’s agreement states that even if he complies over the next year, “any future citations and/or convictions for violating the City’s regulations and/or laws shall treat these charges as earlier convictions for purposes of negotiations and/or sentencing,” court documents say.

Further, Lederer also agreed to give city officials permission to enter and inspect the property to ensure Lederer is complying with all rules and regulations that the city has on the books.

That inspection must be completed within 30 days of Lederer signing his agreement with the court.

It’s not clear as to whether that inspection has taken place or not.

Lederer did not immediately return a phone call Friday seeking comment.


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