Tom Lewin is a wanted man.
Lewin, representative of LKLWL Properties, did not appear in Batavia City Court this morning on the matter of alleged code violations at the former Latina's Market property and Judge Robert Balbick issued a warrant for his arrest.
Meanwhile, attorneys for IPTV-B-C-45, LLC, the current mortgage holder on the property at 45 Ellicott St., did appear in court.
Franklin Hiller, attorney for the mortgage company, said that IPTV, not LKLWL as previously indicted by Lewin, hired PestRX to evaluate the gull issue at Latina's and come up with a plan for deal with the issue.
To implement that plan, which was turned over to the court by the attorney for IPTV, will cost IPTV $16,600. It will involve cleaning bird debris off the 41,580-square-foot roof, power washing the sides of the building, cleaning drains and putting in new drain covers, and implementing an "exclusion" procedure to deter the gulls from coming back.
The exclusion method was not specified.
"We intend to put forward our best effort and resolve this issue and put it right with the city," Hiller said.
As mortgage holder -- having only recently been assigned the mortgage, Hiller said -- IPTV has the right to protect its financial interest in the property and insure the building is well maintained.
Without IPTV stepping in now to try and resolve the issue, IPTV could ultimately face a bigger bill down the road.
"The cost of any fines or penalties or the cost of the city's remediation would ultimately come out of the mortgage holder's pockets," Hiller said.
One potential stumbling block is that before PestRX will begin work, Lewin must sign a liability waiver.
Outside of court, another attorney for IPTV, Mary Redmond, said that one way or another, IPTV will handle the issue.
As for Lewin, Judge Balbick wants to see him in court.
"The defendant will answer in my court independent of what you (Hiller) do," BaIbick said. "It’s imperative that this man appear in city court."
City Manager Jason Molino said the city will actively pursue the warrant against Lewin to ensure he appears before Balbick to answer the code violation charges.
Photo: Franklin Hiller, courtesy Geoff Redick, WBTA.