Springs Homeowner Faces DEC, Housing & Zoning Charges

East Hampton Town Hall.

A Springs resident faces multiple charges he violated the town’s housing and zoning codes, and unlawfully kept a deer as a pet in his backyard, after town police and ordinance officers responded to his Cedar Street residence on October 11 to reports of possible overcrowding.

According to town police, upon arrival, ordinance officers found eight vehicles parked in the driveway. The officers conducted an inspection of the house and found that the basement had allegedly been illegally converted to several bedrooms and an office. The basement was listed in town records as a recreation room under construction, and the building permit had expired several years prior to the inspection, according to a press release issued by the town last week. The house, which was listed as a three-bedroom, was converted to a seven-bedroom house.

The deer, which appeared unafraid of human contact, had around its neck a dog collar that was roped to a steel rod in the ground, and, apparently, it was being kept as a pet.

Homeowner Angel Otavalo, who town officials said was present at the time of the inspection, was charged with 16 counts of various town code violations, including the following three counts of not having a smoke detector, six counts of not having a certificate of occupancy for various rooms, two counts for having a pool and volleyball court constructed without building permits, one count for having a shed built without a 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.

He was also changed with unlawful possession of wildlife by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Police, who took the deer to rehabilitation.

Mr. Otavalo will be required to appear in East Hampton Justice Court at a later date, according to Kelly Kampf, the Town’s Assistant Director of Public Safety, who took part in the inspection and investigation.