City, health department cites motel with violations

Roadside Inn on East Dixie Avenue in Elizabethtown has been notified to evacuate the location by Friday and to correct ongoing issues or the site will be demolished, according to a City of Elizabethtown news release.

An Elizabethtown motel on East Dixie Avenue has been told by the city to get numerous violations in order or the building will be demolished.

The city announced Friday that the 80-room Roadside Inn had until this Friday to vacate.

According to city documents, Roadside Inn received its initial notification of violations Jan. 30, 2017, and 14 citations have been issued against the southside motel since then.

After an inspection Monday, the city moved forward to issue a notice of violation following a “significant number and category of the violations.”

Among the safety violations found by inspectors were a lack of heat in rooms, infestation, plumbing deficiencies, improper wiring and missing smoke detectors, according to the release.

The violation notice is supported by 22 pages of infractions, the release said. Inspec­tions were performed by Elizabethtown Planning and Development and the Eliza­bethtown Fire Department.

“City government is committed to doing its best to ensure that public safety and health standards are adhered to throughout the community,” Eliza­­bethtown Mayor Jeff Gre­gory said. “We will continue to work with the health department to check on any locations that we get tips or complaints about that people feel are unsafe.”

In the Feb. 4 inspection, a city official said approximately 96 percent of the rooms were inspected and seven pages of violations were noted.

The most recent inspection followed a Jan. 23 Lincoln Trail Health Department violation notice of the motel that was forwarded to the city.

According to a health department report received Friday afternoon through an open records request by The News-Enterprise, the department inspected eight rooms Jan. 23 as well as bathrooms and a laundry room at the motel.

No hot water was available in four of the rooms; bed bugs were found in one room and evidence of mice in two rooms. Additionally, one air conditioning unit was being held in place by tape, two rooms had no batteries in smoke detectors and one of the inspected rooms had no smoke detector.

The health department gave Roadside Inn a 54 score out of 100.

If the items are not corrected by March 15, officials will seek an order to have the building demolished.

Jeff D’Alessio can be reached at 270-505-1757 or jdalessio@thenewsenterprise.com.

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