Homer and Cortlandville Moving to Enforce Code Violations at Local Motel
After the Cortland County Health Department refused to force the owners of a dilapidated motel to address health code violations, The Village of Homer and the Town of Cortlandville are moving forward with joint code inspections and are prepared to shut the buildings down.
Last month the Village of Homer sent a request to the County Legislature asking lawmakers to prompt the County Attorney's Office to intervene and bring legal action against the owners of the Budget Inn on Route 11 between Homer and Cortland.
The motel which now stands in a state of disrepair and is mostly vacant has numerous health and fire code violations. The motel is owned by Homer Avenue Inn LLC, the company lists a business address in Oceanside N.Y.
Attempts by the Village and Town Code Officers to bring the facility into compliance have been ignored. Because the property straddles the municipal boundary between the town and the village the owners have been able to skirt enforcement actions.
After the county received the request the Health Department held a hearing, but has been unwilling to take more direct action with respect to the code violations.
Now the town and village are preparing to conduct another inspection with an eye toward closing the motel down.
Town Attorney John Folmer says the code office has a detailed list of violations at the property including exposed electrical wires and other issues that could lead to a fire at the site.
Despite the substandard conditions the County Department of Social Services provides section 8 housing vouchers to the owners to allow individuals on public assistance to live in some of the rooms at the motel.
Homer Mayor Genevieve Suits says the owners have fought against addressing the violations, she wants to see the place shutdown before someone gets hurt.
Suits says the village will work alongside the town on May 19th to conduct another inspection, she fully expects the building will be condemned.
Over the past year the town, village and City of Cortland have put increased emphasis on trying to clean up the Route 11 corridor. The motel is considered one of the eyesores that needs to be addressed as part of that effort.
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