Value Motel owners ask for more time to clean up

State officials have not yet decided on the request

By Marissa Harshman, Columbian health reporter

Published:

Updated: May 24, 2011, 6:13 PM

 
Value Motel

Update

Previously: The Washington State Department of Health conducted a safety survey of the Value Motel on March 30. The state gave hotel ownership until Wednesday to correct the dozens of deficiencies identified in the report.

What's new: Value Motel owners have asked the state for a 30-day extension. State officials have not yet decided whether to approve or reject the request.

What's next: If the extension is approved, owners will have 30 days to address the efficiencies. If the extension is rejected, the state will impose sanctions.

Owners of the Value Motel have asked the state for an additional 30 days to address the dozens of deficiencies identified by health officials last month.

Officials with the Washington State Department of Health conducted a safety survey of the Hazel Dell motel after receiving two complaints — one anonymous, the other from Clark County Environmental Public Health.

State health officials — joined by representatives from the local health department, fire department, building code enforcement office and police department — conducted the safety survey of the motel on March 30 and later produced a 17-page report outlining dozens of deficiencies at the motel.

The state gave the Value Motel ownership until Wednesday to correct the identified deficiencies or face sanctions, including civil fines or revocation of the operating license.

Last Thursday, the state health department received the request for a 30-day extension, said Sharon Moysiuk, a spokeswoman for the department. State officials have not yet decided whether to approve or reject the extension, she said.

The safety survey included the inspection of the main laundry room, pool, hot tub, electrical panels, common areas, stairwells, hallways, water heaters, the exterior of the building and 23 unoccupied rooms.

Officials reported finding grimy, oily and unsanitary bedspreads; mattresses and bedsheets stained with urine, feces and blood; and walls discolored by grimy smears, food splash and “other organic debris.”

In addition, officials found accumulations of rat or mice feces indicating an infestation. Stairwells were littered with trash, food debris and hypodermic needles, according to the report.

The motel, 708 N.E. 78th St., has operated in Hazel Dell since 1963.

Marissa Harshman: 360-735-4546; marissa.harshman@columbian.com; or http://twitter.com/col_health.