State grants Value Motel’s extension request

By Marissa Harshman, Columbian Health Reporter



The Washington State Department of Health has granted the Value Motel owners’ request for more time to address the motel’s deficiencies.

The motel’s owners have until June 27 to correct the dozens of deficiencies health officials discovered during a safety survey March 30.

The state initially 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 week, the Value Motel ownership requested a 30-day extension to correct the problems.

During the March inspection, health officials discovered unsanitary bed linens, mattresses, carpets and walls. They also noted problems with the motel’s electrical disconnect switches and stairwell railings.

To order an immediate closure of the hotel, the Department of Health would have needed to determine there is a risk of immediate harm or danger to motel guests and the deficiencies could not be corrected in a short period of time, according to the health department.

The motel, 708 N.E. 78th St., has operated in Hazel Dell since 1963. The Value Motel is owned by Milton O. Brown and leased by Haresh Patel.