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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Hotel case may be resolved with diversion

  • The case of a Leavenworth motel owner had been scheduled to go to trial this past week. But it looks like he may be able to enter into a diversion agreement to resolve complaints resulting through the city's hotel inspection program.
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  • The case of a Leavenworth motel owner had been scheduled to go to trial this past week. But it looks like he may be able to enter into a diversion agreement to resolve complaints resulting through the city's hotel inspection program.
    Mike Patel faces several municipal charges related to the Americas Best Value Inn he owns at 303 Montana Court. The motel formerly was a Super 8 establishment.
    The case had been scheduled to go to trial Thursday in Leavenworth Municipal Court, but the matter was continued to give Patel the opportunity to enter into a diversion agreement. City Attorney Tom Dawson said the diversion offer is contingent on the motel being in full compliance by Aug. 15.
    As part of the diversion, the defendant would acknowledge the allegations are true. If he follows the law for a period of one year, the charges would be dismissed, according to Dawson.
    Court records show that Patel has been charged with alleged violations related to things such as general cleanliness, a pest problem, exterior maintenance, swimming pool standards, smoke detectors and ice machine standards. There also is a charge related to a license requirement. The charges were filed in late May.
    "They were all minor," Patel said of the complaints about the motel.
    He said all of the issues are being taken care of.
    Patel said the major concern from city officials was mold. But he said the black substance thought to be mold came from the black insulation for heating and air-conditioning units and was not mold. He said the units have been steam cleaned.
    The city's hotel inspection and licensing program was established last year. And Dawson believes the city has not had another Municipal Court case of this type.
    The city attorney said Shawn Kell and Mark DeMaranville, members of the Leavenworth Fire Department who serve as inspectors, had been scheduled to testify during the trial. A state inspector also was going to be a witness.
    Dawson said Patel already has done a lot of work to bring the motel into compliance.
    "He seemed pretty cooperative really," Dawson said.
    The city attorney said the motel will be inspected again before Aug. 15 to make sure it is in compliance.

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