Pests, trash and mold found in ho­tel

Health and fire de­part­ments launch con­tin­u­ing in­spec­tions af­ter pa­tron com­plaints at Cov­ing­ton Lodge

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Pests, dirty mat­tresses and no hot wa­ter were just a hand­ful of com­plaints from guests of Cov­ing­ton Lodge, an ex­tended stay ho­tel lo­cated at 9161 City Pond Rd in Cov­ing­ton.

Documents from fire and health in­spec­tion re­ports con­firmed pa­tron com­plaints and re­vealed mul­ti­ple health and safety vi­o­la­tions. Find­ings in­cluded trash stored in and around the property, pest is­sues and un­clean mat­tresses and laun­dry, among oth­ers.

Ac­cord­ing to Fire Mar­shall Tony Smith of the Cov­ing­ton Fire Depart­ment, two sep­a­rate com­plaints were lodged against the ho­tel to au­thor­i­ties.

“These were not yearly in­spec­tions,” Smith said of the last two vis­its.

Ac­cord­ing to Smith, life safety was the first com­plaint two weeks ago. The health depart­ment then con­ducted its first visit.

Smith said he was not called in to in­ter­vene un­til the sec­ond com­plaint was filed due to safety haz­ards, build­ing fea­tures and in­sects.

Ac­cord­ing to the June 3 fire in­spec­tion find­ings, sev­eral rooms con­tained black mold, half of the rooms had pest con­trol is­sues, and trash and de­bris was stored in va­cant rooms.

New­ton County health depart­ment in­spec­tion records showed two of the vi­o­la­tions from within the last year.

Ac­cord­ing to a Dec. 23, 2013 rou­tine health in­spec­tion re­port, toi­let fa­cil­i­ties were not well ven­ti­lated and lighted and fur­nish­ings were not in good re­pair. One of the com­ments in the re­port said “en­sure house­clean­ers are check­ing ap­pli­ances.”

Ac­cord­ing to a March 27, 2014 health re­port in re­sponse to a com­plaint, hot and cold run­ning wa­ter un­der pres­sure was not pro­vided in all lo­ca­tions in the ho­tel, toi­lets were not ac­ces­si­ble to all pa­trons and the premises were not free of pests and ro­dents.

Owner Bushan Khana — who Smith said is very rarely on the property — could not be reached by press time to com­ment.

Smith said the ho­tel has an additional 1-2 weeks be­fore re-in­spec­tion from the date of June 3, 2014.

Sub­mit­ted photo /The Cov­ing­ton News

Sub­mit­ted pho­tos/ The Cov­ing­ton News

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