KEITH WHITCOMB JR.
BENNINGTON -- A local motel that was alleged to have 97 building code violations in December has fixed virtually all of them, according to the town building inspector.
The Kirkside Motel on Main Street only has four minor issues left to clear up by June 1, said Building and Health Inspector Kevin Goodhue.
He did a "fire and life safety inspection" on Thursday and found the motel was largely in compliance with fire and safety codes.
"They've done very well," said Goodhue.
The motel was inspected by Goodhue in June 2011 and in December of last year the town filed an injunction against the Kirkside Motel in Bennington Superior Court Civil Division alleging the 97 violations. Goodhue said the matter was never brought before a court and an agreement was worked out between the town and the motel's owner, Patricia Soto.
Of the 97 violations the most common and more serious involved egress windows not being properly sized, improperly grounded electrical outlets, and lack of hard-wired smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Goodhue said the outstanding matters are that a soda machine is blocking the place the fire department would access the building's sprinkler system, one broken egress window, and the sprinkler system needs inspection by a third party as do the fire extinguishers.
According to the complaint filed with the court, Goodhue sent a letter to Soto in June 2011 to informer her of his findings regarding the inspection. He sent a second letter the following July and in August sent a notice of violation after not receiving responses on the first two letters.