The state Department of Health has immediately suspended the the license of the Rodeway Inn in Centralia due to unsafe conditions. The motel is located at 702 W. Harrison Ave. The state believed the conditions posed a safety threat to the guests.
According to DOH investigators, the motel, formerly known as the Econo Lodge, violated safety codes. The motel must be vacated by midnight on Monday. The department is working with city officials to help occupants in need of housing. The motel cannot reopen until a hearing is held.
The motel failed to repair a fence that surrounds a swimming pool, allowing public access and possible public safety concerns. A week ago, a Lewis County Superior Court judge granted a temporary restraining order to force repairs to the fence. The repairs have still not been done.
The Centralia Chronicle reported that when the order issued was issued and a $4,000 fine also levied, a wooden fence lay on the ground next to the pool and yellow caution tape was strung up between fence posts. Owner Harwinder Singh Mattu declined to comment on the matter.
The owner has 10 days to request a prompt hearing and 28 days to contest the finding in the initial order.
The press release stated that motels offering three or more units to guests for less than 30 days must be licensed by the state’s Transient Accommodations Program.