BRANSON, Mo. — Several motels in Branson are facing closures due to code violations.
After the 76 Inn lost power over unpaid bills last month, Branson city officials say they’re cracking down on motel owners to make sure they stay up to code.
“This is all started with the 76 Inn project and really that kind of opened our eyes that some of these people are living in sub par conditions..and that’s not acceptable to us,” said Branson Communications Manager Melody Pettit, “Everyone deserves a clean and safe place to live.”
Pettit says the community response team that came together to help the residents of the 76 Inn will remain in place.
“It really worked well. It was very efficient and we felt good about helping the people that really needed help.”
However, Paul Tropp, who owns three lodging facilities in Branson, feels some of the city’s requirements on his properties are unreasonable.
“The first year..year and half perhaps I haven’t really received any. Then suddenly I got a flood of code violations.”
Tropp calls some of the issues he’s been fined on frivolous.
“Somebody leaves a bag of trash behind the door for five minutes, then they going to take it out to the dumpster. If the code enforcement officer happens to wander by, I get a ticket for violation. somebody leaves a vehicle in the parking lot ..the tags may expire. Most of these people are economically challenged. I get a ticket for vehicle that hs an expired tag. Tire goes flat, I get a ticket for inoperable vehicle.”
“We’ve kind of changed some things to make sure that the code enforcements ties into the business license, so that you have to have all your codes passed, in order to be reissued a business license,” said Pettit.
The city says they’ve given the 76 Inn another extension. They now have until April 30th to come up to code.