Friday, July 24, 2009

The Problem With Cheap Motels

While this one's not in Bell County, it could be in nearly any community. One of the problems faced by communities is how to deal with businesses that breed crime. Not uncommonly, these businesses are motels. Austin Police have been battling the owner of this motel for a couple of years now. Recently they took the owner to court.
An agreement approved by a federal judge this week between the City of Austin and the Budget Lodge in North Austin has nearby neighbors and police optimistic that the area will soon be safer.

Under the settlement, signed by U.S. District Court Judge Sam Sparks on Wednesday, the court could order the property closed and sealed shut for one year if the 20 stipulations of the agreement are "knowingly violated." In addition, Budget Lodge owner Larry Hall could face up to 30 days in jail and fines up to $10,000. Source: Austin American Statesman

I bet there is a nuisance business like this in your community. What is your agency doing to abate these problems?

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