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Health officials: Progress made at National Hotel

Conditions at the more than 150-year-old National Hotel in downtown Nevada City have improved as its owner works with health officials to alleviate previous code violations.

The iconic hotel came under scrutiny late last year and through spring 2012 as a former employee brought health and safety complaints to owner Thomas Coleman, as well as area officials and The Union.

“He’s definitely making progress and working with us as fast as he can given his financial constraints,” said Wesley Nicks, director of the county environmental health department.

Among the issues raised were numerous health code violations, including rodent infestations and their feces throughout the entire building, according to health department inspection reports.

This led to the hotel’s restaurant nearly being shut down at the end of 2011.

“The rodent infestation is under control,” Nicks said.

Some of the additional hazards examined by officials included asbestos, mold, open sewage and structural degradation. The building’s roof was of particular concern due to leaks that caused the closure of rooms on the top floor.

The county’s health department has conducted routine monthly inspections to track Coleman’s progress.

While some issues are in the process of being brought up to code, most of the initial violations have been addressed or are scheduled to be addressed in the coming months, according to the most recent inspection report, conducted Monday.

“Overall his progress is keeping on track with our agreements, and he has resolved the immediate public health issues,” Nicks said.

Repairs to the roof are scheduled to be completed by the end of September, Monday’s inspection report indicates.

Coleman, who previously blamed former maintenance supervisor Matt Catani for reporting the hotel as retribution for being terminated, declined to comment for this story.

“I think he’s made quite a bit of progress from when we first came out there,” Nicks said.

To contact Staff Writer Christopher Rosacker, email crosacker@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4236


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