Holiday Lodge mellows out
James Ralph, owner of the Holiday Lodge in Grass Valley, says business is more or less back to normal since a large-scale drug bust netted the motel headlines back in May. Ralph lives and works in Tennessee, but has been spending more time here since 15 people were arrested at his hotel May 30.
“I’m staying for a while just to watch things,” Ralph said. “As far as I can tell, business is about the same as last year. I expect over time there will be no effect on the bottom line.”
Dawn Olson, a hotel employee and one of the 15 individuals arrested on May 30, has been let go. The owner feels that has made a positive impact on the situation.
“She’s been gone for some time, and I hope she never comes back on the property because she absolutely attracted and sheltered all the troublemakers,” Ralph said.
“Things are smooth, the troublemakers have been gone for some time,” Ralph said. “Once in a while you see one drive through the parking lot, but that’s all.”
Officers with the Grass Valley Police Department say that it seems like there’s been a reduction in the number of calls for service associated with the Holiday Lodge, but it may be too soon to tell.
“It may be too early to compare the exact number of calls for service since the last large enforcement activity,” said Lt. Alex Gammelgard.
“But since that time we’ve reached out to the property owner and his new manager to work them through the different issues, whether it’s code enforcement, fire, or law enforcement related in an effort to reduce calls for service and ensure public health at that location,” Gammelgard said.
After the May 30 enforcement action in which Olson and 14 others were arrested, the city also brought in inspectors from the fire and planning departments. They found roof damage, dry rot, water damage, holes in the dry wall and minor electrical issues.
They also found problems that required repair to a stairway and multiple air conditioning units.
Tom Last, Grass Valley’s director of community development, said that Ralph is making progress toward remedying those problems.
“They’ve met the intent of the agreement that the city signed in terms of working toward getting these items resolved, and he’s complying with that,” Last said.
“They’ve taken care of most of the items,” he added. “They have a couple more to fix, but they’re moving forward on it.”
To contact Staff Writer Dave Brooksher, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-477-4230.
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