Codes violations at the Oneonta Hotel have the owners in contempt of court. The owners had until January 11th to bring the building up to code, but have failed to do so. A meeting between City and Hotel Attorney’s resulted in the City’s action to show cause and move forward with an eviction notice. It’s all backed by a Codes Department report and dozens of pictures to support their findings.
Mayor Gary Herzig, City of Oneonta says : "Nobody deserves to have to live in an environment that you’ve seen in those photographs. That is clearly not safe."
Around 15 residents still living in the Oneonta Hotel are likely going to be looking for a new place to live, but Ken Williams is a close friend of the Hotel Owners and tells us the Pervu’s aren’t giving up on the people who need the housing.
"Keep the Hotel open so that everybody that doesn’t have $3000 for rent has got a place to go inside where it’s dry. Because if it’s not for her taking care of the people that are downtrodden, don’t have anything, they got no place to go."
We asked the Mayor where will the people who get evicted go? "Well we would work closely with the County, with our Social Service organizations, not-for-profits in the area to make sure that everyone is placed in an environment that is safe and better than where they’re living in now. You know it’s nobody’s intent to put people out on the street. That will not happen."
The City’s position is to have the Oneonta Hotel vacated, but it’s still up to Judge John Lambert to sign off on an eviction. We don’t know when that will happen because as of January 24th, there still isn’t a court date set for when this case is to be resolved.