BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Tuesday evening, Boardman Township trustees unanimously voted to reject an appeal from the owners of the Wagon Wheel Motel to allow the motel to stay open and prevent it from being demolished.
The Wagon Wheel was closed last Friday by a court order after the owner failed to make repairs acceptable to the Boardman Fire Department.
Tuesday’s hearing centered on a decision earlier this month by Boardman trustees to close the Wagon Wheel within 30 days and have it torn down.
The motel’s manager, Ken Patel, testified that he plans to make permanent repairs to the building but had no documentation showing any timetable that would be followed.
Patel was questioned by Wagon Wheel lawyer Tom Nader.
“Regarding the repairs to the Wagon Wheel, now that the claim has been allowed, is it the Wagon Wheel’s intention, or Chirag Enterprise’s intention, to repair the building?” Nader asked.
“Yes,” Patel answered.
“Including the roof areas?”
Boardman Fire Chief Mark Pitzer testified that he felt the Wagon Wheel was a hazard to people staying there and to his firefighters should they have to fight a fire there.
The motel will be inspected again on June 5, the day before another hearing in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.