By: Terry Harris | Email: Click Here
Posted: October 26, 2018 | 3:45 p.m.
WAVERLY – According to Waverly Mayor Angela McPhaul, the Melody Inn is out of business for at least the foreseeable future. When contacted about the closure, McPhaul described the sequence of events leading up to the decision.
“When I first came into office it came to my attention that no taxes or business licenses had been paid since 2013. Then it really hit my radar when the chief of police was asked to perform a welfare check on a resident and we realized how bad the condition of the interior was. That’s when we started coordinating with the building inspector, social services, and the state health inspector to look into it. Waverly Building Inspector Lee Copeland, two social service workers, a Commonwealth of Virginia health dept representative, Chief Banks and three Waverly police officers served the property manager of the Melody Inn papers showing they had not paid taxes since 2013 and had not held a business license for the past five years. The building inspector, social service workers and state health dept representative entered each of the 12 rooms and made reports about the condition of the rooms and overall condition of the building.”
“And of course one of the main goals during my tenure is to clean up the town so it’s a place where people want to be – living or visiting. It sits on the corner of Routes 460 and 40, and now that we’ve got improvements going on throughout the town, like the recently reopened Colonial Tavern next door, a neighbor like the Melody Inn might inhibit folks from stopping in Waverly.”
At this time, an appeal to the closing of the hotel has been filed by Waverly Attorney Henry Thompson. According to Mayor McPhaul, the appeal will not be considered until all past fees are paid in full. She added that there are multiple steps that need to fulfilled if the owner of the Melody Inn wants to reopen the motel.
“First of all taxes and business license fees must be paid,” McPhaul said.”Then a permit would need to be secured to fix all items in the hotel that are out of compliance, which include but are not limited to asbestos and mold retention, installation of smoke detectors, and multiple electrical issues.”