MOUNT VERNON — When the Mount Vernon Fire Department and the State Fire Marshal’s Office inspected the Curtis Inn, they compiled a list of 84 violations and ordered most of the facility closed down. The kitchen was also closed by the Knox County Health Department and the city ordered an elevated walkway over an alley to be repaired or removed by Nov. 16. The walkway was removed last week.
The city Law Director’s Office, on behalf of the fire department, has filed for an injunction to keep the closed portion of the facility closed until changes are made to meet the city codes.
A hearing was to have been held Thursday in Common Pleas Court, but the court has been unable to serve the papers for the injunction on the owners. Assistant Law Director Rob Broeren said the hearing will be rescheduled as soon as the papers are served.
Two of the owners are Amit Bansal and Sucha Singh, neither residents of Mount Vernon.
Mount Vernon Fire Chief Chris Menapace said they are not seeking to impose fines at this time; but to get the owners to bring the facility up to code.
However, he said he cannot speak for the State Fire Marshal’s Office, which can file its own court actions in the case.
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