Barnstable Board of Health Reinstates License for Troubled Motel

HYANNIS – The operating license for the Knights Inn in Centerville was reinstated by the Barnstable Board of Health on Tuesday just in time for the beginning of the summer tourist season.

The license for the Shootflying Hill Road motel, also known as the Craigville Motel, was revoked for 60 days for several health and safety violations, including failure to properly identify guests of people staying at the motel, an incomplete guest register, septic problems, unreported emergency responses and suspected drug use and prostitution.

Attorney Anthony Alva, who was representing motel owner Dilip Patel, informed the board of health that fire department completed an inspection early in April.

“They notified my client that everything has been done. The detectors are okay and they are in compliance with the code,” Alva said.

A walk-through inspection by the health department and building department was held last week.

A number of septic systems at the motel needed to be upgraded and despite the health department giving the owner two years, the work has been completed.

“My client knew he didn’t have to do it but he did it anyway at considerable expense in excess of $25,000,” Alva said.

Alva said there were no issues with the board of health during the inspection.

“Everything, as far as I know and as far as we have been given notice of, has been completed,” Alva said.

Alva said management will continue to do everything it can to cooperate with town departments and state regulations.

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