Outstanding Fees and Violations Stall Issuance of Liquor License to Anthony’s Cummaquid Inn

YARMOUTH –Yarmouth Selectmen are waiting until February to decide whether or not to issue a liquor license to Anthony’s Cummaquid Inn.

According to inspectors, the building has fallen into disrepair and the owners have outstanding real estate taxes and building violations.

The last time the building was in operation was December 31, 2015.

Selectmen received a letter from an attorney representing the business, asking to move the hearing due to exceptional and personal circumstances.

Yarmouth Building Commissioner Mark Grylls discussed the building violations that the business was issued with selectmen at their meeting last week.

Grylls said that at the first inspection he conducted in December 2012, he saw decking in the outdoor seating area was rotting and there were major infrastructure problems.

“Large areas of the ceiling were in disrepair, missing on all three levels of the building,” said Grylls. “Ceiling tiles and plaster had been damaged by water intrusion or they were removed for repairs were never repaired or replaced.”

The floor tiles in the kitchen were lifting, creating a tripping hazard for employees, the sprinkler system needed repairs and two abandoned locker rooms in the basement were determined to be the cause of strong odors from the septic system.

After the inspection, Grylls said that he met with the General Manager Michael Watson, a health inspector, a member of the Yarmouth Fire Department and Health Director Bruce Murphy to discuss how to resolve the issues and a timeline of work that needed to be completed.

Grylls noticed little change to the building during a second inspection in December 2013 and a letter listing the violations was sent to Anthony’s Cummaquid Inn the next month.

“The building was visited several times over the course of the summer by the Yarmouth Fire Department and myself, in an attempt to apply pressure for compliance,” said Grylls.

An inspection in the fall showed Grylls that most of the list from 2012 remained, and now included a large hole in the exterior wall of the basement which allowed for soil, rainwater, animals and people to gain access.

Watson agreed to continue work on the list and Grylls admitted that he made attempts at completing some of the work.

In December 2015, there were several meeting between the business, a member of the fire department, Grylls and a contractor to review the onsite violations and answer questions.

A permit to demolish the affected areas of water damage was issued on January 5, 2016 and a permit for repairs was issued to the contractors on April 7.

Grylls said that he called the contractor last week to get an update on the progress of the building, as they were unable to gain access after several visits to the site.

The contractor indicated to Grylls that payments are due for the project before any further progress will be made.

Selectmen agreed to hold the license until the issues are addressed and decided to continue the hearing on February 7.

By JUSTIN SAUNDERS, CapeCod.com Newscenter

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