Canfield Twp. officials file suit to shut down motel

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Township officials say there are several fire code violations and other problems

CANFIELD TWP., Ohio (WKBN) – An effort is underway to shut down a motel in Canfield Township.

The Cardinal Joint Fire District filed court papers to shut down the Canfield Colonial Motel on US-224.

Township officials want the owners to fix it up or tear it down. They say there are several fire code violations and other problems.

Firefighters have been to the motel around three times since October to inspect it.

“We went yesterday and did a re-inspection,” said Department Chief Matt Rarick.

Last week, firefighters went to court suing to either have the motel cleaned up or shutdown. As of Monday, ten of the rooms there were still occupied.

“We have adults staying there. You have children staying there. Just overall when they sleep there at night that they know the place isn’t going to catch on fire,” said Rarick.

As part of the court filing are two separate inspection reports, each containing eight pages of violations, everything from missing and disabled smoke alarms to overloaded electrical outlets and structural problems.

Although the motel is licensed only for temporary guests, one woman’s been living here the last eight years.

However, a temporary injunction would ban anyone from staying there.

The State Fire Marshal also had complaints. Inspectors claim the principal owner Todd Cleavenger is actually in prison after being sentenced in August for kidnapping and assault.

Since then, little has been done for the motel.

“You know, a few things were corrected. A few smoke detectors put up, but basically the majority of the violations have not been corrected,” Rarick said.

The motel refused to answer any questions and hung up when we tried reaching out.

At this point, authorities hope the lawsuit will get everyone’s attention.

“At first, maybe they didn’t take us seriously, that it was just going to be a normal inspection, but I think the court order maybe put a little more urgency into getting those repairs made,” Rarick said.

Not hearing date has been set, but First News will let you know what the judge decides when that happens.

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