Pervus Still In Contempt, Judge States

Pervu Still

In Contempt,

Judge States

Oneonta Hotel Owners Must

Meet Code Before Renting

The Pervus have still failed to bring the Oneonta Hotel up to code, a judge has ruled. ( photo)

ONEONTA – The state Supreme Court has held Melania and Nicolae Pervu, owners of the former Oneonta Hotel, in contempt of court, City Hall announced this afternoon.

The couple failed to comply with the prior court order to bring the residential apartments on the second through fifth floor at 95 Main St. up to the appropriate building and fire codes, Judge John Lambert decided in a ruling filed Tuesday.

The judge continued the order that the Pervus rent apartments to no tenants “…unless and until the City of Oneonta grants a Certificate of Compliance regarding code violations at the property.”

In addition, Lambert ordered the Pervus to reimburse the city for all attorney’s fees it has incurred in prosecuting the case and that a $25,000 bond be immediately posted as a fund for the city to apply against for the reimbursement of any other costs incurred contempt proceeding.

Mayor Gary Herzig welcomed the decision. “The city will continue to take whatever actions are necessary,” he said, “to protect the integrity of this important structure and the safety of all who come to our downtown to live, work, or visit.”

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