Meanwhile, a top Calhoun official said he was looking into whether Wednesday’s settlement will have any impact on what remains of the motel on Red Bud Road near Interstate 75.
Calhoun officials say the gutted building is now a nuisance and a safety concern. They have been considering fencing it off and tearing it down at taxpayer expense, estimating the total cost could exceed $100,000. At the same time, about $41,500 combined in unpaid Gordon County and Calhoun real estate taxes, penalties and interest going back to 2009 are due on the property, public records show.
Rogers and Graves have said they are no longer associated with the motel. They said they entered a contract in 2009 to transfer its ownership and the company that took out the bank loan to buy and renovate it – Tich Hospitality – to a man named John Edens. The inn lost power in February after Edens fell behind in paying about $11,000 to North Georgia EMC for his utility bills, a Calhoun official said. Edens ultimately closed the motel and moved on.