July 30, 2007
Augusta, GA---Mrs. Lee and her son have been at the Augusta Super Inn several months. She says things aren't perfect but, "Since Mr. Rajiv's been here its all been clearing up." It's a sentiment echoed by many of the Super Inn tenants. Property owner, Rajiv Bhardwaj, says since he bought the complex he has been working to get it up to health department standards.
Bhardwaj says things are changing for the better. He says, "You could see a lot of ladies and other unwanted people walking around which we don't see now and the customers living here feel comfortable." Some people are so comfortable that they have no intention of leaving anytime soon.
One resident says, "Anything I ask him to do or anything that's wrong out here he comes out here and fix it up." But the Richmond County Health Department put closed signs on several rooms citing loose wires, poor ventilation, insects and rodents. Michael Allison at the division of public health says, "We are very concerned about the health and welfare of the people of Richmond County and that's why we do enforce these rules and regulations."
Mrs. Lee says, "I think we are up to code, a lot of these rooms are up to code and they gone have to pull a lot of these tags down." And the tags are coming down. Inspectors began walkthroughs today. They plan to continue inspections throughout the week.