Connaught Motor Inn Business License Hearing Underway
Prince George, B.C.- RCMP Superintendent Warren Brown says the Connaught Motor Inn Ìs the most troublesome hotspot for crime among hotels or motels in the City of Prince George.
According to Brown, there have been more than 700 calls to that site over the last few years, but he says “It is our fishing hole” as police often attend to the site without being called and can usually find some sort of criminal activity underway at the site on 15th and Victoria. “From outside drug trafficking, high risk missing people, prostitution and violence” all activities Supt. Brown says his officers might find at the site.
Property owner Joe Carhoun tried to get Supt. Brown to buy into the idea that the Connaught is a victim of location, that it is just a collecting area for people who .have accessed alcohol or drugs elsewhere. Supt. Brown said no, “Your property is the hub of this activity.”
Carhoun says Police never contacted them directly to discuss the crime issues, “We had no idea until just lately” said Carhoun who said the manager calling police to deal with issues “was helping the police and the community.”
Supt. Brown told Carhoun he could note two specific suites where there was stolen property, violence, intravenous fdrug use “There were needles, the conditions were squalor, it is filth, and in my opinion the management is doing the tenants who are vulnerable people, a great disservice.”
Councilor Grath Frizzell says the stats indicate police are visiting the Connaught Motor Inn every 1.7 days. “In my estimation , the number of (police) calls to this location outweigh all the other hotels and motels combined” said Supt. Brown.
Council is being asked to make one of four decisions:
- Cancel the 3 month business license suspension that was to start on June 1st,
- maintain the suspension
- reduce or increase the suspension
- cancel the business license.
The City will call 6 witnesses, and the hearing is expected to last much of the day.