Posted 9/29/15 (Tue)
By Kevin Killough
Ray’s motel still isn’t moving and patience is wearing thinner as the months go by.
At a special session earlier this month, the Ray Commission discussed the lack of progress being made on the facility.
They decided to send a letter to invite representatives from the company building the hotel in hopes they will come to update Ray on when the project is expected to be finished.
“There’s no construction going on there that we’ve seen,” said Commissioner Richard Liesener, speaking last week.
About a year ago, construction began on the Sky Watch Inn. The project was billed as a 100-room hotel with a fully serviced restaurant and parking underneath.
It was originally estimated to be complete by spring of 2015. To accommodate the construction one road was partially closed and another was closed off completely. To date, the closed road remains inaccessible.
“I’d like to get those roads open there again,” Liesener said.
The lack of progress towards completion became noticeable earlier this year. After digging a hole for the parking structure and putting up some supports, nothing much else had happened.
At the time co-owner of the motel, Randy Semingson, said the project completion date had moved to summer 2015. He attributed the delays to weather.
In addition to the letter, the commission asked the city attorney to look into the matter to see what options the city has. Ray currently has no ordinances that would require any completion date, and it was uncertain if the county would have the option to pull the building permit in such a case.
As of press time, City Auditor Kim Steffan was uncertain if the letter was sent. The project owners will be asked in the letter to communicate the project status to the city attorney.
The commission is expected to receive a legal update on the issue at the next regular commission meeting on Oct. 13. Semingson could not be reached for comment by press time.