The board of trustees has moved to revoke the business license of the owner of a motel that was raided last month.
The village wants to strip Popatlal “Pete” Patel of his license to operate the Rodeway Inn, 8950 Tucker Blvd., where police said they uncovered illegal activity involving prostitution.
Patel was charged in a criminal complaint filed by State’s Attorney’s Brendan Kelly with one count of indecent solicitation of a child, one count of money laundering, two counts of promoting prostitution and one count of maintaining a public nuisance.
Kelly petitioned the courts to shut the Rodeway Inn down.
At a previous board meeting, the board voted 3-2 to not close the business. The trustees said they didn’t have enough information and did not want to interfere with the work of the police investigators and Kelly’s office.
But, armed with the information they said they needed to make a decision to move forward with revoking the business’s license, the board last Wednesday unanimously voted to do just that.
Patel has 30 days to appeal.
Trustee G.W. Scott said, “I voted no at first because I did not have the proper information. We knew what was going on, but we had to go out and get our own information. We got a hold of (the state’s attorney) Kelly and found out what was going on,” Scott said.
I do not want that kind of stuff going on in Caseyville. It was suppose to be a family hotel. Evidently it was not. That’s why inspections are very important. We need to go through there and make sure everything is being done right.
Caseyville Trustee G.W. Scott
Scott said at the last meeting, everybody walked in and found on the agenda an item that called for a vote on revoking the business license at Rodeway, There’s a procedure on how to handle it and that’s the process you should follow or you would be in conflict of your own ordinance,” Scott said.
Asked for his reaction to what police said what happening at the motel, Scott said, “I am not happy. I do not want that kind of stuff going on in Caseyville. It was suppose to be a family hotel. Evidently it was not,” he said. “That’s why inspections are very important. We need to go through there and make sure everything is being done right.”
Caseyville Mayor Leonard Black said, “Let it be known that I am for any business coming to our great village of Caseyville as long as these businesses conduct themselves in a legal and professional way to reflect our great community and our values. But, I as mayor and just as much as a resident of Caseyville, will not tolerate any business or activity in our community that doesn’t reflect the proud values of all of the citizens of Caseyville.”
Trustee Brenda Williams, like Scott, previously voted against shutting the business down, but she, too, changed her vote.
“We finally got clarity from the state’s attorney. We did not want to interfere in his case,” Williams said.
Williams said the board plans to make the village ordinance stronger in case a situation like this happens again.
Patel’s license is set to expire July 15.
Carolyn P. Smith: 618-239-2503