Golden Mast Inn owner refuses to install elevator
DOJ will resolve more than two-year dispute

By JEFF RUMAGE - GM Today Staff 

February 7, 2009


Weissgerber’s Golden Mast Inn owner Hans Weissgerber has been working with the state Department of Commerce to resolve building code violations since 2006, but when the Okauchee business owner refused to install an elevator for wheelchair access, the state agency referred the case to the state Department of Justice.


OKAUCHEE - Weissgerber’s Golden Mast Inn owner Hans Weissgerber, Jr. has been working with the state Department of Commerce to resolve building code violations for more than two years, but when the Okauchee business owner refused to install an elevator for wheelchair access, the state agency referred the case to the state Department of Justice.

Department of Commerce spokesman Tony Hozeny said the state agency has been working with the Okauchee business since 2006 to meet building codes. One of the requirements is an elevator, ramp or lift to provide interior access for all restaurant patrons.


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"We want to avoid anyone having to go outside, especially a disabled person," Hozeny said.

The Department of Commerce referred the case to the Department of Justice in November, saying Weissgerber has no intent to install the elevator.

"I think we’ve bent over backward and done everything we could do to accommodate Mr. Weissgerber," Hozeny said.

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This story appeared in The Freeman on February 7, 2009.