DERBY – A popular area bar is closing its doors this weekend following one last “good-bye bash.”
Serena Morgan, who owns Hellbilly’s Hideaway at the Border Motel with her brother Ira Morgan, said they don't want to close the bar but they have no choice.
“The owner of the motel refuses to pay its water tax,” Morgan said Tuesday morning.
This Saturday and Sunday are the last days the business will be open. Hellbilly Hideway’s Facebook page said Derby is turning the water on for the last days. The last hurrah will include drink specials and a DJ as a way to for the Morgans to say goodbye to their loyal patrons over the past three years. “Tomorrow (Wednesday) is our three year anniversary.”
Village Clerk, Treasurer and Tax Collector Betsy Bumps said the owner owes about $7,500 in water taxes, which includes the bar and motel.
Morgan said that last week the power company turned off the lights because the owner didn’t pay the electric bill. Morgan put the power in her name.
“It’s one thing after another,” said Morgan. “We can’t keep taking over the motel’s bills.”
The Morgans are not to the point where they are thinking about opening the bar elsewhere. “We got shut down on Tuesday,” said Morgan, referring to May 15. “We’re not at the point to think about that yet. We’re still trying to get things here all buttoned up.”
The closing comes as the Town of Derby prepares to sell the property for nonpayment of 2010 and 2011 property taxes.The amount due, before fees and interest, is $26,830.39. No date for the sale has been set, but it will be sometime after June 1.
The motel is reportedly owned by Christine Barch of Granby, MA. According to the Derby Land Records, Barch, as agent for the Border Motel, Inc., took out a $300,000 mortgage from Sara Carpenter and Rebecca Carpenter, Trustees of the Carpenter Trust in Boston, MA, in June of 2010.