Nash County Commissioners made a special trip to the Gold Rock area on Monday afternoon, following their regularly scheduled board meeting.
Commissioners were driven to Gold Rock by Chief Deputy Brandon Medina, of the Nash County Sheriff's Office, and were later joined by Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone.
The Gold Rock area has been a topic of conversation among commissioners, who have expressed concern about the amount of crime and the appearance of the area.
Nash County Board Chairman Robbie Davis said at a January meeting that the Gold Rock area was an eyesore and work needed to be done. Davis suggested at that meeting that a committee be formed to come up with ideas to clean up the area.
Sheriff Stone also presented information at the January meeting about what his department was already doing to clean up the area.
Stone said the area was known for prostitution and drugs.
Stone said the Sheriff's Office was pursuing enforcement of nuisance abatement laws, which would essentially shut down problem businesses in the area.
Commissioners visited the lobby of one of those establishments on Monday.
Commissioners met with Gold Rock Inn owner Masood Khan and talked to him about briefly about the county's efforts to close the motel.
Khan said he didn't want his motel taken from him but he said he did want to get away from the establishment.
Khan said he'd prefer to sell it and start over. The business is currently for sale by Century 21.
"Let me make a clean break, that's all I'm asking," Khan told commissioners.
Khan disputed claims of drugs and prostitutes at the motel. He said 90 percent of the 9-1-1 calls are for guests who are in need of help from either law enforcement or emergency services. Only 10 percent of 9-1-1 calls are criminal-related but, Khan added, it wasn't his fault nor something he had anything to do with.
"There's no prostitutes running around here," he said. "This is a clean hotel."
"I'm not a criminal," Khan added. "I don't want to hurt anybody."
The Ashburn Inn is another motel Sheriff Stone is pursuing nuisance abatement on. Commissioners drove around the Ashburn Inn and six other motels in the area, as well as the Waffle House and ABC Store. The tour ended with a ride through the Whitakers Industrial Park.
Pictured (Above): Nash County Commissioners visited Gold Rock Monday to look at ways to clean up the area. Nash County Commissioner Robbie Davis (at right) speaks with Gold Rock Inn owner Masood Khan (at left) during the visit. (Graphic photo by Amanda Clark)