MILLBURY — Selectmen learned during a public hearing Tuesday night that the Belfont Hotel at 11 South Main St., is operating without liability insurance, raising concerns of possible legal ramifications for the owner and the town.

In a joint decision, selectmen and Belfont Hotel owner Winnie T. Eilert agreed to shut down the business for a minimum of two weeks until the next selectmen’s meeting, Oct. 8. If all of the issues are rectified, the business will be allowed to reopen. Eilert said the hotel’s liability insurance had lapsed as far back as June and that, while she’s been in contact with her insurance company, it still hasn’t been reissued.

Chairman Jon Adams said he was concerned and told Eilert, “You’ve been operating an illegal business. We don’t want to shut down any business. We want to attract business to the town, but you have to understand the gravity here.”

His comments were echoed by Selectman Chris Naff, who told Eilert, “The culture of this town supports small business and we want you to stay, but we’re not seeing that from you.”

Eilert applied to transfer the license to operate the hotel into her name after her mother, who had owned it, died, but the paperwork hadn’t been completed. Eilert said she has been dealing with health issues for the past year. She has been in contact with Town Clerk Jayne Davolio, but hasn’t satisfactorily completed all of the paperwork needed to transfer the license, selectmen said.

Eilert was accompanied by her attorney, Merrill Atkins. Atkins said a letter that he received from the town incorrectly stated that a meeting with selectmen was scheduled for Sept. 27 and that he wasn’t properly prepared because he had just found out about Tuesday night’s meeting that afternoon.

During the public hearing, selectmen also learned that the building inspector had found several violations at the business and that as of Tuesday, 70% had been rectified. None, however, was a public safety issue, selectmen said. There are also personal property taxes totaling $3,000 owed on the business.

The Belfont Hotel used to be a hotel and is now a bar that serves food. There also are small apartments for rent in the building.

Eilert and selectmen determined the business will be closed immediately and stay closed for at least two weeks. If Eilert obtains a certificate of liability insurance by the Oct. 8 meeting meeting, pays the back taxes and rectifies violations in the hotel, selectmen said they will reopen the public hearing to transfer the license, allowing her to reopen the business.