Councilman Steve Magre (D-10) has issued the following statement upon learning that the Department of Public Health and Wellness has issued a notice of intent to suspend the Economy Inn’s operations:
This action really comes as no surprise for those of us who have continued to hear about the problems in the operation of the Economy Inn. I am glad the Department is taking this process seriously in enforcing the same rules and regulations as other businesses in Metro Louisville. It would appear they now understand what needs to take place.
I have often been asked if I am trying to close down the Economy Inn and I have said many times, I am just bringing the concerns of the people who live around the Economy Inn to light.
If the owners of the Economy Inn truly are serious about being a good neighbor and want to provide a safe place to be like any good hotel, they will clean up their own act. If not, it will be the Economy Inn that will eventually be responsible for its closing because of their refusal to address these many concerns.
There are still too many police runs to this facility.
We will soon be moving forward, with the help of the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office on amending the Metro Code of Ordinances dealing deal with public nuisances in an attempt to address many of the problems of the Economy Inn and other facilities like it. I expect to be ready to move on that sometime around the first of September.
In the meantime, I hope the Department will continue to pursue what needs to be done to correct the situation with the Economy Inn.
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