LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The owners of the Economy Inn have requested a hearing from the state, according to Louisville Metro Health and Wellness officials.

It comes after the department issued a notice of intent to suspend the motel’s operations in late August. The Economy Inn scored 48 out of 100 during a surprise inspection. Violations included roaches, dirty sheets and gnats.

In April, the motel got a perfect score during an inspection. At the time, Tony Yaldo, whose family owns the Economy Inn, proclaimed they were investing $700,000 to bring it up to code and make other improvements.

“That’s a joke to me,” said a woman who lives behind the Economy Inn. “Because if you really want to do something, get rid of the bad.”

According to Louisville public health officials, inspectors will present findings to the owners during the meeting with the state. Within five days, a state officer will issue a report. The city will either follow the recommendations or take action of its own. The owners then have ten days to appeal to the state if they’re unhappy with the decision. The Economy Inn can stay open during the appeal process.

The state has not yet set a date for the hearing.

Yaldo could not be reached for comment.

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