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Louisville Metro Council considers public nuisance ordinance change to help clean up Economy Inn

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- At a meeting Wednesday, Louisville Metro Council's public safety committee addressed changes to a public nuisance ordinance that is already on the books. The changes are being considered as part of an effort to clean things up around the Economy Inn on Bardstown Road. 

"I've got people hurting in my district if we don't get this law passed," Councilman Steve Magre (D-District 10). "I'm going to tell you that right now."

Magre is leading the charge to change or strengthen the public nuisance ordinance that is already on the books. He believes it will help fight crime at the Economy Inn on Bardstown Road.

The hotel has had ongoing problems with drugs, prostitution and multiple shootings. Councilman Magre wants to amend the ordinance to hold hotel owners responsible for what happens within the rooms...even if they claim to "know nothing."

"A man died there, in 2013 there was another heroin overdose, this gentleman on June 27 was shot nine times," Magre said. "We need an ordinance that stops that protection of if you know nothing or you know something, you're responsible."

Meanwhile, several people testified before council's public safety committee, including a neighbor who wants to see the motel shut down.

"One of my children was literally in her school uniform when I had a man leave the Economy Inn parking lot, come to her and approach her on the way home from school and say he had a way for her to make money," neighbor Teresa Underwood said.

We talked to management at the Economy Inn but they declined to an on camera interview.

Magre says based on the testimony of a former hotel employee, management is very aware of the criminal activity taking place there.

Meanwhile, the public safety committee could vote on the issue at its next meeting in a few weeks.

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