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State officials to recommend what's next for troubled Economy Inn

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Failed health inspections could lead to a suspended license for a troubled Louisville hotel. 

Owners of the Economy Inn met with health department officials Tuesday morning. Both sides made their cases to a hearing officer from the state, who will recommend how to move forward.

It's a meeting that stems from a late August health inspection. The Economy Inn scored a 48 out of 100, with violations including roaches, dirty sheets and gnats. 

Because of that, the health department gave the Bardstown Road hotel a notice to suspend its operations. 

"The Yaldo family has owned this hotel for 18 years," said Glenn Cohen, an attorney representing the owners. 

The owners say they're pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars into the business for renovations. They also brought their exterminator to the meeting, trying to show they're taking care of bugs. 

Their attorneys claim the Economy Inn is being targeted. 

"It's pretty clear what is happening here. That Steve Magre, and you heard it in the hearing, is using the health department as his tool to accomplish his political objectives," said attorney Aubrey Williams

Councilman Steve Magre has led the charge against the Economy Inn and publicly criticized the health department, but says he's never tried to influence anyone there. 

Patrick Carrico, president of the Bon Air Neighborhood Association, says it's frustrating to hear excuses from the owners and points to several years of failed inspections. 

"In 2016, what are we going to have?" Carrico asked Williams about the hotel's future health score. "On average, I'd say something in the 70 to 80 range."

The state will have five business days to issue its report on how to move forward. The city can follow the recommendation, or act on its own.

Carrico says he hopes officials take action. 

"Those last eight years of scores, if that's not reason enough to finally say, 'enough is enough' then I'm not sure what is," he said. "The residents, myself, I think are ready to see the place, to have their license suspended." 

The Economy Inn will be able to appeal the state's recommendation. 

We're told during a follow up inspection Monday, the hotel scored an 82. 

Inspectors say they found a live cockroach in one of the rooms. 

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