Nuisance motels in Indianapolis put on notice during sweep

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (September 17, 2015) - The Indianapolis Department of Code Enforcement and other city departments conducted an inspection at eight establishments around the city.

“It can be pretty surprising and sometimes it can catch you off guard when you go into certain hotels and motels,” said Dimitri Kyser with Indianapolis Code Enforcement.

Roaches, bed bugs, mold and broken smoke detectors are common concerns during a code enforcement sweep.

That’s why The Indianapolis Department of Code Enforcement, along with IMPD, the city’s fire department, the State Fire Marshall’s Office and Marion County Public Health Department officials were out in force telling specific motels to clean up their act.

“The coordinated sweeps are very beneficial to public safety,” said Deputy Fire Marshall Anthony Conner of the Indianapolis Fire Department.

A couple of times a year, sweeps like this are conducted.

At the Knights Inn East on 21st street, several problems were visible, including a maintenance man using a propane tank to treat a room for bed bugs.

“We had him remove that immediately. Indiana does not allow propane at commercial properties, so that was remedied on the spot and he was informed in the future to hire a pest control company to do it the right way,” said Conner.

At the Indy Hotel on 38th Street, roaches inside a picture frame were found in the lower hallway of the building. One resident says that’s not surprising.

“The only issue I have is the occasional roach, but it’s a motel, so you have to deal with something like that, said resident Joshua Summers.

Dimitri Kyser said “We’re here to work with them, so that they can come into compliance so that they can provide a service to the best of their abilities.”

All and all the team calls it a successful operation and Deputy Fire Marshall Conner says people are safer today because of the efforts of this sweep.