Proposal targeting 'unsavory' motels heads to the mayor's desk for signature

Would punish businesses with too many police runs

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis City-County Council approved a proposal aimed at “unsavory businesses" Monday evening. 

City-County Councilor Jared Evans submitted Proposal 4 in an effort to fight back against motels and other businesses that have become havens for drug dealers, prostitution and other crimes. 

“After I was elected in 2015, this was one of the most commented issues in our district,” said Evans. “These motels are issued licenses from the Department of Business and Neighborhood Services and if passed, this proposal will require a review of their police runs to rooms ratio.”

The initial proposal suggested a ratio of 1.2, but it has been increased to 2.5.

For example, a motel with 100 rooms would be at risk of losing their licenses and operation if they exceed 270 police runs in a year.

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“This ordinance is designed to work with motels that work with us to address the dangers of their operations, such as implementing off-duty police officers, no trespassing list, brighter lighting and much more," Evans said. 

The proposal now heads to he mayor's desk for a signature. 

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