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UPDATE: Restaurant ordered to correct critical violation

Logan County District Board of Health members issued an order at their Wednesday afternoon meeting to the licensee of Dairy Queen of Russells Point, 432 E. Main St., to correct a critical violation of the Ohio Administrative Code.

Craig Kauffman, environmental health director, said there have been repeat violations found at the restaurant pertaining to the drain piping for the ice cream dipper well and the front ice machine being directly connected to the sanitary sewer.

The OAC and Ohio Plumbing Code require an air gap in these types of drains to prevent microbial contaminants from growing back into the food and food contact areas.

The first violation was documented in February 2012, and at the most recent inspection Feb. 27, the issue still had not been corrected properly.

Licensee Janet Johnson, RNJOK Properties LLC, of Huntington Beach, Calif., was ordered to immediately remove the drain connections and then to have the proper air gaps installed by a licensed plumbing inspector within 10 days.

Officials noted that failure to comply with the order could result in a food license suspension for the business.

In financial matters, the board also approved the Logan County Health District’s temporary budget for 2014, with revenues estimated at approximately $1.927 million and expenses at $2.339 million.

Health Commissioner Dr. Boyd Hoddinott noted that the revenues include $500,000 in inside millage from the county budget commission.

However, if the health district passes its 0.75-mill operating levy on the May 7 ballot, then inside millage funds will no longer be utilized and the budget would be revised, the health commissioner said.

The 10-year levy would generate about $750,000 per year and would cost the owner of a $100,000 property about $24 per year.

Levy funds would be utilized in a variety of ways, including hiring a part-time person to help with the upcoming accreditation requirement for health districts, to funding education initiatives, making nursing salaries more equitable, and pledging funds to abate blighted properties, officials said.

During the nursing report, Nursing Director Kay Schroer noted that the Logan County Getting Healthy One Step at a Time 5K Walk is slated for 9 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at Southview Park, hosted by the Logan County Health District and Heartland of Bellefontaine.

Carrie Yoder of the Mary Rutan Hospital cardiology unit provides a pre-walk warmup at 8:45 a.m.

Participation is free, and walkers in the Mardi Gras-themed event will receive a string of beads for every lap they complete.

The event also is a kickoff for Public Health and Immunization Week.

Officials note that some of the benefits of walking include: cutting the risk of heart problems by one-third and stroke by one-quarter, and reducing stress, anxiety and depression.

In organizational matters, members welcomed Robert Harrison of West Liberty as the new board member, replacing John Henschen. He was appointed to the position last month by the health district advisory council.

Mr. Harrison served for 15 years as the water and wastewater supervisor for the village of West Liberty, and is currently retired, but also does water and wastewater consulting.

Since Mr. Henschen served as board vice president, members named a new vice president, Robin Price.

In other matters, the board:

• issued an order to Calvin Groeschel, 11331 Pocahontas Path, Lakeview, the owner of a mobile home at 7471 Walnut St., Belle Center, with no exterior walls and also containing construction waste to remove the waste and debris within 30 days;

• approved annual evaluations for Cindy Mabrey, public health nurse, and Rebecca Simmons, home health nurse; and

• approved a fee increase to $35 to perform pediatric assessments for Logan County Children’s Services for children entering foster care.

The next meeting is 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 1.

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