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Russells Point Dairy Queen reopens after correcting violation

Officials with the Logan County Health District reported this morning that Dairy Queen of Russells Point, 432 E. Main St., reopened last week after correcting a critical health code violation.

“They’re up and running again and we’re happy about that,” said Tim Smith, Logan County Health District sanitarian. “We appreciate their assistance in contracting with a professional to complete the work.”

Wednesday, Logan County Health Commissioner Dr. Boyd Hoddinott signed papers to order the closure of the restaurant on a violation relating to drain piping for the ice cream dipper well and the front ice machine being directly connected to the sanitary sewer.

The Ohio Administrative Code 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.

After the order was issued, Dairy Queen food license holder Janet Johnson, RNJOK Properties LLC, of Huntington Beach, Calif., reportedly obtained a plumbing permit and hired a state-licensed plumber to install the air gap, Mr. Smith said.

Late Thursday, LCHD plumbing inspector John Clary performed an inspection at the restaurant and approved the drain work. The business then was approved to re-open.

“The owners got all of the work done and turned around in just one day,” Mr. Smith said.

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