Huron Co. Health Dept. cracks down on health violators

Huron County Health Department officials say they are ready to begin taking away licenses from businesses that repeatedly fail sanitation inspections.
Tom Jackson
Nov 6, 2011

Huron County Health Department officials say they are ready to begin taking away licenses from businesses that repeatedly fail sanitation inspections.

The new, tougher approach is driven by local businesses who are tired of paying higher fees to cover the costs of inspecting a few bad actors again and again.

Like Ohio's other 87 county health departments, Huron County's sanitarians make unannounced visits to campgrounds, restaurants, mobile home parks, swimming pools, bathing areas and tattoo parlors to check for health and safety violations.

Most of the businesses work with the sanitarians, said Eric Cherry, director of Environmental Health. They might find a couple of violations and carry out a brief follow-up inspection. Cherry, the supervisor for the sanitarians, seldom has to become involved.

Dealing with repeat violators, however, can take up Cherry's time and can even tie up Cherry's boss, Huron County health commissioner Tim Hollinger. In some cases, violators are brought in to the health department for a discussion with Hollinger and Cherry.

"If they've done the exact same thing three times in a row, we bring them in here," Hollinger said.

Hollinger said his department does not have a list of the businesses that have had three violations in succession for the same offense. He knows who they are, he said, but doesn't feel comfortable naming them.

By law, Huron County sets its license fees by calculating its costs. When the sanitarians have to make repeat visits, and when Cherry and Hollinger have to get involved, that goes on the clock and raises the cost of the inspection program for all of the businesses being inspected, including the ones that cause health officials little trouble.

 

Comments

Anonymous

Here's another fine mess ,lead Erie County Commissioner Tom Ferrell has Gotten us into. The unemployment rate in Erie County jumped to 8 percent in Sepember according to new statistics issued this week by the State Department of Job and Famiiy Services. Tom look what's happened under your leadership (Watch) the last 2 years,your failures are all too common in the real world.

Anonymous

The only jobs that Erie County Commissioner Ferrell has brought to Erie County, are thelow paying tourist type of jobs that are created for foreigners from overseas. Seasonal jobs with low pay,that you can't raise a family on.

Anonymous

Ferrell's Big top tent dog & pony circus show has ran it's course. Same Ole Same Ole Tommy Ferrell's Politicking Propaganda.In a free society,we have to make sure we see the whole panorama of the human behavior behind the scene.(Yesterday's Man) a politician,whose career is finished or past it's peak in the political arena.

Anonymous

Here's another fine mess ,lead Erie County Commissioner Tom Ferrell has Gotten us into. The unemployment rate in Erie County jumped to 8 percent in Sepember according to new statistics issued this week by the State Department of Job and Famiiy Services. Tom look what's happened under your leadership (Watch) the last 2 years,your failures are all too common in the real world.

Anonymous

The only jobs that Erie County Commissioner Ferrell has brought to Erie County, are thelow paying tourist type of jobs that are created for foreigners from overseas. Seasonal jobs with low pay,that you can't raise a family on.

Anonymous

Ferrell's Big top tent dog & pony circus show has ran it's course. Same Ole Same Ole Tommy Ferrell's Politicking Propaganda.In a free society,we have to make sure we see the whole panorama of the human behavior behind the scene.(Yesterday's Man) a politician,whose career is finished or past it's peak in the political arena.

starryeyes83

 Good, They can start with  the nasty dirty  Chinese place over in Bellevue, everybody knows they've been dumping their grease into  to  drain systems out back for years. .    That place needs  to be closed asap.

6079 Smith W

Jeezus! Isn't the unemployment rate in HC bad enough and now the political ruling class bureaucrats want to shut down businesses?

IMO, start with a program of progressively raised fines before going nuclear.

 

Cowboy

Good! It's about time the Health Department grew some ba11s.  I agree 100%!  Repeat offenders are going to end up killing someone with food poisoning.  I'd rather see the unemployment rate go up than see someone die!   SHUT IT DOWN CHEF RAMSEY!!!

swiss family

I wonder how Huron County Health Dept.. picks and chooses who to inspect and who to stay totally away from...I know in Norwalk...............  the Domino's pizza store is owned by a former city council  representative.. and surprisingly you rarely see a health inspection report on them??? why is it that every other  facility in Norwalk that sells any food, but especially  ready made food gets inspected, several times a year.. but if the domino's gets inspected, it might happen every couple of years at best...now this same man opened a health and fitness  club.. do they serve any food there.. will they be inspected on a regular basis as well. or will they be on the "domino's , every couple of years and the results will be kept quiet" list???????

BW1's picture
BW1

6079 Smith W: Isn't the unemployment rate in HC bad enough and now the political ruling class bureaucrats want to shut down businesses?

Bureaucrats have to justify their positions, don't you know. Unless they can show someone who was made ill by these establishments, this all so much male cattle feces

The Big Dog's back

 

 

6079 Smith W

@ BW1:

From my experience, that's a major problem with most bureaucrats both public and corporate (home office); they forget from where their @#$% paycheck originates.

It's always refreshing to see that the entire local population is not wholly financially illiterate as is often represented on these blogs.

 

bj7

     From my experience in the restraunt industry in the past, health inspections are looking for temperatures to be in the correct area for each product.  They are looking to make sure all sanitation rules are being followed.  For every dish, glass and utensil that is used in either preparing or serving.  If not the business being inspected runs the risk of making someone sick.  Anyone who works around food should constantly be aware that one wrong temperature of the food they serve can make a customer sick.  If that customer happens to be a child or one of our senior citizens, it becomes an even higher risk because their immune systems aren't funtioning at 100%.

Rabbi

I think it is the responsibility of the Health officials to make the public aware of who these repeat offenders are.  After all, in a free market/ mixed economy it's freedom of choice that promotes good competition.  Repeat violators "choose" to do so, while the public "chooses" to spend their hard earned money somewhere else.

goofus

Rabbi, you scared me for a minute, I thought you were talking the smoking ban in bars. What's a little botulism and second hand smoke between friends!!!