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Health District hears from residents about the Blackhawk Inn (Audio included)

A long-standing concern of Lakeview residents was again heard by the Logan County Health District.  The district’s monthly meeting was held Wednesday afternoon.

Anthony Collins of 11546 Channel View Drive in Lakeview was present and spoke on behalf of several of his neighbors that also were in attendance. The issue? The Blackhawk Inn, owned by Darrell Johnston, and the persistent health and safety issues that exist with the building.

Collins would like to see the building condemned.

Health Commissioner Dr. Boyd Hoddinott explained to the group that the district is bound by Ohio law.  In order for the building to be condemned, the owner must fail to comply with district orders of improvement. The area is heavily populated with young children and their safety remains an issue. 

Even with years of citations, the building remains standing. Hoddinott explained that the district is not out to destroy businesses. Plus, the district does not have the money to tear down condemned buildings.

Dr. Hoddinott discusses the Blackhawk Inn.

Johnston inherited the building from his mother in 2007.

Dr. Hoddinott discussed the advantages of immunizations. Part of his motivation to discuss this topic was celebrity actress Jenny McCarthy’s claim that immunizations are connected to autism. Her stance has influenced some families’ trying to decide whether to immunize their children.

Dr. Hoddinott comments on the advantages of immunizations.

Director of Nursing Kay Schroer shared that the health committee will be busy in May, attending several functions like the Bike Rodeo on May 17th. The committee’s message varies but proper baby care and protection from infection and disease are two common topics.

Kay Schroer is excited about the health committes's busy schedule.

Donna Blunt is the new Accreditation/Quality Improvement Coordinator. She began working April 14th. Leigh Barnes will begin work as a home health nurse on May 12th.

Environmental inspector Lisa Engle, home health Diana Baughman, and personnel specialist Leica McGill received favorable evaluations.

Hardin County Health District President Bob Wood was a guest at the meeting. He is interested in comparing procedures and polices of other area county districts.

The board will next meet on Wednesday, June 4th at 1:00 p.m.

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