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Lorain County to put restaurant health inspection reports online


ELYRIA — The Lorain County General Health District will start putting restaurant inspection reports online beginning July 7, Health Commissioner Dave Covell announced Monday.

Reports dating to March 1 will be made available through the district’s website.

Covell said new software provided by the state will make the online reports possible at no immediate cost to the county thanks to a grant funding the program.

The move comes at the same time that the health departments in Elyria and Lorain have run into computer problems that have caused them to stop putting up restaurant inspection reports.

Dave Oakes, environmental health director for the Elyria City Health District, said his agency’s reports had been available on the Web for the past four or five years before being taken down earlier this year because of compatibility issues.

He said it’s a problem the city Health Department hopes to have fixed by the fall. Oakes said the online inspection reports proved popular when they were available.

“It was pretty well received,” he said.

Kathy Boylan, who serves as health commissioner both in Elyria and for the Lorain City Health Department, said a separate computer issue has led to problems in Lorain.

She said restaurant inspection reports started to go online about a year ago, but space limitations on the servers for the website meant that the district stopped putting reports online as of May 31.

She said the reports that were there remain, but no new ones are being added right now.

Boylan said the district is working to correct the problem.

“We want to get them back up, and we will,” she said.

In the meantime, Boylan said restaurant inspection reports remain public records and can be accessed at the health districts’ offices.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @BradDickenCT.

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