SIDNEY — At Wednesday night’s Shelby County Board of Health agreed to take legal action against Spectrum Tattoo Studio, 105 N. Ohio Ave., for failing to fill out appropriate paperwork for the business. The action was approved during Wednesday’s meeting.
According to officials, the studio needed to fill out an application and pay a nominal fee in order to operate the shop. They have allegedly failed to do that and submit to the inspection by the health department.
Jarvey Plotner, an employee of Spectrum, represented the studio at the meeting.
“Our current business is more like a consultation firm. It has been four years since we’ve used a design off the wall. We charge costumers for the artwork and design. We tattoo for free. They can take the artwork and go wherever they want,” said Plotner.
“When the public goes to these private homes, they know the risk. When they go to an establishment, there is an expectation that everything is checked out. We’re not worried about the pay scale. We worry about bloodborne pathogens and clean instruments and such things,” countered Board member, Dr. Aaron Sargeant.
Assistant Prosecutor Eric Ambos was reported to have recommended that the board pursue legal action. Seeking legal action was unanimously approved. The infraction is a criminal misdemeanor. Spectrum Tattoo Studio is owned by Paul Hayden.
IUTIS Club Inc., Harmon Field, 925 Wapakoneta Ave., Sidney, sought a variance for food equipment. The group recently purchased a commercial grade refrigerator and freezer. They asked for the variance for a noncommercial grade freezer for extra storage. Since the group has taken a 16-hour training, a portion of which included approved storing of foods, the freezer was allowed.
In other business, the board learned:
• Sherry Howard, 826 N. Main Ave., Sidney, is under a condemnation order.
• Alex Reck, 5880 State Route 29, Lot 19, Sidney, is under a condemnation order.
The number of Hepatitis C cases reported in 2019 already matches half of last year’s total.
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