By: Diane Benjamin
I heard some citizens of Atlanta Il have witnessed employees of the Palms Grill pouring grease down a drain behind the restaurant. The last time the Edgar County Watchdogs and I were in Atlanta, we decided to check it out.
The smell emanating from the drain was the vilest stench I’ve ever encountered. I really despise snakes, but I’d rather be forced to hold one than go anywhere near that drain again. Pieces of rotting food were visible.
One of the Watchdogs filed a complaint with the Logan County Health Department. See that story HERE
When he didn’t get a response, I filed a FOIA request with the Logan County Health Department for all complaints and investigations filed during that time period.
I received 6 pages, I see nothing that says somebody actually sniffed the air around the drain.
See the 6 pages here: Palms Grill Investigation
Page 1 claims somebody spoke to Bill Thomas. It also claims a shed storing food behind the grill has 2 freezers in it. If the inspector saw the freezers he had to pass close to the drain. The report says nothing about the stench.
“Complaint abated” isn’t checked as either Yes or No. It does say the complaint was referred to the State Plumbing Inspector. Another FOIA required.
Page 2 has an illegally redacted To section. Email addresses can be redacted, but not who it was written to.
Page 3 has the complaint filed by the Watchdogs.
Page 4 has an email stating the inspector spoke to “the owner of the Palms Grill”. The library claims they own it, I wonder of Bill Thomas was the guy he talked to? That “owner” claimed:
They have been dumping mop buckets in the drain!
If they are mopping up the excrement creating the rancid smell, may I suggest not eating there EVER?
Page 5 has another illegally redacted TO section.
I will file a FOIA with the State Plumbing Inspector. Maybe they have staff that can smell.
To be continued . . .