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Zeno’s Bar challenges smoking ban enforcement

 
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The Dispatch wrote Bar challenges smoking ban enforcement

Monday, May 19, 2008

BY MISTI CRANE

The owner of Zeno’s Victorian Village, 384 W. Third Ave., will become the first to challenge the city’s enforcement of the statewide smoking ban at a hearing Wednesday.

Zeno’s first encounter with the city came early on, with an investigation that started a year ago this month and resulted in a warning letter sent in late July. In October, the establishment was fined $100. That fine was paid.

In early December, the city fined Zeno’s $1,000. That’s double the base level for a second fine. The law allows the city to double the fine when inspectors believe the violations are ” intentional,” said John Richter, supervisor for Columbus’ smoke-free program.

The business has not paid that fine and instead requested the administrative hearing to take place Wednesday. A hearing officer will make recommendations to the Board of Health, which will take up the matter at its next meeting.

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