ON THE MARKET: Seller — beware of hidden costs - Lake Oconee Breeze

ON THE MARKET: Seller — beware of hidden costs - Lake Oconee Breeze


ON THE MARKET: Seller — beware of hidden costs - Lake Oconee Breeze

Posted: 13 Aug 2020 05:51 AM PDT

We would like to make sellers aware of hidden costs that you may encounter when selling your home.  

Many of the homes in the Lake Oconee area are now 20 to 25 years old. We all think of our homes as our castle, being realistic the home has been lived in and enjoyed for many years.   

When the time comes to sell, we sometimes look at our home through rose-colored glasses. Like getting older, nothing seems to age through our eyes. We all know that years bring changes and our homes many times need a facelift (and I haven't had one yet) and repairs are much needed.

So, let's present a scenario that you are selling your home and yeah — you get an acceptable offer and you are elated.  Today, most buyers will not purchase a home without an inspection. We have seen inspection reports that have up to 36 pages listing minor and major repairs that may be needed on your home.  

Here are some of the things that you may want to take a serious look at before listing. The following are major expenses that you may be asked to absorb or replace (especially if your home falls into the category of 20 to 30 years of age) once the inspection report comes in: 

ROOFS: Roofs normally last 20 to 30 years.

HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING UNITS: Life expectancy on unit is 12 to 15 years.

HOT WATER HEATER: 10 to 15 years.

These are major replacements that if the home is older you may expect the buyer to consider the extra expenses they will have to incur. 

Today the seller may not even be aware of hidden defects.  Inspection reports have come back with mold under wood floors, mold inside walls and deteriorating structural damage.  This kind of damage may be unknown to the seller and are major expenses. 

Many homes today have crawl spaces and the inspection comes back with water in the crawl space. This will have to be rectified to sell the home.  

Older stucco homes should have a stucco inspection before listing. Therefore, there will be no surprises. Most stucco homes in the Lake Oconee area do not have problems.

Inspectors today are finding more defects in the homes on Lake Oconee as many homes are coming into the age of 20 to 30 years. 

We have been listing and selling in the Lake Oconee area for the past 25 years. We are encountering inspection reports coming in with many more issues to address.

We cannot express enough to sellers to inspect your own home from top to bottom before listing. Fix any wood rot, replace fogged windows, carpeting and floors should be in A-1 condition, Appliances should all be in good working condition.  These are only a few things that you should take a good look at.

The bottom line is that it is heartbreaking to a seller when they think they have sold their home at an acceptable price and then they are hit with all the unexpected repair expenses  that the buyer requests you to fix. 

Negotiating on repairs is a crucial time in the sale of the home. Buyers today expect the house to be good condition. If you were the buyer, you would expect the same. 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Tough times never last, but tough people do. 

 

 

  

    

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nevis city properties dealing with water issues - Park Rapids Enterprise

Posted: 15 Aug 2020 04:04 AM PDT

Both problems were discussed at Monday night's council meeting, which was held on Zoom because of water issues in the city hall meeting room as well.

The Aug. 7 storm, later confirmed to be an EF1 tornado, took down many trees in town last Friday and brought heavy rain.

Public Works Supervisor Don Umthun said washouts are being addressed. "It will take a couple of weeks, but we'll get them done," he said.

The council thanked Umthun and the Nevis Fire Department for their help with storm cleanup. "We were out until about 1 a.m. cutting up trees to clear the roads," Fire Chief Chris Norton said.

"I don't think there was a street that didn't have a tree laying across the road," Deputy Josh Oswald said. "I've never seen anything like it. Depending on who you talk to, I've heard anywhere from three and a half inches to over five inches we got in that last rain."

"People stopped me Saturday to thank both the fire department and sheriff's department for the quick cleanup," Mayor Jarod Senger said. "Our primary responsibility is the safety of our residents, and between your departments you once again demonstrated an outstanding response."

"Over the last couple of rainfalls our fire hall has been a mess," Norton told the council. "It smelled like we had about 20 cats in our meeting room." He said he was told that may be a sign of mold.

Norton said during the recent storm rain was coming into the fire hall so fast the floor drain couldn't keep up, leaving standing water. He told the council there's about a foot difference between the road and the fire hall.

"There's no sense fixing anything until we even out that grade. Every spring we have issues," he said. "I wouldn't throw any money at this building until that's fixed. We can get new sheetrock, but in a year we'd be throwing it out again. You can't make the grade any higher because you can't put the door any higher. It's been a perpetual issue since 1980."

Suggestions discussed were a retaining wall, concrete angled along the side of the building, drain tiles or gutters. Runoff from the roof and road both need to be addressed.

"I haven't gotten a concise answer from anybody about the best option to mitigate it," Norton said. "We're going to have to do something, but I don't know what."

Mold testing results will be shared with the council at the September meeting.

Interim managers Erin Rhoades and Carolyn Moen said they believe major condensation issues with the air conditioning at the municipal liquor store caused ceiling tiles to fall down, water on the floors and dripping on tables and standing water two inches deep on the main beam.

Tweeten is working on a bid to fix the entire cooling system, which currently has three small units. One unit is reportedly 25 years old.

"Obviously, that has to be addressed," council member Rich Johnson said. "We can't have our patrons sitting with umbrellas inside.

In other action, the council:

  • Tabled approval of the preliminary 2021 city budget until September so the city has time to explore adding a full or part-time police officer.

  • Approved Tyler Lindow's Eagle Scout project to install stairs made of treated wood going from the Halvorson Beach boat dock up the hill toward the pavilion. "I think it would be a welcome addition to the park," Senger said.

  • Heard the Muskie Park playground project is nearing completion. Damage to a power line is being addressed by the contractor.

  • Approved up to $1,000 from park funds for a metal sign for Muskie Park from Innovative Sign & Graffix. One side of the sign will dedicate the park to this year's senior class and the other will list donors. A small dedication is tentatively planned for mid September. The council approved spending up to $300 for that event.

  • Heard that Phase 2 for a handicapped addition to the Muskie Park playground has been put aside for now because of the prohibitive cost to meet all of the requirements.

  • Heard two new staff were recently hired at the municipal liquor store. Interim managers reported that a Bob Johnson Memorial Golf Tournament at Eagle View is in the planning stages with a ceremony at the bar afterwards. The council approved a $500 budget for an Oktoberfest event with music and outdoor seating. They also discussed the possibility of Sunday brunch catered by an area restaurant.

  • Discussed capital improvements at the liquor store including a crash bar between the on- and off-sale and caulking cement to help keep water out of the basement.

  • Heard the fire department had two new applicants, bringing the total members to 23.

  • Approved up to $3,000 for a sign on the fire hall and putting the new logo decals on trucks.

  • Heard the fire department will be receiving a pallet of hand sanitizer with a total of 104 gallons they can share with other agencies.

  • Thanked Walmart for donating a pallet of bottled water to the fire department.

  • Heard from Oswald that call volume was high during the past month, and he has been in contact with school staff in preparation for students getting back to classes.

  • Received an invitation to attend the pollinator garden and mural dedication on Friday, Aug. 21 from 10 a.m. until noon.

The next Nevis City Council meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 14 in the council meeting room.

Moisture leads BOS to weigh interior, exterior courthouse repairs - theperrynews.com

Posted: 18 Jul 2020 12:00 AM PDT


Something is causing chronic water damage both to the inner rooms and outer surfaces of the Dallas County Courthouse, and the county supervisors recently hired a West Des Moines architectural firm to try to figure out how to stop the rot in the 118-year-old county landmark.

In order to get at the root of the problem, the supervisors hired Keffer/Overton (K/O) Architects, the same firm that worked on the $10 million remodeling and restoration of the courthouse in 2007. K/O Architects come to the job already familiar with the structure of the courthouse.

The supervisors contracted to pay K/O $23,448 to inspect and analyze the water-damage problem and produce a report with recommendations for correcting it. The firm recently completed its onsite inspection, using a combination of mechanical lift, thermal and drone imagery, testing and mock-ups. They are now analyzing their data and will produce a final report, including recommended solutions, in three to four months.

According to the K/O proposal, an additional $13,030 might be needed for specialized testing, such as masonry mortar hardness testing, stone moisture testing, thermal photography, roof drone imagery of the flashing and tile, masonry surface treatment testing, wood window testing and moisture spray testing for leaking and flooding.

In their initial proposal to the supervisors, K/O said they conducted a preliminary inspection of the interior, and it "became quickly obvious that the windows were only one of the many problems present." They also noted "related plaster damage at the associated locations on the interior."

The inspection of the exterior face revealed "visual evidence of current and previous moisture damage at several exterior stone surfaces representing all sides of the building. In many cases, the patterning of the exterior stone staining is suspect and appears that the moisture could be initiating from inside the wall system."

How is the moisture getting inside the wall system? K/O said they believe "there is liquid and vapor moisture entering the wall system at a high elevation on the wall or roof of the building," possibly through "broken or cracked masonry, poor-condition mortar, age of or deterioration of a spray-on moisture-applied barrier (a barrier was applied as part of the restoration 10 years ago due to the sand-blasted finish of the stone), broken roof tile, deteriorated/missing flashing, improper flashing soldering, leaking gutters or downspouts, etc."

The proposal also observed that the courthouse has an internal system of gutters and downspouts, and "buildings with these systems are prone to all sorts of problems if these internal items fail and/or are not maintained correctly." There is also concern "internal moisture has possibly contributed to a large amount of mold or fungus staining on the visible exterior surface of the stone building," the proposal said.

A sign of the building's minor dilapidation appeared sometime on or before Oct. 22, 2019, when a sword fell from the hand of the south-facing figure of Lady Justice. Luckily for the county's liability insurance carrier, no one was hurt or killed by the falling mock weapon, which a Dallas County employee later located in the courthouse yard.

The courthouse has undergone significant reorganization since 2018, with the Dallas County Treasurer and Recorder offices now on the ground floor, the clerk of court and juvenile court services offices on the east wing of the second floor and the west wing currently being converted into a large courtroom, bringing the courthouse total to five courtrooms.

Fifth Judicial District Court Administrator Christopher Patterson estimated in 2017 that five courtrooms could accommodate the county's projected growth into the 2030s.

Berks food safety inspections, July 1 to July 14, 2020: Mold, dirt and food residue on racks in walk-in cooler - Reading Eagle

Posted: 14 Jul 2020 12:00 AM PDT

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture keeps records of food safety inspections at restaurants and food vendors.

Berks County is divided into three jurisdictions: Reading, Muhlenberg Township and the rest of the county. The results will be posted every other week. All food vendors are inspected at least once a year. View any vendor's last inspection report online. Click on the PDF version of the inspection report for all details.

If a food provider is labeled out of compliance, that means it has one or more violations that require a return visit by an inspector. The establishment is given time to fix the problem(s) and remains open for business.

Complaints can be filed online with the PDA.

Below are the results of inspections conducted between July 1 and July 14, 2020, that were filed in the state database as of July 16, 2020 at noon.

They include the inspector's comments on violations.

Berks County

Cigar Plus, 4 Cheltenham Drive, Wyomissing, July 10: No violations.

Auntie Anne's, 10 S Summit Ave., Reading, July 09: 2 violations. A working container of *cleaner / sanitizer* was stored above or on the same shelf with food, equipment, and/or single service articles in the kitchen area. Corrected. Single use cups being used as scoops in salt bin. Corrected.

Boat N Rv Overlook Cafe, 20 Industrial Drive, Hamburg, July 09: 1 violation. Food facility has an employee who held a Certified Food Manager certificate; however, the certificate has expired and is no longer valid. Class is scheduled for August.

Dogs-n-more, 20 N Third St, Bally, July 09: No violations.

Hamburg Recreation Park Pool Concession, 2nd & Franklin Sts, Hamburg, July 09: 2 violations. Plastic tableware is not displayed in a manner so that only the handles are touched when dispensed. Open packs of hot dogs in bins were not date marked. Corrected.

Mcardle's Pub & Inn, 1634 Moselem Springs Road, Hamburg, July 09: 13 violations. Soda gun holder at bar has an accumulation of slime mold residue on interior of holder. Corrected. Metal wire shelving food racks in walk in cooler have an accumulation of mold, dirt, food residue and must be cleaned. Also dry storage racks have a dust, dirt build up and must be cleaned. Reach in bar refrigerator has a mold build up along back wall and bottom of refrigerator. The food facility does not have the original certificate for the certified food employee posted in public view. A utility sink or curbed cleaning facility with a floor drain is not provided in the food facility. Mop water is disposed of in warewashing sinks at this time. Ceiling in the kitchen area next to hood system, has a hole/loose tape material hanging or is broken and in need of repair. Observed hood system, ansul system grill cooking equipment in the kitchen area, with a heavy encrusted grease and soil accumulation and must be cleaned. Observed clean glasses/cups in bar area, stored wet in a manner that does not allow for draining and/or air drying (wet nesting). The light intensity in the food preparation area is not at least 50 foot candles. Half of light bulbs were not on in light fixtures. Dry storage shelves of food under leak damaged ceiling that has exposed insulation/drywall that must be repaired. Oil residue dripping from ansul pipes above cook line and must be cleaned. Observed deeply scored bain marie cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required. Old moldy food debris under shelving in walk in cooler. Old food debris under cutting board of bain marie unit. Lights are not shielded or shatter proof over the kitchen area. Walk in cooler fan box and ceiling area of the food facility is extremely dirty, dusty, and in need of cleaning. Out of compliance

Mcdonald's #27262, 80 Wilderness Trl, Hamburg, July 09: 8 violations. Ceiling tiles missing in the rear kitchen area, and need replaced. Tiles were removed for maintenance work and not replaced when not doing work. Drain under front counter coffee/juice station is backed up creating a stagnant water puddle and foul odor issue. Non-food contact surfaces not cleaned at a frequency to preclude accumulation of dirt and soil. Gaskets and door frame area of reach in frappe refrigerator have a mold build up and must be cleaned. Rear door located in the storage area of the food facility has a gap at side and does not protect against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals. Not enough drainboards, utensil racks, or tables to allow for storage of soiled and/or cleaned items before and after cleaning as evidenced by racks of dirty dishes on floor. Observed Frappe mixer, sure shot creamer and drive thru soda fountain equipment, in front/drive thru area, with an accumulation of mold/food residue, debris on splash guard areas around nozzles and gasket areas. Corrected. Wire racks for clean dishes in warewashing room are rusted and must be refinished/replaced. Water, as observed at hand wash sink in the warewashing area, is not under pressure during inspection due to a leaking faucet that must be repaired. Out of compliance

Omg Smoothies, 135 S Fifth St, Bally, July 09: No violations.

Acec Meats, 469 Adams Hotel Road, Shoemakersville, July 08: No violations.

American House, 2325 Railroad Ave., Leesport, July 08: No violations.

Domino's Pizza, 5000 Shillington Pl, Reading, July 08: 2 violations. Food dispensing utensil in bin of cornmeal observed stored in the food and not with handle above the top of the food and the container. Corrected. Mechanical warewashing equipment has a build up of dirt/debris on top of machine and must be cleaned.

Lincoln Park Swim Association, 300 Stanford Ave., West Lawn, July 08: No violations.

Little Ceasars, 502 E Lancaster Ave., Shillington, July 08: 3 violations. Old food residue, dishes and utensils observed in the handwash sink, indicating uses other than handwashing. Mop sink has a hose attachment that is hanging below the flood rim of the sink and not an appropriate air gap. Food facility 3 bay sink has a direct connection to the floor drain, creating possible backflow of sewage hazard. Drain line from grease trap must be up out of drain basin.

Tsunami Shaved Ice, 6022 Morgantown Road, Morgantown, July 08: 4 violations. Food employees observed in prep area, not wearing proper hair restraints. Food utensils in prep area observed stored in a container of water which is not maintained at 135°F. Food facility does not have available sanitizer test strips or test kit to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration. Food facility is using an approved non-public water system, but does not have current laboratory testing results for water potability. Out of compliance

201 West Food & Spirits, 201 W Lancaster Ave., Shillington, July 07: 1 violation. Loose/torn rubber door gaskets observed on the dessert refrigerator cooling unit.

Arby's #7001, 4850 Penn Ave., Sinking Spring, July 07: 6 violations. Flooring in walk in cooler has a sheet of stainless steel that is loose and pulling up allowing for food debris to get under the edges. Food facility person in charge does not have records to demonstrate routine inspection and service of water treatment devices. Filters for water system must be dated with last date of service. Also soda fountain service date is expired (1/20). Ice cream machine for milk shakes tested too high for Coliform and must be shut down and remaining product discarded. Machine cannot be used until cleaned and retested. Food facility rear prep sink has a direct connection to the floor drain, creating possible backflow of sewage hazard. Drain line needs an air gap at drain basin. Ceiling vent, tiles and wall area above the front line slicer area of the food facility is extremely dusty and in need of cleaning. Various foods were held at 58 °F, in the walk in cooler area for 2 days (per shift manager) rather than 41°F or below as required. All foods in walk in cooler and foods on the cook line that were out of temperature for more than 4 hours were discarded. Facility will close due to not having any food supply for service. Out of compliance

Dutch Oven Deep Fried Heaven, 2023 Crown Mill Drive, Mohrsville, July 07: No violations.

Leesport Pool Snack Bar, Washington St Po Box 710, Leesport, July 07: No violations.

Mcdonald's #02385, 310 Penn Ave., Sinking Spring, July 07: 4 violations. Observed drive through soda fountain equipment with an accumulation of mold/food residue on the splash guard area around dispensing nozzle. Also Creamer 2 at drive through has residue build up around nozzle area on splash guard and must be cleaned. Corrected. Top caps of single serve cup dispensers at drive through are missing leaving the cups not covered and they are not inverted. Mop sinks have a hose attachment that is hanging below the flood rim of the sink and not an appropriate air gap. Corrected. Drive through soda fountain nozzle head, a food contact surface, was observed to have a build up of residue and was not clean to sight and touch. Also cookie/candy dispensing chutes of the topping dispensers for ice cream have an accumulation of ice cream residue on them and must be cleaned. Corrected.

Mcdonald's #14267, 5500 Pottsville Pike, Leesport, July 07: No violations.

Park Road Cafe, 550 Penn Ave., West Reading, July 07: 1 violation. Two sets of lights are not shielded or shatter proof in the kitchen area.

Sebastiano's Italian Restaurant, 3227 Perkiomen Ave., Reading, July 07: 1 violation. Food facility does not have available sanitizer test strips to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration at the 3-compartment sink (quat tablets).

Wendy's #6438, 4820 Penn Ave., Sinking Spring, July 07: 6 violations. Temperature measuring device for ensuring proper temperature of equipment is not available or readily accessible in reach in refrigerator equipment at drive through. The water temperature of the wash compartment of the manual warewashing equipment was 108°F, rather than not less than 110°F, as required. Corrected. Prewash spray hose nozzle has a build up of residue around nozzle/handle area. Mop sink is missing grout and tiles and is no longer draining properly and holding stagnant water and must be repaired. Center Reach in refrigeration unit on front line has a build up of mold on reach in door gaskets and door frame areas. Prep sink drain basin and floor area has a build up of old food residue/mold and must be cleaned. Also stagnant water/debris must be cleaned up from mop sink overflow in laundry area. Walk in freezer floor area of the food facility has trash and spilled food debris and is in need of cleaning. Also door does not close properly and is causing ice build up around bottom of door and wall area.

Wilshire Swim Team Snack Bar, 3035 Van Reed Road, Sinking Spring, July 07: 2 violations. Temperature measuring device for ensuring proper temperature of equipment is not available or readily accessible in reach in refrigerator equipment. Assorted food was held at 53 °F, in the reach in refrigerator area, rather than 41°F or below as required. Corrected by voluntarily disposing food.

Domino's #4749, 3801 Perkiomen Ave., Reading, July 06: 3 violations. The caulk is damaged/missing at the junction of the wall and mop sink. The food facility does not have the original certificate for the certified food employee posted in public view. Floor in front of the 3-compartment sink and near the mop sink is damaged - missing tiles/exposed wood - and is no longer a smooth, easily cleanable surface.

Effies Charcoal Chef, 3223 Perkiomen Ave., Reading, July 06: No violations.

Island Pizza, 3060 Limekiln Road, Birdsboro, July 06: 2 violations. Some working containers (spray bottles), used for storing chemicals, cleaners taken from bulk supplies, were not marked with the common name of the chemical. Corrected. Employee exit/entrance door to the outside bar area has a gap at the bottom due to a torn seal and does not protect against the entry of pests.

Mount Penn Family Restaurant, 3108 Perkiomen Ave., Reading, July 06: 1 violation. Large metal scoop located at the ice machine is cracked at the handle and is not in good repair or condition.

Pennwyn Motor Association Inc, 798 Mohnton Blvd, Mohnton, July 06: 3 violations. A temperature measuring device or test strips for measuring hot water sanitizing water temperatures is not available for the dishwasher. Deli slicer had old food residue at the bottom of the blade guard and must be cleaned properly before use. Ceiling area in front of condenser fan area of the walk in cooler is dusty and in need of cleaning.

Appalachian Campsites (Store) Mhc Appalachian Lp, 60 Motel Drive, Shartlesville, July 02: No violations.

Appalachian Campsites-campfire Cafe, 60 Motel Drive, Shartlesville, July 02: 2 violations. Cleaned and sanitized utensils located in plastic drawer storage area, are stored with food contact surfaces / food or lip area exposed to hand contact when retrieved by food employees. Observed clean dish racks stored on the floor in warewashing area.

Dollar Tree #05954, 2550 Perkiomen Ave., Reading, July 02: 1 violation. Severely dented, distressed canned items (4 cans of pineapple slices) observed sale in the food facility. Corrected.

Kramer's Korner, 5652 Old Route 22, Shartlesville, July 02: 3 violations. Food dispensing utensil in ice cream sprinkles observed stored in the food and not with handle above the top of the food and the container. Bottom of deli slicer blade guard has old food residue and must be cleaned. Toilet room in store does not have a self-closing door.

Little Caesars, 2851 Perkiomen Ave., Reading, July 02: 2 violations. The food facility does not have the original certificate for the certified food employee posted in public view. The back area of the facility (the room with the unused walk-in coolers) is cluttered with a variety of items making it difficult to access the area for cleaning.

Mountain Springs/Captains Cove, 2619 Hill Road, Reading, July 02: 3 violations. Paper towel dispenser empty at the handwash sink in the kitchen area. Corrected. Soap was not available at the handwash sink in the kitchen area. Corrected. Plumbing system not maintained in good repair - observed a significant amount of cold water leaking at the handwash sink in the kitchen.

Pa Dutch Campground Store, 136 Campsite Road, Bernville, July 02: 1 violation. Lights are not shielded or shatter proof over the food side of the reach in refrigerator area.

Two Can Catering Mfs3, 132 S Freeman St, Robesonia, July 02: No violations.

Bavarian Pretzel #22, 1665 State Hill Road, Wyomissing, July 01: 1 violation. Soap was not available at the handwash sink. Corrected.

Deerfoot Vineyards & Winery, 1492 Ridge Road, Shoemakersville, July 01: No violations.

Little Italia Pizzeria, 1665 State Hill Road, Wyomissing, July 01: 2 violations. The handwash sink was blocked by dishes and was not accessible at all times for employee use. Corrected. Drain line at the handwash sink is leaking.

Ray's #1 Pizza, 1665 State Hill Road, Wyomissing, July 01: 1 violation. The interior of the ice machine, a food contact surface, was observed to have residue and was not clean to sight and touch. Corrected.

Sammy's Steaks & Fries #6 (Xhh6048) Mff3, Leesport Farmers Market, Leesport, July 01: 1 violation. The handwash sink was blocked by cleaning supplies and was not accessible at all times for employee use. Corrected.

Schaeffer Concessions Chuck Wagon Old Fashioned Soda Mff-4, 1176 Park Road, Reading, July 01: No violations.

Woody's Cafe, Leesport Farmers Market, Leesport, July 01: 2 violations. Food facility does not have available sanitizer test strips to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration. The food facility does not have the original certificate for the certified food employee posted in public view.

Muhlenberg Township

Chipotle Mexican Grill, 4300 N. Fifth Street Highway., Temple , July 12: No violations.

Monte Lauro European Group, 1114 Mt Laurel Ave., Temple , July 12: No violations.

Hoober's Produce, 2934 N. Fifth St., Reading , July 11: No violations.

Rosedale Grove, 2900 Mannerchor Road, Temple , July 03: No violations.

Station House Grille, 4899 Stoudts Ferry Bridge Road, Reading , July 03: No violations.

Reading

No reports filed.

Updates

The following reports for the period of June 17 to June 30, 2020, were added to the state's database after July 2 and did not appear in the previous Berks food safety report.

Berks

Bethany Children's Home, 1863 Bethany Road, Womelsdorf , June 30: two violations. Observed metal rack equipment, in walk-in cooler area, with an accumulation of mold/dirt, food residue, on leg and wheel area of rack on non-food contact surfaces. Wall area below vents near prep area on desk side of room, of the food facility is extremely dusty, and in need of cleaning.

Brobst Cottage, 1863 Bethany Road, Womelsdorf , June 30: one violation. A working container of *cleaner / sanitizer* was stored on the food counter in kitchen area. Corrected.

Dubbs Cottage, 1863 Bethany Road, Womelsdorf , June 30: one violation. Raw shell eggs above ready-to-eat foods in refrigerator. Corrected.

Eck Cottage, 1863 Bethany Road, Womelsdorf , June 30: no violations.

Four Monkeys Coffee, 100 Constitution Blvd. Unit C, Kutztown , June 30: no violations.

Henning Center, 1863 Bethany Road, Womelsdorf , June 30: one violation. A temperature measuring device for monitoring warewashing hot water sanitizing water temperatures is not available.

Keck Cottage, 1863 Bethany Road, Womelsdorf , June 30: no violations.

Knorr Cottage, 1863 Bethany Road, Womelsdorf , June 30: no violations.

Leinbach Cottage, 1863 Bethany Road, Womelsdorf , June 30: no violations.

Moyer Cottage, 1863 Bethany Road, Womelsdorf , June 30: no violations.

Reed Cottage, 1863 Bethany Road, Womelsdorf , June 30: no violations.

Midway Exxon & Food Mart, 321 Midway Road, Bethel , June 29: nine violations. Ice bin on ice machine has corroded non food grade metal strips at top of interior of the ice machine that are leaving rust stains down the sides of the ice bin and must be changed to proper material and bin cleaned. Prepackaged grab and go sandwich food is not labeled to clearly indicate any ""Big 8"" allergen ingredients and / or the allergen warning statement, or name of product. Corrected. Bags of ice that are filled in the facility are not labeled with the source of bagged ice. Corrected by placing sign on cooler and labels are to be made. Splash guard area of the milk dispensing machine has a build up of splash residue behind nozzles. Food facility person in charge does not have records to demonstrate routine inspection and service of backflow prevention devices and other water treatment devices. Ice machine filters are not dated with last date of service. Mops are not being hung to air dry. Commercially processed foods were not heated before being placed in the steam table and not to 135°F for hot holding as required. Corrected. Hot food was held at 101 °F, on the hot dog roller area, rather than 135°F or above as required. Corrected. Open packs of hot dogs/soups were held at 60 °F, in the reach-in cooler at counter area, rather than 41°F or below as required. Discarded remaining items. Commercially processed refrigerated, ready to eat, time/temperature control for safety food, located in the reach in cooler, and held more than 24 hours, is not being marked with the date it was opened. Corrected. Out of compliance.

Midway Truck Wash & Fuel Stop, 351 Midway Road, Bethel , June 29: three violations. Prepackaged deli salad sandwiches are not labeled properly with the name of the product, ingredient statement. Also bags of ice must have source location of ice on labels on bags. (sandwich labels corrected.) Hot sandwich food was held at 120 °F, in the hot case area, rather than 135°F or above as required. Corrected. Cardboard on food storage shelves in walk in cooler must be removed. Also open packs of hot dogs cannot be stored in cardboard box lids. Out of compliance.

Rainbow Pit Stop, 8602 Lancaster Ave, Bethel , June 29: four violations. Soda fountain has a heavy splash residue build up on splash guards behind soda nozzles. The food facility does not have the original certificate for the certified The food facility does not maintain Food Employee Certification records as required. Owner has a rescheduled class in July. Large open pack of hot dog rolls was placed by the hot dog roller for customers to reach in to grab rolls. Corrected by wrapping rolls individually for customer self serve. 

Good Friend Chinese Restaurant, 206 Crossings Blvd, Elverson , June 25: no violations.

Twin Valley Recreation, 5981 Morgantown Road, Morgantown , June 25: no violations.

Way-har Farm Market Llc, 7701 Bernville Road, Bernville , June 24: one violation. The overhead door located in the back dry storage area of the food facility has a gap on the side of the door and does not protect against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals.

Cheers, 2116 Old Route 100, Bechtelsville , June 22: one violation. Food Employee Certification is not posted.

Inn At Bally Spring, 90 Airport Road, Barto , June 22: one violation. Food facility has an employee who held a Certified Food Manager certificate; however, the certificate has expired and is no longer valid.

Muhlenberg Township

Oliver's Place Sandwich Shop, 1007 Mt Laurel Road, June 21, no violations.

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