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LIMA — The Allen County Board of Health ordered two local eateries to shut their doors Friday for not renewing their food licenses after they expired. Mr. McKibby’s, located at 500 N. Elizabeth St., and Pastor’s Chicken, located at 126 E. Fourth St., failed to renew licenses despite several reminders and letters from the health department, said heath department environmental division director Bill Kelly. The licenses expired March 1.Kelly said first notices were sent out to locations that had not renewed their licenses Feb. 1 as reminders. Businesses also received phone calls from the health department and letters from the prosecutor’s office through March. Mr. McKibby’s and Pastor’s Chicken are the only two businesses that had not complied by Friday’s meeting, Kelly said, which prompted board members to move that closing notices be hand-delivered to them.Food license renewal failures are a common issue the health department deals with, Kelly said. Typically the department sees two to six businesses reach this point every year, although last year they had none.Contacting either business has not been easy, Kelly said. He also said it’s possible that either business could have closed without the health department’s knowledge.Renewing the licenses would cost $439, Kelly said. This price includes the original license fee, a state fee and a late fee. At this stage, Kelly said he will probably hear from either business soon.“I expect to get a response right away, especially if they are open,” he said. “In other years, (other businesses) have been up here before the day’s out renewing their license.”Representatives of Mr. McKibby’s and Pastor’s Chicken could not be reached for comment.Also at the meeting, doctors Sheldon Wical and Christine Gaynier were recognized as part of Public Health Week for their work in the health department’s sexually transmitted disease clinic. Wical, who attended the meeting, was presented with a plaque for his efforts.“We wanted to recognize them as a friend to public health,” said Deb Roberts, communicable disease coordinator for the health department. “They come and attend our clinic. They have their own private practices, they have their own lives, but yet they come and help us serve clients in our area that need to be tested for sexually transmitted diseases.”

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