LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- A health department is giving people online access to its inspection reports for several businesses. The move by the La Crosse County Health Department this week is already getting mixed reviews. With the click of a mouse, you can access health inspection reports from the La Crosse County Health Department.
Reports include restaurants, pools and campgrounds. Traci Weber owns 4 Sisters Wine and Tapas in La Crosse. She said she doesn’t have a problem with it.
“I think it’s great. I think our customers need to know what restaurants are being cited for and that it’s taken care of, because we are serving them food,” said Weber.
The health department said before it started posting the reports online, people would occasionally come in to look at them.
“They are considered public records which anyone can view, and by putting them on our Website it makes them more accessible to the public,” said La Crosse County Health Department Environmental Health Manager Jim Steinhoff.
The Website shows 4 Sisters had five violations during its inspection in January. Weber said violations included eggs stored on the wrong shelf, and a thermostat that wasn’t visible in the cooler.
“It was all stuff that was easily changed that same day,” said Weber.
4 Sisters said they take violations seriously. They also said a clean kitchen is a functional kitchen which better serves their customers. Some said they like the health department’s change.
“I think it’s a great idea. One that I look forward to use,” said Philip Nohr.
“If I had a need for it, yes, I definitely would use it. It seems very convenient,” said Derek Stanley.
But others disagree.
“There’s too much information that’s available in the country, and I think some of these things should be private and should not be readily available,” said Bill Skemp.
To access those reports, we’ve set up a link on our Website.