POSTED: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 8:43pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 4:38pm
The Oil Palace has been gearing up for the big Sarah Palin appearance this weekend. But will the Health District cooperate?
Representatives from the Oil Palace met Monday with the Northeast Texas Health District to try to iron out any problems with the venue in advance of the big Palin to-do.
The meeting, many of you will be relieved to know, went well.
What it is exactly that the Oil Palace needs to do has not up to now, been specifically spelled out.
Food permits were up in the air, but it was the water situation that caused the most concern.
Well now we know specifically. And it all began with a ZZ Top concert.
There was not enough water to flush toilets. There was no dependable supply of clean water for drinking and hand washing. And there was no hot water available in the food service area.
“In this particular case, based on the problems they had at the ZZTop concert April 23,” says Brenda Elrod who heads up Environmental Health for the District, “they were given notice that their permit was suspended due to an imminent health hazard.“
All that added up to a closed building unless corrections were made. No conspiracy involved, just no water.
“Oh, no, I didn’t even realize Glenn Beck was going to be there that night,” Elrod laughed. “We don’t have any political throw one way or the other, it’s all about public health. How are they going to get enough potable water into that building in the right amount to provide water for all of the fixtures in the right amount that a bunch of people can flush the toilet and wash their hands.”
One element of the solution…the 6400 person capacity must be cut.
“They propose to lower their capacity to where the number of toilets and hand sinks would meet a standard for about 3200 people to occupy the building,” Elrod said.
The big questions, is can they have it ready in time for the big Sarah Palin event?
“Yes, it is doable,” she concluded.
The Palin appearance is enjoying brisk ticket sales albeit within the reduced capacity of the building.
That means the Oil Palace and the sponsors of the event, can all resume breathing now.