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Salem health board approves 2021 food service fees

SALEM — The city health district board approved second reading of the 2021 food service fees on Wednesday after amending some of the figures.

Lynle Hayes, of the health department, had to readjust the cost methodology to reflect a wage increase for Alan Masters, who completed his training and his now certified as a registered sanitarian. Previously he was a sanitarian in training.

Even before the adjustment, the food services fees had increased based on the methodology.

The proposed fees are (with this year’s fees in parentheses): risk classification less than 25,000 square feet, level one, $103.31 ($92.89), level two $117.45 ($105.52), level three $232.27 ($208.08) and level four $296.75 ($265.67); more than 25,000 square feet, level one $153.08 ($137.35), level two $161.57 ($144.93), level three $594.25 ($531.40), and level four $630.45 ($563.74); vending operation, $13.68 ($13.38); mobile facility, $66.26 ($66.26); and temporary facility (per event), $30.00 ($28.96).

The fees don’t include the required state fees, which must be added in. The cost for a plan review for both a new establishment and remodeling are each $275.

A public hearing regarding the fees will be held via Zoom at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 18, prior to the regular meeting set for 2 p.m. when the third and final reading will be held for approval of the new fees. Letters were mailed out to restaurant owners and anyone with a food service license regarding the public hearing, which is their opportunity to comment on the new fees.

To attend, the Zoom meeting ID is 810 7518 9173 and the password is 125567.

The cost methodology process will be explained during the hearing.

mgreier@salemnews.net

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