Salem health board considers upping food service fees
SALEM — The city health board recently held first reading on the proposed 2022 food service fees, showing increases in almost all categories.
Most of the increases were very slight or minimal, but fees for mobile facilities increased by $37 and doubled for temporary facilities (per event) from $30 to $60.
Food services fees are figured using a cost methodology based on time spent by the department on the licensing, inspection and administration of the program. Two more readings and a public hearing will be required for approval of the fees.
The proposed fees are (with this year’s fees in parentheses): risk classification less than 25,000 square feet, level one $103.36 ($103.31), level two $118 ($117.45), level three $236.88 ($232.27) and level four $303.64 ($296.75); more than 25,000 square feet, level one $154.89 ($153.08), level two $163.68 ($161.57), level three $611.66 ($594.25), and level four $649.14 ($630.45); vending operation, $13.87 ($13.68); mobile facility, $103.40 ($66.26) and temporary facility (per event), $60 ($30).
The fees don’t include the required state fees, which must be added in. The cost for plan reviews for both new establishments or remodelings remains $275 each.
The board also held first reading on a resolution to establish fees for the administration of vaccines for children, adult vaccine and COVID-19 vaccine programs. The fees aren’t for the vaccines themselves but for the health department to administer the vaccines. The proposed fees for administering children and adult vaccines are $15 per injection and $40 per COVID-19 vaccine injection. The fees will be turned in for insurers to pay. Two more readings will be required for approval.
In other business, city Health Commissioner Alanna Stainbrook updated board members on the already reported outbreak at BB Rooners in August, noting that 21 people, both employees and customers, tested positive for COVID-19.
Stainbrook said the restaurant followed the guidelines and did everything the health department asked, including closing for 48 hours for a deep cleaning of the facility, over and above what they were already doing for cleaning during the pandemic.
In fact, she said the restaurant is probably in better shape than many due to the experience.
“They shouldn’t be punished because they had an outbreak,” she said.