SALEM – The Salem Board of Health on Wednesday approved the resolution outlining the 2023 food service fees.
The resolution received its first reading on September 28, second reading on October 19, and a public hearing was held before the third and final reading of the resolution, before the board meeting, as required. In the session, no opinions were expressed in opposition to the proposed tariffs.
These fees are calculated using a cost methodology based on the time spent by the department on licensing, inspection and program administration and will take effect on December 1.
The proposed rates are (with this year’s rates in brackets): risk classification less than 25,000 square feet, first level $108.15 ($103.36), second level $121.90 ($118), level three $233.53 ($236.88) and level four ($236.88) and level four ($296); more than 25,000 square feet, first level $156.54 ($154.89), second level $164.79 ($163.68), third level $585.46 ($611.66) and level fourth $620.66 ($649.14); sale operation, $14.63 ($13.87); portable facility, $112.99 ($103.40) and temporary facility (for events), $37.66 ($60).
Fees do not include required state fees, which must be added. The cost for plan revisions for both new and remodeling facilities remains $275 each.
Other business included discussion of the department’s IT contract for 2023 and an update on some nuisance properties within city limits in a report from Environmental Health Director Alan Masters.
In his report Masters noted that the nuisance property at 1240 E. Third St. had begun demolition and that 341 Newgarden Ave. and 166 Rose Ave. were ready to start demolition soon.
The Board of Health will meet at 2:00 p.m. on December 21.