SALEM – The City Health Council recently held a first reading on the proposed catering fees for 2022, showing increases in almost all categories.
Most of the increases were very small or minimal, but the fee for mobile installations increased by $ 37 and doubled for temporary installations (per event) from $ 30 to $ 60.
Food service charges are calculated using a costing method based on the time spent by the ministry in licensing, inspecting and administering the program. Two more readings and a public hearing will be required for fee approval.
The proposed fees are (with this year’s fees in brackets): 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); over 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); sales transaction, $ 13.87 ($ 13.68); mobile installation, $ 103.40 ($ 66.26) and temporary installation (per event), $ 60 ($ 30).
Fees do not include required state fees, which must be added. The cost of plan reviews for new facilities or renovations remains $ 275 each.
The council also held the first reading of a resolution to establish fees for administering vaccines for children, vaccines for adults and vaccination programs against COVID-19. The charges are not for the vaccines themselves, but for the health department to administer the vaccines. The proposed fee for administering vaccines to children and adults is $ 15 per injection and $ 40 per injection of COVID-19 vaccine. The costs will be remitted to the insurers to pay. Two more readings will be required for approval.
In other cases, the city’s health commissioner, Alanna Stainbrook, briefed board members on the outbreak already reported at BB Rooners in August, noting that 21 people, both employees and customers, were tested positive for COVID-19.
Stainbrook said the restaurant followed directions and did everything the health department asked for, including shutting down for 48 hours for a thorough cleaning of the establishment, in addition to what they were already doing for the cleaning up during the pandemic.
In fact, she said the restaurant is probably in better shape than many because of the experience.
“They shouldn’t be punished for having had an epidemic”, she said.