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Morning Journal/Morgan Ahart The deplorable conditions and accumulated grime inside the condemned residence at 1240 E. Third St. remained apparent even as demolition progressed, as trash literally spilled from the rubble.

SALEM — The Salem Board of Health approved Wednesday the resolution outlining food service rates for 2023.

The resolution received its first reading on September 28, the second reading on October 19, and a public hearing was held prior to the third and final reading of the resolution before the board meeting, as required. No opinions were expressed in opposition to the proposed rates at the hearing.

These fees are calculated using a cost methodology based on the time the department spends on licensing, inspection, and program administration, and will go into effect on December 1.

The proposed rates are (with this year’s rates in parentheses): risk classification less than 25,000 square feet, level one $108.15 ($103.36), level two $121.90 ($118), level three $233.53 ($236.88), and level four $296.22 ( $303.64); over 25,000 square feet, level one $156.54 ($154.89), level two $164.79 ($163.68), level three $585.46 ($611.66) and level four $620.66 ($649.14); sale transaction, $14.63 ($13.87); mobile installation, $112.99 ($103.40) and temporary installation (per event), $37.66 ($60).

Rates do not include required state fees, which must be added. The cost of 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 several nuisance properties within the city limits in a report from Director of Environmental Health 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 set to begin demolition soon.

The board of health will meet at 2 pm on December 21st.

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