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Board approves food service fees

December 21, 2012
Morning Journal News

EAST LIVERPOOL - New food service license fees will go into effect Feb. 1 after the board of health gave the third and final reading Thursday to legislation establishing the fees.

While most fees increased, some actually will go down under the new provisions.

Added for the first time was a category for micro market retail establishments, which was described as being typically unmanned stores in office buildings that offer fresh foods, snacks and beverages to staff for purchase through self check-out kiosk.

Currently, no such micro markets exist in the city, according to health Commissioner Jelayne Dray, who said it nonetheless had to be added as a category under state guidelines that go into effect in January.

The food licensing fee for such a micro market in the city will be $90 per year.

A list of all categories and their fees can be obtained at the health department in City Hall.

Dray advised the board she has received no new information on two separate health studies conducted earlier this year in the city.

Health nurse Stephanie Summers reported she still has a lot of flu vaccine available for children and adults, including the high dose vaccine for those 65 and older.

The board welcomed new member Amber Ramsey, who was appointed by Mayor Jim Swoger and approved by City Council.

Ramsey is owner of Wee the People day care and preschool. She and her husband, Robert "Moose" Ramsey a city police officer have three children.

Dray said she believes Mrs. Ramsey will "make a great contribution" to the board.

The next regular meeting will be held at 4 p.m. Jan. 17 at which time a new president pro tem will be elected, and Dray asked board members to be thinking about their selection.



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