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Ridgefield presses pause on inspection fee for salons

The Ridgefield Board of Selectmen has decided to hold off on implementing any fees passed in 2019 by the State requiring local Directors of Health to annually inspect all the hair and nail salons.  Ridgefield Health Director Ed Briggs says the department is allowed to collect up to $250, but requested a $100 collection fee.  Some Board members questioned whether this is the right time to start initiating fees considering the struggle many businesses, especially salons, endured during the pandemic. It was suggested to push back on implementing this new fee until next year. Briggs noted that there are costs the Health Department takes on during these inspections and most towns in the area have this fee already in place. The Board will revisit the topic in January.

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Todd Schnitt

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