Meadville Tribune

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December 18, 2013

Meadville handing over restaurant inspection duties to state

MEADVILLE — The City of Meadville is out of the restaurant inspection business as of Jan. 1.

During its monthly meeting Wednesday night, Meadville City Council passed a resolution requesting Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to license and inspect retail food facilities located within the city as of the first day of 2014.

Noting that the Department of Agriculture “presently licenses and inspects retail facilities in most, if not all, municipalities within Crawford County with the exception of the City of Meadville,” the resolution states that the department has confirmed its availability to license and inspect facilities within the city beginning Jan. 1.

City staff was instructed to communicate the resolution to the department of agriculture immediately.

Gary Johnson, the current restaurant inspector, told council during its recent study session that the department of agriculture asks that such a change be made at the beginning of a calendar year to avoid jurisdictional problems arising before the end of the state’s first full inspection year.

While the state ordinarily assigns one inspector per county, Johnson added, additional inspectors will be brought in from other counties to aid with the transition. “They would have them all done within a couple of weeks,” he said.

Councilmember John Battaglia cast the only vote against the resolution, which passed by a 4-1 margin. “The commonwealth won’t do as good a job,” Battaglia said.

Mary Spicer can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at mspicer@meadvilletribune.com.

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