Charlestown ad­justs town hall hours

Will open ear­lier Mon-Thurs, close ear­lier Fridays

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By BRI­ANNA SHEA

bshea@ce­cil­whig.com

— Start­ing on Sept. 5, town hall will open ear­lier Mon­day through Thurs­day and close ear­lier on Fridays.

Af­ter sev­eral lengthy dis­cus­sions over town hall hours span­ning sev­eral

CHARLESTOWN

meet­ings, the town board of com­mis­sion­ers voted to change the town hall hours Tues­day.

Go­ing for­ward, town hall will be open Mon­day through Thurs­day from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a half-hour break for lunch and from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays. Right now, it is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day, and closes noon to 1 p.m. ev­ery day for lunch.

Town ad­min­is­tra­tor Wib Pumpaly first brought up the idea of re­duc­ing town hall hours last month, not­ing that very few peo­ple call or come in to town hall on Fridays. In ad­di­tion, at 45 hours, Charlestown town hall was open longer than any other town hall in the county.

Com­mis­sion­ers and town em­ploy­ees sug­gested sev­eral ideas to ad­just the hours, in­clud­ing re­duc­ing the town hall em­ploy­ees’ lunch hour from one hour to 30 min­utes, which would ac­cu­mu­late two and a half hours and al­low town hall to close at 2:30 p.m. on Fri­day. The idea of elim­i­nat­ing the two 15-minute breaks per day was also dis­cussed.

Ul­ti­mately the em­ploy­ees and com­mis­sion­ers found com­mon ground with a sug­ges­tion by Com­mis­sioner Andy Thomp­son. Thomp­son sug­gested that town hall em­ploy­ees work nine­hour days, which would give Ja­nine An­toshak and Deb­bie My­ers, town clerks, al­ter­nat­ing Fridays off. This would re­sult in one of the clerks al­ways be­ing in the of­fice on Fri­day for eight hours.

For ex­am­ple, An­toshak said one week she or My­ers would work 44 hours and the next 36 hours, while the town hall would gain an hour with the ear­lier open­ing but loses an hour on Fri­day. She said Pumpaly is not in­cluded in the al­ter­nat­ing Fridays be­cause he is salaried, while she and My­ers are hourly. She said some­one will al­ways be in the of­fice on Fridays.

“We ac­tu­ally re­ally liked Andy’s (Thomp­son) sug­ges­tion from last time, Deb­bie (My­ers) and I hadn’t known about how to do those hours that way,” An­toshak said.

My­ers was also a fan of the plan.

“We’re look­ing for­ward to the sched­ule change,” she said. “We’re happy.”

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