Charlestown adjusts town hall hours
Will open earlier Mon-Thurs, close earlier Fridays
— 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
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.”