City Hall staff to continue 4-day work week, 10-hour days

By: 
MEGAN LINSKI

Tecumseh City Council has decided to make the four-day work week at city hall and the building department permanent.

After a six-month trial period from September 2011 to February 2012, hours at the building department and city hall were changed to Monday through Thursday, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Since the change, the council has renewed the schedule multiple times. At the suggestion of Mayor Jack Baker, the council amended the resolution to make the hours permanent, unless deemed otherwise by the council.

The vote was 6-1 in favor, with council member Gayle Keiser voting “no.”

“We can reconsider this at any time, even though it is indefinite,” Baker said. “We don’t have to put a specific date on it.”

Council member Stephanie Harmon said city employees enjoy the new hours, and residents do as well because there’s enough time for them to visit before and after work. Members Gary Naugle and Vicki Philo also gave comments advocating for the change.

Council member Ronald Wimple added that he wanted to keep an eye on the new schedule and make sure that the change would benefit the residents of the city, and not just the employees.

Keiser voted against the resolution, as she noted that she’d heard from several people who were disappointed city hall was not open on Fridays.

“An overwhelming majority of the constituents are in favor,” Baker said. “Some people won’t be happy, but we’re doing the right thing for the majority of people.

“Some people can’t be here at 5, no matter what day it is,” Baker said. “That’s something that needs to be taken into consideration.”

Fire chief Joe Tuckey, who served as interim city manager, added that going ten hours a day doesn’t save the city a lot on utilities, because it’s still a forty hour work week.

In other council news:

• Council welcomed new city manager Dan Swallow at the meeting, as well as thanked Tuckey for his service during his time as interim city manager.

“He took us from here to there, but did it with the ability somebody already trained to be city manager would’ve done,” Baker said about Tuckey.

• The lease with Community Arts of Tecumseh (CAT) was also renewed for 2016 at the meeting. In 2015, CAT has rented the building at John W. Smith Park at 804 N. Evans St. for $500 per month. The same rate, terms and conditions apply. CAT continues to pay utilities on the building as well.

• New City Manager Dan Swallow was appointed to the Lenawee County Solid Waste Committee.

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