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New City Hall operating hours to accommodate public

By Kendra Caruso | Jul 28, 2020
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Belfast — City Council voted at its July 21 meeting to change City Hall’s hours of operation to a four-day, 10-hour workweek. City Manager Erin Herbig proposed the change to allow residents to complete transactions with the city outside regular business hours.

Beginning Sept. 1, City Hall will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Herbig said some residents have to take time off from work to do things like register their cars and other business. The new hours allow residents to complete those transactions before or after traditional day jobs. Several surrounding towns, including Winterport, Bucksport and Hampden, already have such hours.

Herbig talked about the mental health benefits a three-day weekend will have for city staff and said it will probably boost productivity. Mayor Eric Sanders said his employer, Bank of America, offers 10-hour workdays to its employees and that he notices a difference in productivity.

Some towns have noticed a 7% decrease in operating costs because of the town office being closed for three days straight, Herbig said. She hopes the city will save some money by changing its hours of operation.

Some city staff will still be available by appointment on Fridays. Transfer station, library and harbor master’s office hours will not change.

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