The Essex County Board of Supervisors
A discussion on changing the summer hours for one county department led to talk about all departments during the Finance Committee meeting April 16.
County Treasurer Michael Diskin asked the members of the Essex County committee to consider a resolution allowing his office to be open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. in June, July and August. The office is currently open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
"Since I have been there, we have seen that there is no one that comes in after 4 p.m. during the summer and we have had people lined up at the door when we have shown up in the morning," Diskin said. "It seems that people would rather get here earlier in the day during the summer."
Elizabethtown Supervisor Margaret Bartley said that she would rather see all county offices and departments run on the same schedule.
"It seems to me that if you have different hours in the summer then you have to keep changing things and it gets confusing," Bartley said. "I think that everything at the county should be on the same schedule."
North Elba supervisor Roby Politi added that along with similar hours for all departments, he felt departments should be open throughout the day, including lunch hour.
"I don't care what the hours are as long as there is some consistency and each of the departments should be open during lunch," Politi said. "There is nothing worse than having someone drive down here and then they can't get into the office because they are gone to lunch."
"We are supposed to be here to serve the county and not the other way around," Moriah Supervisor and Finance Committee Chairman Tom Scozzafava said. "They should not have to wait around for an hour because people are gone to lunch."
"I tend to agree that if we can make this a one-stop shop, we should do that," Jay Supervisor and Board Chairman Randy Douglas said.
County Manager Daniel Palmer said that the call on hours within departments had usually been made by the leaders of the department.
"It has always been up to the department head when they have wanted their department closed for lunch or other hours," Palmer said. "If the board says that it wants certain hours that it wants departments open or it wants departments open by rotating lunch hours then you could look into that."
"Maybe we should talk with the department heads about streamlining the work day and when their hours are," Douglas said.
The resolution on the treasurer hours was tabled and Palmer said that he would prepare a report on office hours for each department by the Ways and Means Committee meeting April 30.