The Hanover City Council reopened city halls on Fridays after a trial period where staff did not have Friday office hours.
Effective March 4, the city hall office hours will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Office hours will be extended from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to allow persons who work until 5 a chance to come to city hall. Friday office hours will be limited to 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The present hours were 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The previous city council agreed to implement a no Friday schedule as requested by staff, but interim city councilor Bob Derus said it was clear that residents liked having the office open on Fridays.
He later said, “We got some feedback that people didn’t like it. While Friday isn’t the busiest day, it’s frustrating for residents trying to get a permit for a weekend projects so we thought it would be better to have that. I really think this is more of what residents wanted. It’s just a convenience for the customer.”
In other news, the council appointed Ken Warpula to fill the two years left on Chris Kauffman’s seat after Kauffman won the mayor election. Councilor John Vajda abstained from the vote.
In other action, the council:
APPROVED annual appointments for 2013.
APPROVED a request to waive the community room rental fees for a banquet for the Buffalo High School Competition Cheer Team.
SET the board of equalization (property assessment) meeting for Tuesday, April 2, at 7 p.m.
The Hanover City Council awarded former Mayor Martin Waters with a Vitalization Award recognizing his volunteering efforts. Left to right are city councilor Doug Hammerseng, Mayor Chris Kauffman, Waters, and councilors Wendy Pinor and John Vajda.