resolution found for county's 4-day work week woes
By Gideon Oakes
April 17, 2009 | LOGAN -- After months of gathering
input and hearing opinions, the Cache County Council
took action Tuesday to fix one of the problems caused
by the four-day work week for county employees.
The council voted unanimously to have the county recorder's
office open from 12 to 4 on Friday afternoons, with
only one caveat: Citizens needing to record documents
will have to call the office to be let in.
The main concern with opening the one office on Fridays
was security for the rest of the building, whose offices
would be remain closed. In this compromise, patrons
will be met at the door and escorted in to the office.
The four-day week was implemented last August to bring
the county in line with the state's similar schedule.
Offices extended their workday by two hours to compensate
for the loss of the fifth day.
While many have praised the new found accessibility
of the offices during the hours of 7 to 8 a.m. and 5
to 6 p.m., the change irked mortgage officers and real
estate agents who complained that not having the county
recorder's office open on Fridays led to extra interest
on seven-day rate locks, and caused difficulties for
home buyers needing to move in over weekends.
In the past, County Recorder Mike Gleed said he has
had to come in to the office on Fridays to handle such
emergency situations, even though he had already worked
40 hours that week.
The resolution passed by the council gives Gleed the
flexibility to structure employee schedules in any way
he sees fit to accommodate the new hours.
Council chairman Craig Petersen added that the solution
is only temporary, and will last until August when the
state reviews its own four-day work week policy.