Borough Hall To Cut Hours Again This Summer

For the second year in a row, Borough Hall will be open only 37½ hours, instead of its regular 40 hours, during the months of June, July, and August, with this year having the summer schedule start a month earlier than in 2014.

It will be open late on Mondays and closed on Fridays.

Starting June 1st and ending August 28th, Borough Hall will open a half hour later than it does the rest of the year. As with last year, the matter was not brought up for discussion or a vote during a Mayor & Council meeting before it was publicly announced on the Borough website. The summer hours are:

8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

When this was first initiated two years ago, the intent was to allow residents more access to Borough Hall before or after work during the summer months for their convenience.

In 2013, Borough Hall was open from 7:30 a.m. till 7 p.m. on Tuesdays as well as Thursdays. The rest of the week it was open its regular hours – 8:30 a.m. till 4:30 p.m. – this had Borough Hall open for 47 hours.

Last year, Borough Hall opened at 8 a.m. and closed at 5 in the afternoon with Thursday being its late night – till 7 p.m. Fridays had Borough offices closed. This was almost 10 hours less than the summer hours in 2013 and 2½ hours less than it is open the rest of the year. This year, the late night is being moved to Monday.  These hours will apply to the Borough Clerk’s office, the Construction Department, and the Tax & Finance offices.

The option of closing on Fridays during the summer was originally discussed in 2013 but back then, the governing body felt that doing so would be too much of an inconvenience for residents.

There is no reported cost savings to the municipality to have a summer schedule since the workweek for employees will remain 37½ hours although employees will benefit by having three-day weekends for three months. No mention was made if Borough Hall would be open on July 2nd since July 3rd would already be a national holiday.