Adamstown Borough cuts office hours

By on June 15, 2011

By: KAREN SHUEY Review Staff, Staff Writer

In continuing efforts to reorganize Adamstown Borough services, officials announced changes in office hours as of July 1.

Council voted at their June 7 meeting to set new public office hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday and Friday; and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday. The office will be closed over the lunch hour.

The change comes after council decided to take a closer look at office procedures and staffing when former borough office manager Carolyn Friesema left her post in April. For the past three years, she had handled the accounting and administrative duties in Adamstown.

The new schedule calls for borough secretary Mary Burkholder to continue her current duties, with public business hours cut back to allow Burkholder some uninterrupted time.

"This is to assist me in being able to do the work I have to do since we are now functioning without two full-time staff people in the office," Burkholder said. "That’s a drastic change, our hours were always 9 to 4. With two people here, we were also open for lunch."

Council is advertising for a part-time borough treasurer to handle financial responsibilities.

A change was also made by council to return to a former policy regarding the procedure for requests for zoning variances and exceptions.

A zoning ordinance adopted in August 2009 stated that a request "can be sent" to the planning commission but did not make it mandatory. Planning commission chairman Byron Fritz said he would like to see the reinstatement of the former policy, which had the planning commission reviewing the request and making a recommendation to the zoning hearing board.

In other news, the finance committee will meet to review water and sewer rate adjustments. Cindy Schweitzer, chair of the borough’s finance committee, told members recently that there are a number of areas of the budget that will be facing hard times heading into 2012 — including the sewer plant and water funds.

The account facing the most trouble is the water fund, Schweitzer said. She said she expects water rates to increase. More ADAMSTOWN, page A10

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