POSTED: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 8:00pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 8:16pm
ZACHARY, LA (NBC33) — Alice Lejeune works and lives in Zachary. She has a busy schedule, so she welcomes the four-day work week for City Hall.
"I think it will be a good thing for people, like myself, who find it really hard to get by there during normal business hours," Lejeune said. "So being able to go early in the morning before my day starts, I know will help me out a lot."
Lejeune said this change will not only benefit herself, but local businesses as well.
"The days that we're working, they'll have that day off, and they'll have more time to make appointments and do things in town," Lejeune said.
Starting August 5th, Zachary City Hall will be closed on Fridays, and will be open Monday through Thursday 7:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. The mayor of Zachary said this four-day work week is designed to be more convenient for Zachary residents.
"We hope that gives the public an extra hour in the afternoon and an earlier hour in the morning to deal with the city," Amrhein said."We looked into cities that went to four-day work weeks. They said the productivity went up, cost went down, and my major concern was at first, how did the citizens respond to having that one less day to deal with the city?"
Lejeune said she is grateful that her city is looking out for it's citizens.
"I know I'll appreciate it when I have time, especially before school starts to handle my own personal things, where it doesn't interfere with my time with my kids," Lejeune said.
"We just believe that this is the way to do it," Amrhein said. "We're going to try it, and like I said, if it doesn't work, worst case scenario, we go back to five-eights."
The mayor said anyone with concerns about the change should contact Zachary City Hall.