City of Hays residents who need their city government administrative offices open either earlier or later are getting their wish.
The city announced Monday it will open 30 minutes earlier and stay open 30 minutes later Monday through Thursday beginning Monday, Aug. 6. The hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
“We ran the traps to make sure there are no unintended consequences,” said City Manager Toby Dougherty, noting the change is permanent and not tied to any season. “We need to be consistent and steady. So this is a year-round deal.”
To keep the change from adding any cost to the budget, the offices on Friday will open at 7:30 a.m. and close at 11:30 a.m. for the day.
“This also works out well for our employees, who will get a jumpstart on their weekend,” Dougherty said.
The city’s shift workers — fire, police, parks service, solid waste — who keep odd hours will maintain their non-traditional schedules.
Traditionally the city’s administrative offices were open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.