LAKEWOOD RANCH — Members of the Lakewood Ranch Inter-District Authority Board are expected to vote April 15 on new hours for Town Hall.
At an agenda review meeting April 13, board members indicated they likely would approve a proposal to make Town Hall open five days a week, with extended hours twice a week. The motion also may include the addition of part-time maintenance staff to be on-site when the building is in use on the weekends.
“I think Town Hall ought to take care of everybody in this community,” IDA Chairman Tom Green said. “We have found working families take advantage of those (extended hours).”
Green said many resident complaints about Town Hall hours could be fixed if residents simply adjusted their schedules. However, the perception that residents are not getting appropriate services still remains, he said.
“I’m tired of this being a lightning rod for everything that comes up,” Green said of Town Hall being closed on Fridays. “I think it’s detracting from the effectiveness of Town Hall.”
Green said the addition of maintenance staff for weekends is necessary to ensure the security of Town Hall as it is being used outside normal business hours.
Community Manager Bob Fernandez has been pushing to keep Town Hall’s current Monday through Thursday schedule, citing employee morale, improved efficiency and other benefits.
In a report given Tuesday, Fernandez said the current schedule has saved an annual $12,800 in overtime expenses and allowed staff to serve 1,800 residents annually during the extended hours.
Other options being considered by the IDA include reverting back to Town Hall’s former hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, opening Town Hall and the operations office from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday with half of the staff working four 10-hour workdays Monday through Thursday and the other half working the same hours Tuesday through Friday and opening Town Hall from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Sunday.
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- Tom Green says “I’m tired of this being a lightning rod for everything that comes up,” yet Community Manager Bob Fernandez has been pushing to keep Town Hall’s current Monday through Thursday schedule. Tom Green seems irritated that Town Hall employees keep resigning, complaining of Bob Fernandez's management style and Cynthia Wills intimidation, yet says he supports Bob and doesn't want to talk about it anymore, allowing things to go on as is. And then he wonders why LWR residents keep feeling like they are beating their head against a wall????
- Tom Green is tired of this being a lightning rod for everything comes up yet Bob Fernandez has been pushing to keep Town Hall’s current Monday through Thursday schedule. He also seems tired that employees keep resigning, complaining of Bob Fernandez's management style and Cynthia Wills intimidation of them, yet he keeps defending Bob Fernandez, allowing Bob a pass to continue on the same as it has been going. And then he wonders why residents feel like they keep beating their head against a wall.
- Interesting Fernandez's figures have changes from a previous article. What happened to the 2400 served? Bob's new math?
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