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A few changes take place at Village Hall

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Recent changes at Village Hall extend beyond restructuring workspace and creating a new reception area in the lobby. Since late August, the facility has also been closing for lunch each day.

Village Administrator Heather Kimmons said a “testing phase” preceded the Sept. 6 implementation of a 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. daily closure. This time frame was selected to allow patrons with a standard noon to 1 p.m. lunch hour the time needed to conduct their business at Village Hall before the closure.

Kimmons said this new arrangement has been more effective than when the Village clerk and Village treasurer interrupted their duties to cover the greeting/reception duties of the administrative assistant during her lunch break. “This is not unusual,” Kimmons said of the lunchtime closure.

Features of the remodeled lobby provide a more comfortable seating area across from the new reception area. “By keeping public activities primarily concentrated in the reception area, the balance of the office is kept quiet, to encourage concentration and uninterrupted work,” Kimmons said. The goal of the remodel was to make the most of the space available while still being very economical. A $20,000 budget was set for this project, and only a little over half of the budget was spent on it.

Macon County Sheriff’s deputies assigned to provide police protection for the Village have relocated their local office from Hickory Point Mall back to Village Hall, where they have 24-hour access.

One feature of the remodeling is the creation of a common area with a computer available for use by the mayor, trustees and non-Village Hallbased personnel, such as Public Works Director Larry Coloni and Building Inspector Linn Summers.

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