Should Town Hall Be Open Five Days a Week?

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Teaneck officials say they are reviewing ways to keep the Municipal Building open on Fridays after critics have long called for the five-day week to be restored. 

Details of any possible changes to the schedule have not been disclosed. The four-day week was first implemented in 2009 and brought extended hours on Tuesdays. 

Opponents of the schedule have said the hours are inconvenient, making it hard to pay tickets and for contractors to do business with the town. 

What do you think? Should Teaneck switch back to a five-day town hall schedule? What schedule would work best for you? 


YOSEMITE SAM January 23, 2013 at 07:16 AM
zizi January 23, 2013 at 02:34 PM
Almost anything Teaneck does.... results in increasing the taxes....... They are good at that.....
JamesTS January 23, 2013 at 02:40 PM
How would this increase taxes?? they work the same hours just at differnt times. To me this is just another political issue not really that important to "avergae' teaneck residents. I would like to see the council deal with all the closing stores then fighting about this pretty small issue. How many people really need to go to town hall on friday anyway??? paying tickets can be done online 24-7.
Art Vatsky January 23, 2013 at 02:43 PM
I am not happy with the Council on this and other subjects. The current policy reeks of favoritism to a sub group of municipal employees while, for instance, our DPW truck workers lack a truck garage and our residents near the Cedar Lane Streetscape lack bus shelters. The Council is stalling, blaming "union negotiations" but our library has unionized workers and it is open seven days a week. Check that contract. How about calling the few NJ Townships that have extended hours and see how they handle it? The "experiment" is over. It was a failure since its beginning 170 Fridays ago in August 2009. The majority of Teaneck citizens want the return of the 5 day Town Hall work week. Is the Council deaf? Stop the obvious foot dragging.
Jacob January 23, 2013 at 02:47 PM
Any increase in hours will result in higher taxes. No one in that building will work more hours for the same pay and if they put in flex-time, nothing will get done because you know that the person who needs to move something along wil miraculously not be there. Change the hours if you want but make sure everyone works at same time - all 40 hours of the week. Otherwise, things will get done slower than they do now (grind to a halt). JamesTS is correct. Just another political issue by those who have it in for the Council and Manager. Especially the Manager.
JamesTS January 23, 2013 at 02:47 PM
Art i really respect what you do for Teaneck causes but this really sounds like conspiracy theory stuff. Favoratism of town hall vs. DPW? why?? why would the council care?? Honestly how many people truly use town hall on friday? how many of these services can be moved online to cut costs AND increase efficiencies.
JamesTS January 23, 2013 at 02:49 PM
Let me add: i agree that DPW yard is run down and disgraceful. Look at englewood's DPW palace. BUT council must prioritize matters.. our business districts are failing so i think that needs to come first!
Art Vatsky January 23, 2013 at 03:41 PM
James: I agree with you. The questions you ask should be answered by the Council. Friday's are the worst days to close the Town Hall because it delays municipal transactions such as permits, fine paying and real estate transfers by 3 or 4 days. No residents asked for Friday closure. A very few - less than a dozen - asked for extended hours. Yet the Council took the issue and ran with it. Note: I don't blame the town hall employees. They didn't ask for this. As far as I know, this was totally the Township's initiative. What bargaining unit, once given an extra 52 days off per year, would not resist returning to a 5 day work week?
paul schwartz January 23, 2013 at 05:10 PM
This week the town hall employees only work 3 days... as well as any other week in which a holiday falls on a thursday or monday... how is that right? I believe a 5 day work week is appropriate
PM January 23, 2013 at 06:26 PM
How about cutting the tony benefits for the township manager who lives over 90 miles away and is provided a car. (I dont know - but I am guessing - we also pay his gas and tolls). If that outrageous benefit is done away with, we can keep taxes lower. Then again, the council is so liberal, they give away the store.
Tee Smyth January 23, 2013 at 09:01 PM
Jackson, NJ is not 90 miles away from Teaneck.
PM January 24, 2013 at 01:30 AM
Tee...its still too far away...do you like that your money is paying for a vehicle for someone who probably doesn't work a full five day week? The council members never reply why this perk was granted. What are they hiding?
JAD January 24, 2013 at 02:42 AM
Jackson is 70 miles one way from Teaneck so though PM may have been wrong in their calculations I don't think 140 miles round trip 4 days a week is something to put lightly either. In my opinion, this is a perk generally offered to high level township employees but historically they lived within reasonable distance to their place of employment. I'm more willing to bet no one was bright enough to connect the dots prior to employment what the costs would be prior to including this in his compensation package.
Tee Smyth January 24, 2013 at 04:16 AM
I have no dog in the fight....I was just stating the facts about the mileage. As for the Council, if I recall correctly, Barbara Toffler was the only one vehemently against the issuance of the car. If residents are now angry, welp....vote better. LOL.
JamesTS January 24, 2013 at 04:24 AM
Who cares where people live if they perform job duties at a high level??? many many town employees do not live in teaneck but i feel they do a good job (overall). You do know that Englewood and Hackensck also give cars to town manager? Teaneck also gives cars to people in police/fire departments. Its very common practice in towns all over. These personal attacks on town employees must stop. Petty politics is all Teaneck cares about now. No wonder the town is falling apart while everyone debates and files lawsuits.
JAD January 24, 2013 at 05:04 AM
James because an issue is not, in your opinion, as important as others does not invalidate others choosing to make it important to them. I don't think it's a huge deal myself but I also think the perk goes outside the spirit for which it was intended. 140 miles round trip to ones job is outside what one would consider a normal or average commute. I do hope he was atleast furnished with a hybrid to save on gas.
Art Vatsky January 24, 2013 at 05:33 AM
JamesTS: Now we differ. First, the Manager's commute is about 3 hours a day and probably 7 gallons of gas but that was his choice, and hence not our responsibility. Second, at the same time Teaneck granted the car, thousands of US municipalities were ending the use of take-home cars for budget reasons. If it had not been granted, perhaps the hardship and expense of the commute would have convinced the Manager to relocate closer to or in Teaneck. Early on, I suggested that he use a nearby hotel - Glenpointe? - when needed to ease the strain on himself. I thought the Township could establish a budget item of say, one night a month to cover the expense. Instead, they granted him the car, an extremely poor environmental use of Teaneck tax dollars. 7 gallons a day times (only) 180 days/year is 1260 gallons annually and at least $3,780. Distance and time do matter and the Teaneck Council has created another bad precedent by granting this perk. Finally, I don't think "petty politics" describes the situation at the Council at all. There is nothing petty about a government that appears to disrespect its own municipal code, deny basic equipment to its employees or follow due process. This isn't a petty situation. This is a major problem.
YOSEMITE SAM January 24, 2013 at 02:58 PM
Marcia Strean January 24, 2013 at 03:34 PM
i infrequently need to contact the Municpal building, but I have had to wait three days when I called on a Friday. Am I wrong that the pay was the same though a day was cut from their schedule? Keep the pay and add the day.
PM January 24, 2013 at 06:43 PM
James. you can pay the tab and let me have my money. Fair?
shimon baum January 25, 2013 at 01:12 AM
Only in this town would working a full work week be considered an issue.
Tee Smyth January 25, 2013 at 02:03 PM
Yes, so they can respond to records requests. LOL.
zizi January 26, 2013 at 03:39 AM
PM: James is loaded
zizi February 01, 2013 at 07:00 PM
It takes a Teaneck worker a full day to fulfill one record request....... now.. that in itself sounds fishy...... unless the worker is inventing the record...that is the only way anyone can believe why it takes them a day.....
Art Vatsky February 10, 2013 at 02:35 PM
This week and next week are only 3 day weeks because there is a holiday in each and the 4 day week. As the town hall was closed Friday, it will be closed 4 consecutive days before the 10 depts will be open again. True, the town hall will open at 8 am instead of 8:30 on Tuesday. Does that really matter? Give us back our 5 day town hall.
zizi February 10, 2013 at 05:07 PM
Abolish 4 day work week..... for every township employee... if you can not work... like your bosses (Teaneck tax payers) go take a hike... you are all fired..... But this is Teaneck... the next step would be 2 day work weeks......
Art Vatsky February 11, 2013 at 01:29 AM
I know I am a broken record on this issue about the 4 and 3 day work weeks but, then again, I did not create it. The Council did. Today I learned that a long commute for police officers in Los Angeles is about 40 miles. Our manager's commute is ~65 miles yet the manager heard the Mayor say the Council wants a return to the five day workweek. Let's see what happens.


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