Residents wanting to do business in on a Friday will have limited opportunities to do so between now and the end of the year.
Thanks to an unusual occurrence of the calendar, most City Hall employees will have seven out of the nine Fridays in November and December off.
City Hall operates under a “Modified Friday” schedule every other week of the year, which results in most City Hall employees having those Fridays off. On Modified Fridays, only the parking permits and cashier counters in the first-floor lobby are open. On non-Modified Fridays, City Hall offers full services with all departments open.
Dec. 9 and 23 are the only Fridays until the end of the year that City Hall will offer full services, according to Christof Schroeder, City Hall’s legal services manager.
If all this sounds confusing, it’s best to call ahead if you want to do any business in City Hall on a Friday.
Here’s a breakdown of the Friday closings:
Friday, Nov. 25 – Closed for Thanksgiving.
Friday, Dec. 2 – Modified Friday.
Friday, Dec. 9 – All City Hall departments open.
Friday, Dec. 16 – Modified Friday.
Friday, Dec. 23 – All City Hall departments open.
Friday, Dec. 30 – Modified Friday.
Even though City Hall will officially be open and offering full services on Friday, Dec. 23, there will likely only be a skeletal staff working that day. The city does not recognize Christmas or any religious holiday, but employees are given five “floating holidays” each year to use as they want. Many employees take time around Christmas off as one of their floating holidays or vacation time.