FAIRFIELD — The four years of employee furloughs that closed City Hall on Fridays conclude next month – a sign of better times in Fairfield, city officials say.
“It was something that had to be done,” Councilwoman Catherine Moy said of the furloughs. “It was a horrible decision for us to have to make.”
Ending the furloughs will cost the city about $2 million a year, said David White, assistant city manager.
Moy said problems they posed included long lines on Mondays to pay water bills and for other city services. She said the line could total more than 20 people and snake around the first floor to the elevators.
Bills can be paid online or by mail but some people prefer to make payments in person, the councilwoman said.
Mayor Harry Price also cited the wait to pay water bills as among issues the city faced with the furloughs.
“It’s been a major problem,” he said.
Contracts the City Council approved in 2013 provided for an end to the furloughs this year.
The Fairfield Employees’ Association agreed in 2010 to the furloughs, with 10 percent pay cuts that resulted in 36-hour weeks and no Friday work.
Details about when City Hall returns to a five-days-a-week schedule and hours of operation were not immediately available Wednesday. The first Friday in July is the Fourth of July.
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