The Benham City Council took action to shorten business hours at City Hall during a meeting on Thursday, deciding the close for business at noon on Wednesdays.
Council member Patsy McKechnie brought up the topic, mentioning the amount of work City Clerk Jessica Smith is responsible for.
“I look at all of this paperwork and all of the work that comes to Jess (Smith),” McKechnie said. “How she does all of that, I have no idea.”
McKechnie suggested closing city hall at noon on Wednesdays to allow Smith time to catch up with the paperwork that accumulates through the week.
“It’s a zoo in her office,” McKechnie said. “People will still have four and a half days to do whatever their business is…I would like to see her have a little break with all this.”
Council member Howard White said the residents need to be notified. Mayor Wanda Humphrey suggested putting a notice in with the next bills city hall sent to residents.
White made a motion to close city hall at noon on Wednesdays. The motion passed with no opposition.
The council also discussed a city parking ordinance.
Smith mentioned the council had asked her to look into the ordinance at the last meeting.
“It shall be unlawful for any person to leave any vehicle or any other thing that may be a nuisance, obstruction or hindrance in or on any street, alley or sidewalk within the city either during the day or the night,” Smith read from the ordinance.
She explained a vehicle parked on Spruce Street would fall under the ordinance.
Smith informed the council the ordinance also prohibits any vehicle to be parked in the same place on a city street continuously for more than 24 hours. Any vehicle left longer than 24 hours may be considered abandoned and towed.
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