Petersen against 4 day workweek and park strip restoration

It won’t be long before the Cache County Council will be deciding whether or not to continue operating on a four-day workweek. Right now most county offices are open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and then are closed on Friday. Immediate past Cache County Council Chairman, Craig Petersen, says he voted against the four-day workweek when it was initiated and he will probably vote against it again. “I know it’s a convenience for some employees although for other employees it’s extremely difficult because of child care and things like that,” says Petersen. “I think there’s not clear evidence that we saved a lot in terms of energy usage and that was the plan, our reason for doing this.” Besides difficulties for employees and lacking strong evidence of any savings, Petersen also believes the four-day work week has been difficult for people who use the county’s services. “I think that we confused the public. There are some people that like to come in early hours or late hours but there are a lot of people that find that being closed on Friday is a difficulty for them.” Peterson says he expects that once again the majority of the council will vote to remain on the four-day work week. He says it would be difficult to change as long as the state is on that program because the motor vehicle office would be closed on Friday as it is now. A heavy agenda awaits members of the Logan Municipal Council Tuesday night after re-elected Mayor Randy Watts and councilmembers Holly Daines and Dean Qauyle have been sworn in. Several controversial issues will be up for discussion including landlord licensing, vehicle booting and parkstrips. Neighborhood Coordinator James Geier will report on the completion of taking back city-owned park strips in single-family neighborhoods, a project opposed by property owners who were allowed to use the land for parking for many years. Cache County councilmember Craig Petersen is a resident of Logan and a former member of the Logan Planning Commission. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Monday he weighed in on the park strip issue. “I can see the objective there, but I think it was pursued in a one size fits all,” Petersen said. “I would have looked at things on a case-by-case basis.” Petersen said that by taking a universal approach to the park strip issue, some Logan residents have suffered. “I think there were some people who were seriously, negatively impacted by that and there could have been some consideration for their special circumstances. I also have some concern that what we’ve done is taken cars off the park strips and put them on the streets.” Petersen says if he’d been a member of the municipal council he would have looked for a way to provide greater latitude for people The council meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. and Mayor Watts will also be presenting his State of the City Address. Petersen also announced on Monday that he is pleased to be on U.S. Senator Bob Bennett’s list of council supporters throughout the state. Petersen says he feels the Republican incumbent is very intelligent and thoughtful. Petersen also says Utah is a very small state and it needs all the influence it can get. Petersen says Bennett has a lot of seniority and because he’s well respected he is able to use his influence to benefit the state of Utah.

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