Recent increases in the price of gasoline have sparked what the Wakulla County Commission hopes is an energy saving plan, a four-day, 10-hour workweek.
Parrish Barwick, Wakulla County administrator, says, "Our board looked up and felt that there was a concern with energy requirements and needs. Our state management department requested and asked for anyone to try to find ways to conserve energy, and this is a step in that direction."
Many county offices in Wakulla County will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. While the change was designed to save on gas, the new hours will of course affect county employees and residents.
Callie Quigg, a Wakulla County resident, says, "The thought came to me that it would limit at least one day out of the week that services would not be available to the public."
County employees say the extended Monday through Thursday hours allows residents to come in after normal business hours during those four days.
Vicky Smith, Housing Director for Wakulla County, says, "It also helps us as a department since we're on the phones a lot and seeing people a lot, being able to do our paperwork the hour before we see anybody and then that hour afterwards between five and six."
The county administrator says the new hours will be in effect until it is determined if and how much energy is saved.