LISBON — The Town Council voted Tuesday night to change Town Office hours back to the previous schedule because energy savings and a four-day workweek are not producing benefits as expected.

The Town Office will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday starting Dec. 4. It’s now open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. 

“The biggest reason we’re going back to (the old schedule) is because the energy savings didn’t work,” council Chairman Allen Ward said, “and the four-day week is getting more complicated for staff versus what it was perceived to benefit.”

The Lisbon Library will also go back to a piece of its old schedule, reopening on Mondays for the public.

Library Director Diane Nadeau found there was not a lot of traffic from 5 to 6 p.m. on days other than Tuesdays and that patrons missed having the library open Monday.

“We would bring back six days of service to the community,” Nadeau said. “And I really think it will be a benefit to the Lisbon community.”

The library’s new hours are 8:30 a.m. to noon Monday, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Councilors also agreed to set up a fund in memory of Lisbon resident and library patron Linda Patrick, who passed away last month.

The Linda S. Patrick Memorial Fund will be set up through the town’s financial system and the funds will be deposited and expended through the Library Department.

“The family has requested that the funds be used to purchase books for the collection,” Nadeau said. “She was an avid reader. And to purchase and construct new flower window boxes for the front of the library.”

In other business the council:

• Awarded Eugene Dackmine the Boston Post Cane as Lisbon’s oldest resident. Dackmine turns 100 next month;

• Announced the municipal election will take place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Lisbon High School gym; and

• Announced its next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Town Office.


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