Cache County responding to floods, potential return to five-day work week

Cache County Executive Lynn Lemon’s schedule has been stretched by the concerns potential flooding present in northern Utah, in addition to working with the County Council in preparing a response to the legislature’s decision to return to a five-day work week. “Of course it is ultimately up to the County Council but I think we will follow the state,” said Lemon. “We originally adopted the four-day week because of the problems it created for us in Motor Vehicles, where that was the busiest office and they were only going to be available four days a week because of the state schedule.” Lemon said the County Recorder’s Office initially went to the four, 10-hour days but then ran into problems. “There were continual requests for them to be available on Fridays for recordings. So they have been available Fridays to open their office if someone calls and requests it. They have made an accommodation in those cases and have opened their office at times from noon to 4 p.m.” Governor Huntsman advocated the four-day workweek as a way to save money and Lemon said a little bit of money was saved. “I talked to the legislators who said ‘If you really want to save money close the offices continually.’ The decision was finally that they were more interested in providing services to the community than they were in saving money. I don’t think it saved near the amount of money some thought it would.” Dealing with flooding, Lemon said there was evidence Monday the Blacksmith Fork River had receded. “Yesterday (Monday) when we were concerned with the bridge in Millville, I went up Blacksmith Fork Canyon and there was less water up there than there was a couple of weeks ago. “I heard it crested sometime Monday morning. There are still problems and, certainly when it warms up again, we know flooding on the Logan River is going to be a major concern.”

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