Taneytown mayor to open City Hall by appointment

THE BALTIMORE SUN

In a nod to Taneytown's working population, Mayor Henry Heine has introduced a by-appointment, after-hours service for people who can't come to City Hall between 8 a.m. and 4: 30 p.m.

"It's not just for commuters," Heine said.

He said some people who work in town may be unable to get away for the length of time they need to conduct city business, such as applying for a building permit or poring over the city's zoning map.

The service is a cross between the old days, when Taneytown's City Hall was routinely open until 7: 30 p.m. and the future, when residents will have the convenience of e-mailing a building permit request and calling up the city code on the Internet.

Heine, elected in May, started regular office hours from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays. He tried to think of a way to extend City Hall hours without added cost, and without wasting a staff member's time if no one showed up.

Heine said staff members who have to stay late for such appointments may take compensatory time, such as leaving early on another day.

"It really doesn't cost the city any money," Heine said.

Heine and the city manager and clerk all expect the requests for night appointments to be rare. So far, no one has asked, and the service was advertised in the town's newsletter at the beginning of this month.

Pub Date: 9/21/99

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