NORTH ADAMS -- City offices and departments will revert back to "normal" hours of operation at the start of the new year.
As of Jan. 1, the city's offices and departments will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The request, to make the city's "summer hours" of operation permanent, submitted by Mayor Richard J. Alcombright in September, was one of several items filed by the City Council during its Tuesday night meeting.
Originally, the council extended the city's "summer hours" at its Oct. 8 meeting, with city office hours running Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, and postponed a vote on the request, allowing time for its General Government Committee to meet on the issue.
City Councilors voted 7-1 in favor of filing the request on Tuesday, following the three-member General Government Committee's failure to establish a quorum to discuss the topic. Council President Michael Bloom cast the lone dissenting vote. Councilor Nancy Bullett was absent.
Councilors Jennifer Breen and Marie Harpin, who are on the committee with Councilor Keith Bona, apologized for being unable to attend the two meetings scheduled in the past two weeks.
The decision to file Alcombright's request came after much discussion about whether the council should amend the city's ordinances to reflect the change or file it to allow the incoming City Council the chance to weigh in on the issue.
Councilor John Barrett III said the council had to make a decision, as the hours of operation had been in violation of the city's ordinances since September.
"Let the new council look at it," he said.
Councilor Lisa Blackmer said the ordinance needs to reflect the ongoing hours -- that either the ordinance needed to be amended or hours had to revert back to a Monday to Friday schedule of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The council also filed a communication, originally submitted in July by Councilor David Bond, about speeding on North Street. The council voted to send a traffic study, conducted by Traffic Commission Chairwoman Mary Ann King, to the Traffic Commission for further review.
King, a North Street resident and the city's parking clerk, conducted the traffic study on six different days, at various times, with a hand-held Genesis-VP radar, which was calibrated before each use. Three days of the study were done with the use of a police cruiser and three days without.
She explained to the council the speed limit on the residential street is 30 miles per hour and that only 11 of the 69 vehicles in the survey were traveling at speeds higher that 30 miles per hour. Of those exceeding the speed limit, only one vehicle was traveling at an excessively high speed of 43 miles per hour. Four of the 11 cars exceeding the 30 mile per hour speed limit were North Street residents, she said.
"It's a matter of perception," King said during the meeting. "When you're standing still, your perception of a car going by makes it seem faster."
She said drivers who were recorded going faster than the speed limit were sent a letter by Police Director Michael Cozzaglio.
The council also filed a request to increase the mayor's salary from Bloom, along with communication submitted by Councilor Jennifer Breen requesting the adoption of a senior citizen abatement work program. Both issues can be brought back in the new year.
The council also set the city's tax classification hearing, which will take place during its next scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 10.