MABTON - Citing a need for city hall to be more available to citizens, the Mabton City Council last night, Tuesday, agreed to allow Mayor Angel Reyna to explore the option of having city offices open Monday through Friday.
The city moved to a four-day work week about six years ago in a budget cutting move.
However, having city services closed on Friday makes it difficult for residents, said Councilman Mario Martinez.
"Being a small town we need to be flexible," he said. It was also noted that some residents are paid on Friday, and it's a hardship on them to not be able to come in and pay for city services on that day.
Council gave unanimous consent to look into a five-day work week plan. Mayor Angel Reyna noted that he needs to communicate with city employees about the plan.
In addition, Reyna said a seven-day notice for the employees is required before the change can take effect.
Reyna indicated he would bring an update on the work week change back to council in February for official action.
In other activity last night, the Mabton City Council agreed to a garbage rate increase because its service provider is experiencing rate increases at the county landfills.
The move means the typical Mabton household will pay about .80¢ more each month for garbage service.