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Onalaska city leaders may vote to shorten daily office hours for City Hall

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Local government offices around La Crosse County are usually closed for the day before 5 p.m.  One notable holdout is Onalaska City Hall, which continues to have offices open until 5…but maybe, not for much longer. 

At its February meeting on Tuesday, the Onalaska city council is being asked to consider turning out the lights earlier…perhaps, around 4 o’clock. 

City administrator Eric Rindfleisch cites a few reasons for shorter office hours…such as money-saving, and convenience for city workers.  Also cited is a sharp drop in personal visits to City Hall and an increase in on-line transactions since the beginning of the pandemic.   

Rindfleisch says Onalaska is the only municipality in La Crosse County which keeps its offices open until 5 p.m.  That means some city employees who are only supposed to work 40 hours a week have to keep the offices staffed 45 hours during the week. 

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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