January 16, 2020
NEW YEAR RINGS IN LONGER CLOSING TIMES FOR
WOONSOCKET CITY HALL DEPARTMENTS
WOONSOCKET, R.I: Mayor Lisa-Baldelli-Hunt announced today that all departments in Woonsocket City Hall that interact with the public have extended their office hours until 4:30 p.m. These departments include Building & Inspections, Planning & Zoning, Public Works, Personnel, Board of Canvassers, City Clerk, Tax Assessor and Treasury/Tax Collection. Previously, the majority of these departments had closed at 4:00 p.m.
Mayor Baldelli-Hunt explained her rationale for keeping City Hall offices open an additional thirty minutes each day. “Given that government is of the people, by the people, for the people, I thought it was important to extend the hours of City Hall to accommodate residents as well as the overall public since City government should be as accessible as possible to all,” noted Mayor Baldelli-Hunt.
City Council President Daniel Gendron supports the change in hours. “Extending City Hall’s hours of operation is an important modification that I am pleased to see. It is a simple way to further extend the first-rate customer service City Hall already offers.”
“We are happy to extend our City Hall office hours an additional thirty minutes each day to better meet the needs of our residents, establishments and other constituents who just could not get all of their City Hall business done by 4:00 p.m.,” exclaimed Mayor Baldelli-Hunt. “We learned that being open an extra thirty minutes each day really helps to accommodate their busy schedules.” The Mayor added, “We are constantly working to make it easier for residents and other users to get things done at City Hall whether it be through providing the longer operating hours or by offering online permitting, payment methods and applications.”