Cicero and Salina's shared services revisited
After much consideration, Cicero Supervisor Judy Boyke requested at the Feb. 24 town board meeting that Town Assessor Brad Brennan increase his hours of service to the town.
"We need him for half days Monday through Friday," Boyke said. "Mornings or afternoons."
Brennan currently works from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday in the town of Cicero. He also serves as town assessor in Salina since an agreement of shared services was made between the towns last March. In general, Brennan worked two and one-half days in both Salina and Cicero each week, according to Boyke.
With the new hours, Brennan will be working in the afternoon five days per week.
Brennan said that he will begin working in the town of Salina in the mornings and then arrive in Cicero by 1 p.m. where he will work until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Since Brennan began serving both towns, he said there was some discussion of making a half-day schedule if it was needed.
"In my opinion, there haven't been any problems," Brennan said. "There certainly won't be any now."
Brennan said he is able to be in contact with residents for extended periods of time via e-mail. Specific appointments are also set up when necessary, he said.
Boyke's request became prevalent after she has seen a greater need for assessment services from community members.
"He needs to be more accessible to the town of Cicero people that have issues," Boyke told the Star-Review after the meeting. "They should be able to stop in ask him questions."
The Cicero Assessor's Office has four employees including Brennan, who works alongside two clerks and one appraiser's aide.
Because Brennan's services are shared with Salina, Cicero Town Attorney Anthony Rivizzigno contacted Salina Supervisor Mark Nicotra to discuss the changes in hours.