NORRISTOWN -- The Montgomery County commissioners will make a decision in two weeks on whether to allow a four-day workweek for county employees.

The county is sending out surveys to all department heads and row officers (elected department heads).

These surveys will seek input on current work schedules, on how a four-day workweek would or would not help them and on possible impacts on other departments with which they interact.

"The end goal is the recognition of the cost of commuting and the need to reduce the number of people on the roads while determining whether a four-day workweek is a practical solution," said Commissioners' Chairman James R. Matthews.

"We will be exploring all possibilities," said county Chief Operating Officer Robert W. Graf, promising to have the results of those surveys in the hands of the commissioners by next Friday.

County Recorder of Deeds Nancy J. Becker first proposed the idea of a four-day workweek two weeks ago. She asked the commissioners for the OK to allow her 29 employees as well as a handful of employees from the county board of assessments to work a flextime program on a trial basis during the summer.

Under a four-day work plan, Becker said that the office's hours of operation actually would be extended, which would be good for the public.

The hours of operation now are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Monday through Friday. Under the flextime arrangement, the office would open at 7:30 a.m. and its doors would remain open until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The flex-time program also would be in keeping with the county's "green" initiatives because employees would be driving to and from work one less day a week, according to Becker.

Finally, said Becker, her employees were "very receptive" to having three-day weekends because they would be off either on a Friday or a Monday under the plan.

The flextime schedule would also boost morale, said Becker.

The commissioners at that time said they would consider her proposal.

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