Not one person who works in this building for 9 hours wants to have to go home and work.
That may be true why then is the Clerk working at home after putting in a 9 hour day? That’s what he said at the Tuesday August 26, 2014 *CCM. For a very long time the Clerk had one full-time person in his office his self and a part-timer now however, he has a deputy clerk, a full-time person a part-time person and is interviewing for another full-timer. So why the need to take home a laptop computer? Why the need to work from home? What work isn’t being done in 9 hours? According to the Clerk he’s been working from home after having our IT people set up everything for him at his home. He’s been using his own computer and that computer has “fried” twice and he had to repair it. Councilman Berry who wasn’t comfortable with the Clerk taking anything home to do work on had the Laptop taken out of the request for new equipment and the laptop subject was sent to a study session. Councilman Berry said if the equipment isn’t working and is out dated in the Clerks office it’s time to replace it. Buying him a laptop isn’t going to solve the problem.
The Clerk did say that every department head has the same problem when it comes to out dated equipment and that offices inside City Hall can’t even communicate with one another. The Clerk stated that he can’t type something in is office and have another office get it because they do not operate on the same systems. He all so said that they’ve been promised for years that new equipment is coming and it never does. All true statements as Ray Muscat said during the public section of the meeting,
I’ve been listening to you people talk about IT for the past 3 or 4 years that I’ve been coming to these meetings, and nothing ever gets done.
Around 3 years ago the City paid to have a study done on its IT that study cost the taxpayer over $30,000.00. Did the administration ever take advantage of the suggestions in that report? No. Shortly after that the Mayor announced to all the residents that the city wasn’t doing as well has he’d been telling us. Well the time has come take down that study dust it off and start dong the changes that need to get done. Mr. Mayor you’re boasting about a surplus budget well start spending that money on repairing what’s badly needed in the City. Start buying some new equipment for your people. Please don’t go with the cheapest crap out there buy something that’s going to last longer than a year. What about storing things in the Cloud where people who need to have access to it can find it from any device any place including their home. If an employee of the City elected or other wise want’s to work from home and it’s a secure connection they should, but on their own equipment.
Mr. Clerk if you can’t get what you need to get done in 9 hours then it’s time for you to look at your organization skills and find where the problem is. If however, you might be more comfortable working from your home, fewer interruptions and so on fine. That can be done on your own equipment. I’m sure there are many employees that would like to work from home and have the city pay for a new computer/laptop to do that work on. Council members us their own computers, laptops, iPads, and Tablets for all City business. They haven’t ever put in to fix their equipment, buy new equipment at home and so on. I might have missed it, but I’ve never heard the Mayor put in for a computer at home, or his assistant. I’ve never heard the Treasure put in for equipment at home. I’ve never heard of one department head put in for any kind of equipment at home.
Council this is setting a precedent, if you approve this for the Clerk then be prepared to approve it for everyone else yourselves included. Don’t misunderstand me I would love to see Council members using Tablets or iPads at the council meetings. I’m not against upgrading and moving this city to the 21st century and by god it’s needed. What I do have a problem with is someone who say’s they can’t get their work done in a 9 hour work day. This might have been true when he was so short-staffed, but why not wait and see now that he’s gotten more workers in the office? Need I remind everyone this coming from a man who one month ago ‘resigned’ at a public council meeting. He was adamant about leaving than in a blink of an eye decided to stay. What changed in a day? What if anything was he promised in order to stay? In a months time he after saying he didn’t want the job now is coming before the council asking the taxpayers to flip the bill for new equipment for him to work from home.
*CCM City Council Meeting