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Monte councilman says city violating rules with hour changes

Montesano City Councilman Tyler Trimble says the city is in violation of its own city codes by not opening the doors at 8 a.m. and staying open until 5 p.m.

At last week’s council meeting, Trimble provided a copy of the city code, which states clear hours of operations and must be changed by approval of the City Council.

Earlier this month, Mayor Ken Estes changed the hours of operation from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. because city staff needed the extra hour in the morning for preparation time and training.

Trimble says Estes unilaterally made the change without contacting or seeking approval from the City Council.

City Administrator Kristy Powell says she ran the change by City Attorney Dan Glenn, who OK’ed the change. Glenn explained that the code just means City Hall has to be open from those hours, not necessarily open to the public. And, in this case, employees are present and working at 8 a.m., even if the public isn’t interacting with them.

Trimble says he doesn’t buy it.

“This isn’t right,” Trimble said.