County Offices Closed 12/23-12/27 for Winter Holiday Week
LAKE COUNTY, CA (December 13, 2019) – The majority of County Offices will be closed to the public Monday, December 23, through Friday, December 27, in observance of the holidays. In previous years, the County observed a three-day closure surrounding Christmas day. Beginning in July of this year, the Board of Supervisors took action to provide employees in all represented and unrepresented groups five days off in consideration of the Winter Holidays.
As previously reported by local media, the Lake County Library’s branches will also be closed Saturday, 12/28, and Lake County Animal Care and Control will be closed to the general public 12/28, as well.
“Historically, demand for most County services has lulled around the holidays,” notes County Administrative Officer, Carol J. Huchingson. “Our Board saw this norm as an opportunity to partner with labor representatives to provide employees a meaningful benefit, without prohibitive additional cost to the County’s General Fund. Employees have in recent years been provided two annual personal days, and those were exchanged by our employee groups for more time off around the holidays.”
“While our offices will generally be closed to the public, County officials and select staff will work behind closed doors to fulfill mandates and support critical functions,” continues Huchingson. “Behavioral Health Crisis services, Jail staff, Sheriff Patrol and Central Dispatch, for example, will remain available 24/7. Some departments have made additional accommodations for local independent Special Districts, and our Auditor-Controller anticipates issuing payroll checks for the local entities their office supports.”
Concern has been expressed regarding late-December Real Estate transactions, and County Assessor-Recorder Richard Ford reports, “We will open the office Friday [December 20] to compensate for the added year-end volume.” Ford additionally notes, “We evaluate the calendar and adjust accordingly, every year.”
County Public Works Director, Scott De Leon, affirmed, “Road crews will be on-call and available to respond to road hazards, as required.” Any hazards should first be reported to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), and CHP will appropriately route the inquiry.
Public Services Director, Lars Ewing, reported the Eastlake Landfill will be closed to the public December 24-26, but otherwise open daily from 7am-3pm.
Outdoor County Park facilities will be available during their customary hours. Lower Lake Historic Schoolhouse Museum and the Historic Courthouse Museum in Lakeport will be open Friday and Saturday, December 27 and 28, from 10am-4pm. The Courthouse Museum will likewise maintain their customary Sunday hours December 29, 12 noon-4pm. Gibson Museum and Cultural Center in Middletown is closed for a building remodel through January 2, 2020.
Residents may be aware Superior Courts in the County of Lake will be open the week of December 23, with the exception of Christmas Day. All County offices with responsibilities to support court-related matters and proceedings have planned to provide appropriate coverage. The Sheriff’s Records Bureau and Civil Division will be open 8am-12 noon, with the exception of Christmas Day.