County releases furlough schedules Dec. 27-30

Merced County released its plan to serve residents during the furlough period Dec. 27-30.

In late November, the Board of Supervisors approved labor agreements that implemented periodic furloughs for all non-critical county functions throughout the next two years. The approved agreements will save county taxpayers about $2 million a year, the county said in a news release.

The county said in the release it’s undertaken a best effort to identify those areas that are critical and mandated, such as public safety and several social service programs to keep open during the period.

Most functions, such as the library, parks (Lake Yosemite), planning and permitting and other administrative functions will be closed during the week immediately after Christmas. Normal operations will resume on Jan. 3, 2012.

“The county understands this may inconvenience some who are looking to access non-critical county functions during the furloughs for which we apologize in advance,” Jim Brown, county executive officer, said in the release. “We hope that providing notice will assist them with planning and we look forward to resuming our normal operations on Jan. 3.”

The county operations schedule for Dec. 24 to Jan. 2, 2012:

Animal Control Animal Releases Closed on Dec. 24 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 27 and 29

Castle Airport Flight Operations 24-hour operations

Human Services Agency Family Visitation Center 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 27-30

Wardrobe Facility 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 27-30 Aid Applications and Programs and Medi-Cal Assistance

Mental Health Marie Green 24-hour operations

Probation Adult Probation 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 27-30 Merced Office

Juvenile Justice Normal operation Correctional Complex

Recorder’s Office Recordings 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Dec. 27-30

Sheriff Operations and Corrections Normal operations

All other County Departments will be closed during this period.

A calendar of County furlough days will be published on the county’s website at www.co.merced.ca.us for the public’s review.

For more information about Merced County or department schedules and available services, contact the appropriate department staff or visit the Merced County website at www.co.merced.ca.us.