Temporary changes coming to Wallingford planning office

Temporary changes coming to Wallingford planning office

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WALLINGFORD — The public can expect to see some changes at the Planning and Zoning Department while the town planner is out on maternity leave.

Kacie Hand, who’s expecting her first child with husband Mark Hand, anticipates her leave will start in mid-March.

Under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, Hand is entitled to up to 12 weeks of medical leave.

An employee's FMLA leave can be paid up to the extent that they have paid leave time available, according to town Human Resources Director Jim Hutt.

Employees on approved FMLA leave can take up to 12 weeks of leave that is paid, and then unpaid if their paid leave time is exhausted, he said.

Tom Talbot, a former assistant planner in the Wallingford office from 1987 to 2001, has been hired on a part-time basis. His start date is slated for Feb. 26.

He’ll be staffing the Planning and Zoning Commission meetings in Hand’s place, Hand said Friday.

Talbot won’t keep Hand’s established public hours, Hand said. Since his hours are slated to be part-time, they won’t be consistent with Hand’s currently set hours.

People will need to call the office and find out what the public hours are, but as it gets closer to her anticipated leave date, there will be more established hours, Hand said.

In addition to Talbot, Zoning Enforcement Officer Amy Torre went full-time in December and will be able to answer some questions.

“I think we have a good plan in place,” Hand said.

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