Ocmulgee monument open as workers return to work

Staff reportOctober 17, 2013 

The Ocmulgee National Monument is open for visitors, more than two weeks after workers there -- and at other federal sites across the midstate -- were sent home because of the partial government shutdown.

“We are open,” said Jim David, the park’s superintendent, said shortly after 9 a.m.

David said he got an email from a supervisor late Wednesday afternoon telling him that a deal seemed imminent. He, in turn, alerted his staffers that a return to normal operations was in the offing.

“My boss said to try to resume operations as soon as possible,” so that’s what the monument did, he said.

David said there are 12 full-time workers at the Indian Mounds and three part-time workers. A couple of his workers live in the Atlanta area, so it will take them a little longer to report.

Furloughed federal workers by the thousands began returning to their jobs across Middle Georgia -- and the country -- Thursday after 16 days off the job.

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