BY SETH DUKES AND CHAD HOBBS
Some Meade County Offices are trying to slow the spread of COVID-19 by limiting in-person contact.
The courthouse is open to essential services only. In-person services will be limited to those strictly necessary to be conducted in person.
“We appreciate the hard work and determination of the public,” Meade County Fiscal Court said in a Facebook post. “As difficult as these restrictions may be, the Meade County Courthouse must do its part to practice stringent social distancing while providing essential services. The health and safety of all of us depend on it.”
In a conversation with Judge/Executive Leslie Stith last week, he pointed out that Meade County’s cases continue to be high and that many of the area hospitals are at or nearing capacity. Harrison County Hospital had reached the point of no longer being able to take more patients last week and many of the Louisville hospitals were at 85% capacity or higher. As anyone who has ever spent much time at the courthouse can attest to, Stith also pointed out that most people would be surprised at the large amount of foot traffic that comes through the doors on a typical day. The situation is being closely monitored with hopes of reopening to the public once the current spike subsides and incident rates of COVID-19 drop, as Meade County currently continues to be in the red.
The County Clerk’s Office announced they were closing to the public on Dec. 2. Most transactions will be processed through mail, the dropbox in the lobby, online or by phone. However, the office will make appointments for vehicle transfers, marriage licenses, passports and notaries. For more information, call 270-422-2152.
The Circuit Clerk’s office is also limiting in-person contact. They’re open to appointments only for driver’s licensing — changes to your license or CDL. Payments for fines or court costs should be mailed or put in the dropbox in the lobby. All court is being held virtually.
“These are unprecedented times and we are following orders of the Kentucky Supreme Court and trying to protect the public and the employees,” said Meade County Circuit Clerk Ellen Lindsey.
Meade County Sheriff Phillip Wimpee is attempting to lower the amount of in-person interactions in his office. The office provided the public a variety of other options to utilize needed services. CCDW new or renewals can be changed online at kspportal.ky.gov/ccdw. Accident reports can be obtained at www.buycrash.com. Case reports can be obtained online at www.buycrimes.com. Tax bill lookups can be done at www.meadecounty.gov/sheriffsoffice.com. To speak to an on-duty officer, call the Meade County 911 Center at 270-422-4911. To reach personnel in the Sheriff’s Office, call 270-422-4937.
All of these restrictions are in effect until further notice.