Jackson Town Hall closed

The back door of the Jackson Town Hall was plastered with notices Friday afternoon, including building closures, cancellations and declarations by the Town Council stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Teton County commissioners chose to lock the county’s administrative buildings for 10 days starting Monday in an attempt to curb contact between employees still at work and visitors streaming through the doors.

Business will continue mostly as usual, but those who need to get into the buildings will have to call ahead or otherwise make appointments. That applies to the Teton County Administration Building, Teton County Courthouse and other county buildings such as the old library, which houses the public works department.

Marriage licenses, vehicle registrations, voter registration, vehicle identification numbers (the latter available from the Teton County Sheriff’s Office) and the like will still be available with prior notice.

The goal is, in part, to give staff the ability to disperse crowds. Teton County Treasurer Katie Smits illustrated the point in a community meeting Friday afternoon, noting that, although the door to the treasurer’s office is shut and locked, 10 or 15 people can be found waiting in the lobby “at most times in the day.”

“I am all in for locking the building down,” she said. “We’re still exposed to people all day long.”

Contact Billy Arnold at 732-7063 or barnold@jhnewsandguide.com.

Teton County Reporter

Previously the Scene editor, Billy Arnold made the switch to the county beat where he's interested in exploring Teton County as a model for the rest of the West. When he can, he still writes about art, music and whatever else suits his fancy.

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