County building closures

The Teton County Administration Building in late March. The county is operating a bit differently because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The general rule of thumb? Call before you drop by. Doors are locked.

Commissioners have extended building closures through Monday, when they will revisit them.

The idea is to make a decision on how in-building operations will be conducted in light of the changes to public health orders made in the past day or so.

Some other changes will likely be made as well.

“Modifications are in the works for the admin building and maybe other buildings,” Teton County Board of County Commissioners’ Chair Natalia D. Macker said Monday.

Plexiglass guards and the like are on that list.

The goal, Macker said, is to make sure that “whenever reopening occurs, a setup is in place to maintain safety and access.”

If you need to access county services, here’s a guide to working with each of the main departments.

Assessor

  • Services: Property tax valuations
  • Phone: 733-4960

With property tax valuations sent out, Assessor Melissa Shinkle requests people call during the review period to discuss assessments over the phone.

Clerk

  • Services: Vehicle titles, marriage licenses, voter registration
  • Phone: 733-4430

Marriage licenses and vehicle titles cannot be handled over the phone. Clerk Sherry Daigle requests those that need one of these documents to call ahead before dropping by. Changing the address associated with your voter registration can be done over the phone. Changing political parties cannot. If voters need to do so, the clerk requests that people wait until the building reopens.

Integrated Solid Waste and Recycling

  • Services: Trash transfer station and recycling center
  • Phone: 733-7678

The trash transfer station has moved to a no-direct-contact policy, meaning cash, check and credit card transactions will no longer be processed at the scale house window.

Those looking to use the facility must set up a charge account, which can take up to 24 hours.

You can call the station at 307.733.7678 to set up your account.

ISWR requests people hold electronic waste, shredding and fluorescent bulb recycling for the time being. If there is a need for any of the three, call ahead for a no-direct-contact appointment.

Public Works

  • Services provided: Building and grading permits, and more
  • Phone: 733-3317

Pre-application conferences are being conducted electronically. Director of Public Works Heather Overholser requested people drop permit applications off in the old library book drop on the outside of the Public Works building. The department will follow up digitally.

Teton County Sheriff’s Office

  • Services: VIN Inspections
  • Phone: 733-4052

Call the Sheriff’s Office during regular business hours to schedule an appointment.

Treasurer

  • Services: Vehicle registrations and property tax payments
  • Phone: 733-4770

At the end of the month is the time when people usually show up at the Treasurer’s Office to process expiring vehicle registrations. Treasurer Katie Smits requested that people make payments through the website, or mail them. Registrations can be handled online or over the phone, as always. Call ahead if you are planning to drop by in person.

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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