PRESS RELEASE - - Dated: November 12, 2020
BUFFALO COUNTY ANNOUNCES ACCESS TO COUNTY BUILDINGS
ARE LIMITED TO APPOINTMENT ONLY
The Buffalo County Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday, November 10th to temporarily limit access to county buildings to appointment only effective 4:30 p.m. Friday November 13, 2020 after seeing a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in the community. People who need services will need to call ahead and make an appointment. The building entrances will be locked and customers with prearranged appointments will be instructed on how to enter the building. All individuals entering the building may be subject to temperature and symptom screening and are required to wear a mask to protect the health and safety of all employees and visitors unless they are exempt per Emergency Order #1.
Phone based and online services will be available; access the county website at www.buffalocounty.com for a department directory. Additionally, a secure drop box in the Sheriff’s Office entrance will be monitored frequently during business hours, to file documents with the Clerk of Courts and Register in Probate as well as for recording documents and vital records applications with the Register of Deeds to meet mandatory deadlines.
Members of the public should not expect to be allowed into the building, limited access may be allowed on a case-by-case basis for critical court proceedings and statutorily necessary hearings. If you have an upcoming hearing or need to inquire about the status of your case, please call the Clerk of Court at 608-685-6212.
If you have business with State of Wisconsin and/or USDA/FSA agencies within the Courthouse, please contact the appropriate office by phone before coming to the courthouse. The Department of Motor Vehicle is open Monday and Wednesday 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. for selected services only. DMV Services and information can be found online at www.wisconsindmv.gov.
It is important to note that the coronavirus outbreak is extremely fluid and subject to change. County officials are continually assessing conditions and are in close communications with the Buffalo County Health Department following guidance from the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control, and State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Regular updates are posted on the county’s website at www.buffalocounty.com and the Buffalo County Public Health Facebook page.
We continue to encourage everyone to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and protect the health of the public and our employees. We urge Buffalo County residents to maintain at least six feet of distance from others, wear a face covering, avoid gathering with individuals outside of your household, and stay home if possible.
CONTACT INFORMATION FOR BUFFALO COUNTY DEPARTMENTS:
PLEASE CALL BEFORE PHYSICALLY COMING TO THE COURTHOUSE
The Buffalo County Courthouse may look different to the public. While the building is open for services, many departments recommend calling before physically coming to the courthouse as there may be additional restrictions for visitors. Please consider conducting business via phone, e-mail, fax, mail or using the facility drop box to the maximum extent possible. Services may also be available curbside.
If you need to meet with a specific staff member or department, please call to make an appointment. If you are meeting with a staff member in their office, you may be asked to wear a mask to protect the health and safety of all employees and visitors.
Please maintain social distancing using the markings identified in the hallways. Honor the occupancy limit on the elevator.
Conference rooms are not available for public use until further notice. Public meetings will be made available via electronic means whenever possible.
Personal court appearances will continue to be limited to very rare and statutorily necessary hearings. Hearings will continue to be held telephonically or by other alternative means. If you have an upcoming hearing or need to inquire about the status of your case, please call the appropriate office by phone.
We appreciate your cooperation and working together during this challenging time.
DMV ~ DMVs are open for all driver license and ID card customers. Driver licenses can be renewed online for most customers. All vehicle transactions must be done online, by mail or 3rd party agents. Vehicle emission extensions are expiring. Renew your plates online by your due date to avoid a $10 late fee and then visit an emission testing facility.
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Contact Interim Emergency Management Director Bruce Fuerbringer for questions or more information.