After meeting with department heads and following a special meeting March 18 to discuss their options, Delaware County supervisors have chosen to keep the courthouse open as they monitor the COVID-19 (coronavirus).
Supervisor Jeff Madlom said the courthouse will be open on a limited basis, with restrictions in place.
The treasurer’s office will be completely closed. All other offices are open, with one person allowed in the office at a time. With the treasurer’s office closed, all driver license testing is also suspended.
In addition, the county attorney’s office will be closed to walk-in traffic. People are asked to call 563-927-3819 to speak with an attorney or to schedule an appointment.
“We do ask people to call in, email or check our website if they have something special they need,” Madlom said. “We know taxes are coming up, so there is a dropbox outside the treasurer’s office. People are more than welcome to use the dropbox on the main level of the courthouse.”
Cash and check payments are still being accepted in offices as are credit or debit cards.
A press release from the county asks that anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should refrain from entering any public building. The release states that “self-monitoring is required for members of the public as well as county employees. Stay home if you are ill or experiencing any symptoms.”
The secondary roads department will be open by appointment only. Madlom said county park officials are evaluating when to open county parks.
The courthouse will maintain its regular hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Madlom left open the possibility the courthouse may close earlier for cleaning. “If we have to close earlier in the afternoon for deep cleaning before the next day, we will do that. Right now, our custodian is working really hard wiping everything down. We’ve already been doing that for a couple of weeks and will continue to do that.”
Madlom said supervisors are making decisions about the courthouse in phases. “We wanted to try this instead of shutting the courthouse completely down. We will try this as phase one. If it works and people understand we are doing the best we can under the circumstances, then hopefully this will work. If something changes, we can always change our policy within a day or two. But hopefully, we won’t have to shut down the courthouse completely.”
Madlom said the phone number of each office will be posted on the doors of the courthouse. He encourages people to call the offices with questions. “The auditor’s office is overloaded with a lot of stuff, so by calling an office directly people can get the information they need on what procedures they may want to take and how they should do it and best minimize them coming into the office.”
Information on courthouse offices may be found at www.co.delaware.ia.us.