County government officially declared a state of local emergency due
to the COVID-19 situation, during a fiscal court meeting held on
Tuesday, March 17.
The court met in special session and unanimously approved the
declaration. It became effective at 11 a.m. on March 17 and will
continue to be in place until rescinded by the court.
The emergency declaration allows Wayne County Judge-Executive Mike
Anderson to waive certain procedures and formalities, like entering
contracts, employing permanent or temporary workers and the
appropriation of funding.
During the meeting, Anderson stated that the Wayne County
Courthouse, by order of the governor, is now closed to in-person
traffic. That began at 5 p.m. on March 17.
Offices in the courthouse will remain fully staffed and they will
continue to conduct business by telephone, the internet, e-mail and
other forms of communication.
The governor's announcement left several of the busiest government
offices, like the Wayne County Clerk's Office, scrambling to find
alternate ways to serve local residents.
Wayne County Clerk Heather Piercy stated that she and her staff will
work as hard as they can to provide their services. She noted that
vehicles can be relicensed through the drive.ky.gov website.
They will be communicating by telephone and e-mail. Anyone who needs
to send in registration or other information can mail it to 55 North
Main Street, Suite 106, Monticello, Kentucky.
She was uncertain how they could handle vehicle transfers at this
time, but said they would be looking at different methods to solve
Anyone who needs to look up recorded documents, like deeds, can do
so online, Piercy pointed out. The website is waynecountyky.com.
There will be a username and password field. The word "public" needs
to be typed in each of the fields and that will open up access to
Wayne County PVA Bobby Upchurch issued a statement also on Tuesday,
noting that his staff will be in the office and ready to assist
residents by phone, email or through their website.
He stated that any property information may be obtained via their
website waynecountypva.com with a subscription. He added that
information can be emailed to anyone who needs it.
Personal property tax returns may be mailed to: Wayne County PVA, 55
North Main Street, Suite 107, Monticello, Ky., 42633
Anyone who needs to apply for the homestead or disability exemption,
should call (606) 348-6621.
Upchurch can be reached at the email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
He encourages anyone with questions to contact the office.
"These are unusual times, but rest assured, we will continue to
provide the services you need from our office," stated Upchurch.
The Wayne Circuit Clerk's Office has also been closed to in-person
services at this time. That includes all locations where driver's
licenses are issued.
Jim Gray, Kentucky's Transportation Secretary, issued an executive
order last week that extended renewal dates for driver's licenses, ID
cards and permits for a 90 day period, subsequent to the current
During this period, licenses shall be considered in full force and
The order also dealt with commercial driver's license holders,
noting that "the expiration date of vehicle or vessel registration
certificates, vehicle license plates, vehicle tag certificates and
handicapped parking permits and other deadlines mandated by the
Department of Vehicle Registration, including lien filings, are
hereby extended for a period of 90 days, subsequent to their current expiration dates."