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Port Authority – Public Meeting

A special Port Authority Public Meeting will be held on Monday, June 8, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. in the Van Wert County Commissioners’ conference room. (114 E. Main Street, Suite 200, Van Wert, Ohio 45891)

FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE

April 29, 2020

UPDATE

VAN WERT COUNTY OFFICES REOPENING MAY 4, 2020

The Van Wert County Courthouse, Annex, including Job and Family Services, and General Health District (Health Department) will be reopening to regular business hours effective May 4, 2020. Details for individual departments are outlined below. Please note that in accordance with Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s Order, when entering County buildings, please ensure social distancing; i.e., a minimum of six (6) feet between people. In addition, wearing a face mask, scarf, or other covering is required. If you have or have recently had symptoms of coughing, shortness of breath, fatigue/unexplained tiredness, headache, sore throat, etc., please do not enter County buildings.

Auditor’s Office:

Phone # (419) 238-0843

Fax # (419) 238-1111 Email: deputyauditor@vanwertcounty.org

Special Instructions: Will not allow more than two (2) people in the office at a time. If business can be handled over phone, please do so.

Clerk of Courts – Title Department:

Phone # (419) 238-6989

Email: clerkofcourts@vanwertcounty.org

Special Instructions: Open to the public by appointment only during regular business hours. Dealers will be by drop off and pick up later only.

Commissioners’ Office:

Phone # (419) 238-6159

Fax # (419) 238-4528 Email: rbollenbacher@vanwertcounty.org

Special Instructions: All regular business at the Van Wert County Commissioners’ Office will continue as scheduled, but please call before stopping in to either take care of your question/business via telephone or to schedule a time to come in to the office.

Common Pleas Court, General Division, Adult Probation Department, and Clerk of Courts – Legal Division:

Common Pleas Phone # (419) 238-6935 Common Pleas Email: administrator@vwcommonpleas.org

Clerk of Courts Phone # (419) 238-1022 Clerk of Courts Email: clerkofcourts@vanwertcounty.org

Special Instructions: See Journal Entry from Judge Martin Burchfield below.

IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS OF VAN WERT COUNTY, OHIO

In the Matter of: ALTERNATIVE PROTOCOLS FOR OPERATION OF AND MAINTAINING SERVICES OF THE VAN WERT COUNTY COURT OF COMMON PLEAS, GENERAL DIVISION IN RESPONSE TO OHIO’S PLAN TO RE-OPEN ECONOMY DURING THE STAY-AT-HOME ORDER AND MASS GATHERING BAN OF MORE THAN 10 PEOPLE DURING COVID19 PANDEMIC JOURNAL ENTRY

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, while the stay-at-home order and mass gathering ban of more than ten people remains in place and in light of Governor Mike DeWine’s April 27, 2020, announcement of the State’s plan to re-open part of the economy in Ohio beginning May 1, 2020, the Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas, while continuing to seek to protect the public, including vulnerable persons, and the court staff, including vulnerable persons, and maintain essential court functions, hereby gives notice of its intent to keep in full force and effect the alternative protocols set forth in its entries issued March 19, March 23, March 25, March 31, April 1, and April 3, 2020, and to adopt the following requirements which the court staff will follow while undertaking the responsibilities of their positions in person and in the Van Wert County Courthouse and outside thereof, as well as governing the conduct of persons, including vulnerable persons who personally appear for court business in the courthouse:

1. All staff will wear face coverings during personal contact with and while in the presence of any member of the public.

2. All persons who personally appear, including attorneys, shall wear face coverings while on the third floor outside the offices of the court, in the courtroom, and in the court offices.

3. All persons, staff, and those doing business with the court shall, while in the presence of one another, maintain physical distance from others of at least six feet, as practicable.

4. As much as possible, persons having business with the court who intend to personally appear shall telephone the court at (419) 238-6935, or in the alternative, the Probation Department of the court at (419) 238-2825, to schedule an appointed time at which they intend to appear.

5. In accordance with the State’s mass gathering ban of more than ten people, gathering of more than ten people anywhere on the third floor of the Van Wert County Courthouse is prohibited, those spaces including the lobby, the courtroom, the probation department, court offices, and meeting rooms.

6. All persons entering courtroom may be subject to temperature checks. Any person over 100.4 may be excluded from courtroom.

7. COURTROOM ETIQUETTE

a. Please remain in your seating area

b. Only approach the Bailiff or the Bench after requesting permission and being granted leave to approach

c. Please assist the Bailiff and Sheriff’s Deputies by instructing your clients and others to only move through the Courtroom after being granted leave.

d. Do not bring your clients/Defendants into the Courtroom without getting clearance from Deputy or Bailiff.

e. Exhibits – Use hand sanitizer on podium to clean your hands before picking up your exhibit. Place the exhibit on the podium for the Bailiff to retrieve

f. Video conferencing – As many hearings as possible will be conducted by video conferencing. If an attorney needs to speak to his client, the courtroom will be cleared to allow private conferencing. The camera will be pointed to attorney’s seat at table. Attorney will signal to courtroom cameras when finished.

g. Non-prosecutors should not be around the prosecutor’s table. No milling about the courtroom.

h. Attorneys and their staffs will not be permitted in the court office areas. All such persons shall remain in the Courtroom proper.

i. No person shall be in front of the counsel tables in the courtroom at any time.

8. Each individual staff member shall continue to be responsible for maintaining their offices and workstations by disinfecting their desks and work stations as well as high contact surfaces prior to commencement of work operations, at the close of work operations, and intermittently throughout the work operations, specifically including using appropriate disinfectant to clean desks, workstations, and high contact services, upon a person leaving the work areas and before another person enters the work area.

9. Staff members shall assist one another in maintaining all office equipment to see that it is disinfected throughout the workday.

The court restates its belief that during this public health emergency, it is necessary to maintain services to our citizens and provide them continuing access to justice through our court. The court will entertain any reasonable requests for accommodations for staff and any member of the public to that end on a case-by-case basis. The court will continue to address the public crisis with the idea of maintaining services by undertaking that responsibility without losing sight of treating people with kindness, courteousness, and respect, so that our court may provide a fair and just result to all parties whose conflicts the court addresses.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

_________________________________

Judge Martin Burchfield

Engineers’ Tax Map Office/Regional Planning Commission:

Phone # (419) 238-3611

Fax # (419) 771-1021 Email: vanwertmap@vanwertcountyohio.gov

Special Instructions: Deeds will be accepted. Please call for more detailed information. Limited, public access will be allowed, and information will be available upon request. Any questions, please call or email.

General Health District (Health Department):

Phone # (419) 238-0808

Special Instructions: Open to the public for Vital Statistics and Environmental. Will continue providing immunizations for those with scheduled appointments. Employees will be wearing masks to protect the public. If a person needs services and does not have a mask, please contact via telephone at the number listed above – Extension 100 for Vital Statistics and Extension 105 for Environmental.

Job & Family Services:

Phone # (419) 238-5430

Special Instructions: To reduce any potential spread of the COVID-19 virus, we will be temporarily closing our 1st floor front desk, Child Support front desk, and OhioMeansJobs Resource Room. Customers are asked to submit all applications and verifications via the drop window located in the 1st floor front desk lobby. The box will be monitored and cleared often.

All documents will be processed as normal. Staff will mail receipts to verify the Agency has received the submitted documentation and/or will contact customers via phone if a phone interview is being scheduled or if we have any questions.

We also encourage our customers to submit documentation to us either by mail or email whenever possible.

Business Information is as follows:

Children and Protective Services:

Phone #: (419) 238-5430

Emergency calls outside of Agency hours should be directed to the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office at (419) 238-3866 or the Van Wert City Police Department at (419) 238-2462.

Food Assistance/Cash Assistance/Medicaid:

Phone #: (419) 238-5430 To apply for assistance: https://benefits.ohio.gov/. E-mail verifications to: VANWERTJFS@odjfs.state.oh.us.

Child Support Enforcement Agency:

Phone #: (419) 238-9566 Register with the web-portal to complete most transactions at: https://jfs.ohio.gov/ocs.

Payments can be made by phone with a debit/credit/pre-paid card, mail, or by accessing: https://oh.smartchildsupport.com.

OhioMeansJobs:

Phone #: (419) 623-4437 E-mail: vanwertomj@gmail.com.

Probate & Juvenile Court:

Probate Court Phone #: (419) 238-0027

Juvenile Court Phone #: (419) 238-1118

Juvenile Probation Department Phone #: (419) 238-0027

Prosecutor’s Office

Phone #: (419) 238-1166 Email: kbragg@vanwertcounty.org

Special Instructions: Open to the public by appointment only during regular business hours. Only one (1) individual allowed in lobby at a time. Secure, locked drop box located inside lobby to the right of front door. It will be checked frequently. We encourage those needing service to contact us by telephone or email.

Recorder’s Office:

Phone # (419) 238-2558 Email: recorder@vanwertcounty.org

Special Instructions: Title Searches by appointment only. Please call to schedule. No appointment needed to record documents.

Solid Waste Management District:

Phone # (419) 238-7767

Special Instructions: The Recycling Center drive-thru will be open with normal business days and hours (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.). This will be for recyclables ONLY. No special drop offs; i.e., televisions, bulbs, paint, etc. as the office is still closed. The library will also be closed. Please do not use the drive-thru if you are sick or feeling unwell.

CURBSIDE PICK UP WILL RESUME ON MONDAY, MAY 4, 2020. We are asking that you only set out as close to a normal week’s worth of recycling as possible each week. We have been instructed to not work overtime due to budget restraints, so in order to catch up, we will need to pick up recycling gradually. If you are willing and able, please bring all extra recycling to the drive-thru drop off.

TOWNSHIPS/ALLEN COUNTY DROP OFFS will resume on Friday, May 1, 2020.

As always, we will not collect your recycling if there is trash, tissues, toilet paper, gloves, masks, etc. in your bins. We will not collect any plastic bags. Cardboard has to be cut down to 2′ x 2′ or smaller.

Treasurer’s Office:

Phone # (419) 238-5177 Email: treasurer@vanwertcounty.org

Special Instructions: Will not allow more than two (2) people in the office at a time.

Veteran Services Commission:

Phone # (419) 238-9592

Fax # (419) 238-2819 Email vwvets@vanwertcounty.org

Special Instructions: Open to the public by appointment only during regular business hours. There will only be one (1) individual allowed in lobby at a time.

FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE

April 3, 2020

UPDATE

VAN WERT COUNTY SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT DISTRICT/RECYCLING SERVICES TEMPORARILY CLOSED UNTIL OHIO GOVERNOR MIKE DEWINE LIFTS DECLARED STATE OF EMERGENCY IN OHIO DUE TO COVID-19

Due to the threat of the spread of COVID-19, all recycling services at the Van Wert County Solid Waste Management District (SWMD) will be postponed until Ohio Governor Mike DeWine lifts the declared State of Emergency in Ohio due to COVID-19. This includes curbside, the Recycling Center drive-thru drop off, township drop off, Allen County drop off, and commercial services. The SWMD apologizes for the inconvenience associated with this postponement/closure and asks for your understanding and patience through this difficult time. For more information, please contact (419) 238-7767.

FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE

March 31, 2020

REMINDER

VAN WERT COUNTY SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT DISTRICT/RECYCLING SERVICES TEMPORARILY CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19

Van Wert County officials would like to remind residents that due to the threat of the spread of COVID-19, all recycling services at the Van Wert County Solid Waste Management District (SWMD) will be postponed until at least April 6, 2020.  This includes curbside, the Recycling Center drive-thru drop off, township drop off, Allen county drop off, and commercial services.  On April 6, 2020, there will be a reevaluation to determine further action.  Also, as reluctant as we all are to send recyclables to the landfill, it was determined to be the best course of action in preventing the spread of the virus at this time.  Per the New England Journal of Medicine, the virus can survive on surfaces such as plastic (72 hours) and cardboard (24 hours), which are just two of the main types of materials that are handled at the SWMD.  The SWMD apologizes for any inconvenience associated with this postponement and asks for your understanding and patience through this difficult time.  For more information, please contact (419) 238-7767.

FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE

March 24, 2020 – UPDATE

VARIOUS VAN WERT COUNTY OFFICES’ AVAILABILITY LIMITED DUE TO COVID-19 AKA CORONAVIRUS

Due to the threat of the spread of COVID-19 aka Coronavirus, availability to various Van Wert County offices will be limited effective March 25, 2020 (unless otherwise stated), until Ohio Governor Mike DeWine lifts his declared State of Emergency in the State of Ohio.  Please find updates regarding these offices below.

Auditor’s Office:

Phone # (419) 238-0843

Fax # (419) 238-1111

Email: deputyauditor@vanwertcounty.org

Office Hours: Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Special Instructions: Office is not available for public use.  Please call or email the office for further assistance.

Clerk of Courts – Title Department:

Phone # (419) 238-6989

Email: clerkofcourts@vanwertcounty.org

Office Hours: Wednesday from 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. for dealer work.

Special Instructions: Any questions or has an emergency, please call the office.  Someone will be available to answer telephone calls.

Commissioners’ Office:

Phone # (419) 238-6159

Fax # (419) 238-4528

Office Hours: Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Special Instructions: All regular business at the Van Wert County Commissioners’ Office will continue as scheduled, but please call before stopping in to either take care of your question/business via telephone or schedule a time to come in to the office.

 

Common Pleas Court, General Division, Adult Probation Department, and Clerk of Courts – Legal Division:

Common Pleas Phone # (419) 238-6935

Common Pleas Email: administrator@vwcommonpleas.org

Clerk of Courts Phone # (419) 238-1022

Clerk of Courts Email: clerkofcourts@vanwertcounty.org

Office Hours: Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Special Instructions: The Court will remain open for any hearings that are scheduled before 9:00 a.m. and after 3:00 p.m. on an as-needed basis.  All Petit Jury Trials scheduled through May 1, 2020, have been continued.  The Court is attempting to do as much as possible via telephone and video conferencing.  The Court has reduced staff during this time period with staff working from home as much as possible.

Engineers’ Tax Map Office/Regional Planning Commission:

Phone # (419) 238-3611

Fax # (419) 771-1021

Email: vanwertmap@vanwertcountyohio.gov

Office Hours: Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Special Instructions: Deeds will be accepted.  Please call for more detailed information.  Limited, public access will be allowed, and information will be available upon request. Any questions, please call or email.

Job & Family Services:

Phone # (419) 238-5430

Office Hours: Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Special Instructions: Front lobby closed.  Please call for assistance.

Recorder’s Office:

Phone # (419) 238-2558

Email: recorder@vanwertcounty.org

Office Hours: Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Special Instructions: Office is not available for public use.  Documents for recording will still be accepted by mail, eRecording, and drop off.  Please call ahead for further instructions.  Please call or email the office for further assistance.

Solid Waste Management District:

Phone # (419) 238-7767

Special Instructions: All recycling services will be postponed until April 6, 2020.  This includes curbside, the Recycling Center drive-thru drop off, township drop off, Allen county drop off, and commercial services.  The postponement of services will begin March 26, 2020, and last until April 6, 2020.  There may or may not be a reevaluation at that time to determine further action.  Also, as reluctant as we all are to send recyclables to the landfill, it was determined to be the best course of action in preventing the spread of the virus at this time.  Per the New England Journal of Medicine, the virus can survive on surfaces such as plastic (72 hours) and cardboard (24 hours), which are just a couple of the main types of materials that are handled at the SWMD.  The SWMD apologizes for any inconvenience associated with this postponement and asks for your understanding and patience through this difficult time.

 

Treasurer’s Office:

Phone # (419) 238-5177

Email: treasurer@vanwertcounty.org

Address: 121 E. Main St., Van Wert, Ohio, 45891

Office Hours: Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Special Instructions: Office is not available for public use.  Office will be available for County transactions, telephone calls, and daily mail purposes only.  If you need to make a monthly payment, please send a check via mail to our direct office or go to our website: https://vanwertcounty.org/treasurers-office.  If you need immediate assistance with the Treasury Department, please call us between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  If you need assistance before or after those hours, please leave a voice mail, and we will return the call as soon as we can.  Please call or email the office for further assistance.

Veteran Services Commission:

Phone # (419) 238-9592

Fax # (419) 238-2819

Email vwvets@vanwertcounty.org

Office Hours: Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Special Instructions: There will be no in person appointments until further notice. Any appointments will be handled either over the telephone or by email.  This includes claim work, emergency financial assistance, and burial benefits (flag cases, headstone requests, and replacement markers).  Any required signatures will be scheduled as to limit exposure.  Transportation services are suspended until further notice.  Please call the office for assistance with fuel vouchers.

Updating the County’s Hazard Mitigation Plan

We are in the process of updating the Van Wert County Hazard Mitigation Plan.  Please take a couple of minutes to complete the appropriate survey(s) to help with the accuracy of this process. Thank you for your help in this effort!

Public Interest Survey:  https://forms.gle/jdTZEB4zfMzW9WhG7

Business Survey:  https://forms.gle/A2QbSCzUEyJVBxB36

Special Interest Groups Survey:  https://forms.gle/j2AN85PfMs6wzWZQ9

2020 Census Jobs in Van Wert

Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau is responsible for conducting the nationwide census. While the next census itself will be taken in 2020, the Census Bureau is already recruiting to fill important positions.  Please click on the link below to get more information about how to apply to join the 2020 Census Team.

2020 US Census Job Information

Legal Notice – County Farm Lease 2019

The Board of Van Wert County Commissioners will receive sealed bids until August 29, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at the Commissioners’ office in the Van Wert County Annex, 114 East Main Street, Suite 200, Van Wert, Ohio 45891, at which time said bids will be opened and read aloud for the cash rent of the tillable acres at the Van Wert County Farm, Section 11, Ridge Township, Van Wert, Ohio.  Please click on the link below for more information.

Legal Notice – County Farm Lease 2019

Board of Developmental Disabilities – Position Opening

The Van Wert County Commissioners are accepting resumes and letters of interest to fill one position on the Van Wert County Board of Developmental Disabilities.  The current term expires December 31, 2022. The member must be a county resident and will typically serve a four-year term.  Please click on the link below for more information.

Board of DD – Seeking Board Appointment 2019

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