Hardin County Government is closed to the public. Judge-Executive Harry L. Berry on Tuesday directed the closure of all county facilities to the public.

“Out of an abundance of caution and in following Centers for Disease Control guidance, I have ordered the closure to the public of all Hardin County owned facilities until further notice,” he said. “All employees will continue to report for duty to conduct business for our citizens and we will accept appointment requests for time-sensitive business.”

County government facilities include the government building, EMS stations, courthouse, county road department and the Hardin County Animal Care and Control building.

Residents are encouraged to go to hcky.org for additional information and direction. For those without internet access or experience trouble navigating the county’s webpage, they may contact the judge-executive’s office at 270-765-2350.

Fiscal Court will continue as planned at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. The session will be open to the public, however, prior noticed must be given and attendees will be escorted. Visitors also can call 270-765-2350 should they like to attend. Residents also are encouraged to watch Fiscal Court live via https://youtu.be/cyaELHJuDFI or https://www.facebook.com/events/1062458450763574/. A recorded version will be posted to the county’s webpage March 25.

The Hardin County Clerk’s office will be closed until further notice. Core staff will continue to support phone calls, mail, online transactions, and to prepare and conduct the Primary election scheduled for June 23.

“COVID-19 is having a dramatic impact on our lives. Thank you for your patience. Serving you is our highest priority, but we must we must consider the health and well-being of our community,” a news release from the clerk’s office said.

“We all need to make a large investment in social distancing to protect those most vulnerable to COVID-19.”

In regard to automobile registration and titling, the public has three options for renewal of their vehicle registration. First, online renewal is available for most vehicles at drive.ky.gov. The link can also be found at the top right of the clerk’s website at hccoky.org. Second, registration renewals may be renewed by credit/debit card over the phone by calling 270-765-2171 option 2 for vehicle. Third, registration renewals may be mailed to: Hardin County Clerk, PO Box 1030, Elizabethtown, KY 42702.

Mail-in renewals should include the prior year registration receipt, proof of insurance and payment. Individuals that have purchased a vehicle or transferring to another in state resident will need to retain their documents until the clerk’s office can reopen.

Real estate records can be viewed at hccoky.org. Deeds from October 1955 to the present are available on the free website under “Search Records.” Deeds from 1793 to 1938 are available on the free website under “Recordings.” View the “Good Thru Dates” under “Search Records” for all liens, mortgages, deeds and other recordings.

For further questions, call 270-765-2171, menu option 3.

In regard to elections and voter registration, the election staff will continue to prepare for the June 23 Primary election. Voters may continue to register to vote or update their addresses online at govoteky.com. Any updated information can be found at hccoky.org

Voters who qualify to absentee vote by mail may call the elections department at 270-765-6762 to request an application.

Notary oath and bonding are suspended until further notice, as well as marriage licenses and acceptance Passport applications.

The business offices of the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office will also be closed to the public until further notice. Business office staff will be available to answer non-emergency calls from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Law enforcement operations will proceed as usual.

In Radcliff, pursuant to the governor’s directive, under Executive Order 2020-215 declaring a state of emergency, boards and commissions will be suspended until further notice. Radcliff City Hall and Colvin Community are closed to the public.

Any resident needing to pay a bill, get a permit or any other business transaction can do so by calling 270-351-4714. Radcliff also suspended all youth and adult sport leagues at city parks until April 6, at which time they will re-evaluate.

The next Radcliff City Council meeting is scheduled for April. A decision on whether or not that meeting will occur will be announced closer to the date.

“We are doing everything within the guidelines to keep our citizens safe,” Executive Officer Ashley Russo said.

Elizabethtown City Hall also is closed to the public, along with Pritchard Community Center, the State Theater, the Elizabethtown fire stations, the Elizabethtown Police Department meeting room, and the Freeman Lake Park Office.

The city parks will remain open for public use.

Elizabethtown residents can pay bills by using the drive-thru window or the night deposit box. For more information they can go to elizabethtownky.org or call 270-765-6121.

Elizabethtown City Council regular meetings will not be open to the public, but can be viewed on mayortelevision.com. Council work sessions are suspended indefinitely.

Vine Grove City Hall is asking residents to pay their water bills either online (vinegrove.org), by phone (844-863-7359) or in the drop box located at 300 West Main street. The Vine Grove Community Room is closed to the public.

The next Vine Grove City Council meeting is scheduled for April. A decision on whether or not that meeting will occur will be announced closer to the date, officials say.

The West Point City Hall lobby is closed to public. In order to keep the community safe and healthy and to keep face-to-face contact at a minimal, City Clerk Missy Goodwin said they have several options for residents to pay their water bill. They can pay online at https://secure.kentucky.gov/formservices/WestPoint /UtilityPayment; use the drop box in front of City Hall; mail the payment; or pay by phone.

As far as West Point City Council meetings, the next meeting has not been postponed. Goodwin said they keep frequent updates on line. For more information, folks can call 502-922-4260.

Mary Alford can be reached at 270-505-1741 or malford@thenewsenterprise.com.

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Is Hardin County government going to waive the convenience fees for paying by mail or using a debit/credit card online during this closure?

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