Effective Monday, March 23, 2020 all county facilities are closed to all but employees and necessary visitors until April 3, 2020.
The county will have a sheriff’s deputy stationed at the doors of the courthouse, the Aging Building and the Park Street Complex as well as county staff acting as a concierge to coordinate visitors trying to conduct essential business with the proper department/staff members.
On Monday, the Commissioners signed an emergency disaster declaration to allow access to federal funding streams and give the county flexibility in dealing with the outbreak.
The Commissioners have created interim policies and protocols from banning employee travel outside the county, encouraging employees with a fever or signs of illness to stay home, and instructing the maintenance department to ramp up the disinfecting regimen at all county facilities
Recycling Center (570)-253-9727
The County Recycling Center will remain closed until further notice.
Register of Wills and Recorder of Deeds (ext. 4040)
Register/Recorder Deborah Bates has established procedures for limiting public access:
- Request plain copies and, certified copies as well as exemplified records of decedent estates by phone or email with credit card. The copies will be mailed to the name and address provided.
- Probate of Wills and Grant of Letters will be by appointment and video conferencing may be considered.
- Inheritance tax payments, inheritance tax returns and other estate filling as well as document recordings should be submitted vial US Postal Service, FedEx or UPS or via drop box in the main lobby of courthouse between 10 am and 2 om and 1 and 3 pm.
- Notary Public swearing in will be by appointment.
- The Deed Research Room will be limited to individuals who can demonstrate immediate need, and six people or less will be allowed in the room at one time. To access the Research Room, you must submit a form.
Planning/GIS (ext. 4060)
The Department of Planning/GIS asks that any requests for mapping such as aerial photos or other digital geographic information can be made by phone or email. We can be reached by telephone at 570-253-5970, Ext. 4060 and via email at email@example.com. If a map or other information needs to be distributed, we can do so via email or traditional mail.
Theses resources are available online:
- The office maintains a website that includes valuable information, including but not limited to, municipal contact information, municipal zoning maps, and other resource information.
- We would also like to remind you that we do have a public facing mapping website where parcel information can be obtained. Wayne County’s Interactive Map, along with other mapping information, can be found there.
Prothonotary (ext. 4030)
Prothonotary Edward Sandercock has suspended Passport and Marriage License Applications. Those with emergency travel needs can call for an appointment
Sheriff Mark Steelman has asked individuals interested in applying for a License to Carry a Firearm Permit to print the PA State Applicaton from the County website: Once completed, the application may be mailed to the Sheriff’s Office at 925 Court St., Honesdale Pa. You may also elect to drop the application off at the security station in the lobby of the Courthouse.
Once the application is received, the Sheriff’s Office will begin your background and notification of approval or denial will be made within the prescribed 45-day waiting period. Please be advised that a background investigation does include contacting references and a criminal history check.
After receiving your approval letter, please contact the office at 570-253-2641 to make arrangements for the finalization of your permit.
If you have received an approval letter and you began the initial process prior to the COVID-19 pandemic (had your photo taken and paid the initial $5.00 fee), you will be able to pick up your permit at the security station in the lobby of the courthouse and pay the remaining $15.00 fee. Please call ahead if you want to pick up your permit so we can have it ready and please bring exactly $15.00 cash.
He has also suspended fingerprinting services for the IDENTOGO system.
Coroner Edward Howell announced that per state law, if a death occurs in Wayne County, and the death is suspected or confirmed to be due to (or complicated by) COVID 19, the death must be reported to this office. We will investigate on a case-by-case basis. If you need to report a death, please call the Wayne County Communications Center at 570-253-3109 to request the Coroner.
Wayne County Correctional Facility
Warden Kevin Bishop suspended the volunteer program and all non-contact visitation. Fees for video visits have been waived. You can establish an account online.
Emergency Operations Center
The County Emergency Operations Center is closed to all but employees.
Office of Millitary & Veterans Affairs (ext. 3114)
The County Office of Military & Veterans Affairs has suspended walk-in hours. Phone and limited in-person appointments can be made by calling the office at 570-253-5970 ext. 3114.
*The County switchboard number is 570-253-5970.
Wayne County President Judge Janine Edwards issued an order Monday, March 16, 2020 declaring a judicial emergency limiting the court to essential functions only until April 14, 2020.
- Time calculations for relevant court cases and other judicial business are suspended.
- The court will expand the use of advanced communication technology.
- All court calendars, appearances, scheduling notices and subpoenas previously scheduled are canceled, except those involving essential functions.
- All motions requiring immediate attention may be emailed to the Court Administrator.
- All hearing and conference, including motions court are postponed until further order of court.
Magisterial District Court
- Magisterial District Courts are closed to the public, except for proceedings deemed to be emergencies by the presiding magisterial district judge, including search warrants, Emergency Protection from Abuse actions, and preliminary hearings and bail review hearing for incarcerated defendants.
- All Magisterial District Courts shall utilize video conferencing capabilities with the Wayne County Correctional Facility and law enforcement agencies.
The Domestic Relations Office will be closed to the public and all new filings can be made online.
Adult & Juvenile Probation Offices
- The Adult and Juvenile Probation Offices will be available to handle essential functions.
- Supervision services will use technological resources and the offices will otherwise be closed to the public.
- Payments of fines and costs in pending cases may be made online
The Wayne County Human Services Agency continues to provide protective services for children and adults and vital behavioral and development services although the buildings will be closed to the public.
Area Agency on Aging (570-253-4262)
- All Senior Centers are closed.
- AARP has cancelled all tax preparation appointments until further notice.
- Take-out meals can be obtained Monday through Friday from 11 am to 1 pm at the center in Honesdale, Hawley and Hamlin. Meals will be delivered to those who are unable to come in for the take-out meals.
- Home Delivered meals are not affected by the new protocols.
- The Northern Wayne Satellite Senior Center is cancelled until further notice. Participants may also participate in the take-out meal program or receive home-delivered meals.
- While centers are closed, senior center staff will be making weekly phone contacts with all participants.
- The Wayne County Area Agency on Aging has compiled a list of supermarkets and pharmacies that have delivery service available.
Office of Behavioral & Developmental Programs and Early Intervention (570-253-9200)
The office is temporarily changing operations in accordance with state and federal recommendations on group gatherings, in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. Wayne County remains open for business but beginning Monday March 23rd the County will be limiting public access to county buildings. During this time, our services will be delivered by phone or video conference. This has been communicated to all individuals currently open for services. New referrals are still being accepted, and information can be gathered by phone, fax, or mail. Please be assured that operations will return to normal as soon as possible.
Children & Youth Services (570-253-5102)
Public access has been restricted to the Children & Youth Services Office at 648 Park Street in Honesdale. Members of the public are encouraged to contact the CYS office by phone during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at 570-253-5102 and after-hours for emergencies. If an individual would like to report suspected child abuse and/or neglect, they are asked to call PA ChildLine at 1-800-932-0313 or visit the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Keep Kids Safe website to access the Child Welfare Portal for mandated reporters.
Drug & Alcohol Commission (570-253-6022)
Wayne County Drug and Alcohol Commission (WCDAC) provides the essential functions of ensuring residents of Wayne County with substance use disorders have access to, and funding for, life- saving drug and alcohol treatment, Medication Assisted Treatment, Recovery Support Services, and Prevention /Intervention Services. The office is closed to the public but will remain operational for essential functions only as determined by WCDAC Administration. Members of the public are encouraged to contact the WCDAC office by phone during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at 570-253-6022 and after-hours for emergencies at the same number.
All trips for medical and medically-related needs, as well as access to food, are continuing as scheduled. Trips for other purposes, including senior-centers, employment, religious services, funeral homes, retail shopping, library and personal visits, and other recreational activities, are being canceled or postponed.
Drivers are taking precautionary measures, including:
- Wearing medical gloves and regularly applying hand sanitizer.
- Utilizing, to the extent possible, our larger fleet vehicles
- Continuing to follow normal sanitizing procedures at the start and end of each run, and, additionally, immediately following the exit of all passengers from the vehicle