Effective Friday, May 22, Wayne County moves into the yellow phase of post-COVID-19 restrictions.
The county will continue to 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.
Members of the public must wear a covering for their mouth and now at all times, while employees are encouraged to wear them while moving through the buildings and when interacting with the public. The latest measures, like all the others before, are based on recommendations from the PA Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control.
Social distancing, hygiene and disinfection measures remain in place.
With the relaxation of some restriction the County will now allow access to the courthouse by those travel to parts of the state outside Northeast Pennsylvania that are in the Yellow Phase and to parts of New York State that their Governor has reopened and all three New York counties that border Wayne County – Broome, Delaware and Sullivan.
The public is still encouraged to conduct their business by phone, online or by appointment whenever possible and to use drop boxes made available at the door..
Bureau of Elections
On Friday, March 27th, Governor Wolf signed Senate Bill 422 to postpone the Pennsylvania General Primary from Tuesday, April 28th to Tuesday, June 2.
Wayne County Commissioners and Bureau of Elections Director Cindy Furman remind residnts of Wayne County the law has changed regarding your ability to vote at the polls if you’ve requested either a mail-in or absentee ballot.
If you are one of the thousands who have requested and received either an absentee or mail in ballot, you will not be able to vote using a regular ballot at the polling place on June 2. If you show up and you have already filed a mail in or absentee ballot you will not be permitted to cast another ballot. If you received a mail in or absentee ballot but never filled it out or mailed it back you will only be given a provisional ballot to fill out at the polling place.
“We urge everyone who has applied for and received a mail in or absentee ballot to please fill it out and mail it back to us. We must be in possession of these ballots by 8 p.m. on June 2,” said Furman. “If you don’t have it back to us and you show up on election day you will be given a provisional ballot at your polling place and those votes will not be counted for at least three days until we verify that your ballot was not received.”
In addition, registered Democrat and Republican voters in Prompton Borough and Dyberry, Lebanon, and Mount Pleasant townships will be casting their ballots in different locations this Primary Election.
- Prompton voters will cast their ballots at the Seeelville Fire Hall, 1200 Bridge St., Honesdale;
- Dyberry Township voters will cast their ballots at the Wayne County Fairgrounds Main Office, 270 Miller Drive, Honesdale;
- Lebanon Township voters will cast their ballots at the Pennsylvania Game Commission Office, 2263A Great Bend Turnpike, Honesdale; and
- Mount Pleasant Township voters will cast their ballots at the Mount Pleasant Township Municipal Building, 128 Pleasant View, Pleasant Mount.
Voters that have concerns about attending their polling location, or wish to vote by mail rather than in person may apply for a mail-in ballot until Tuesday, May 26. For those without access to a computer, please call 570-253-5978 and request applications to be mailed to you.
Recycling Center Reopens May 27 (570)-253-9727
The Wayne County Recycling Center reopens to the public on Wednesday, May 27, and while the hours of operation will remain 7 am to 4:30 pm, the facility will only be open Monday, Wednesday and Friday at first.
- Only (1) one vehicle at a time will be allowed in the recycling bay area to recycle.
- Before exiting their vehicles to recycle, residents will be required to wear a facial covering or mask.
- Residents are urged to “pre-sort” their recyclables before arriving at the Recycling Center, in the interest of moving things along.
- To maintain distancing, recycling center staff will not be directly assisting the public with their recyclables. Therefore, residents are asked to only bring items that they can lift themselves, unless they bring a helper with them.
- We also ask residents to stay at home if they are sick or not feeling well.
- The public will not be allowed to enter the office area. Any questions or money transactions will need to take place outside of the building (just ask a staff member or knock on the office doors).
The center will be accepting all regularly accepted materials EXCEPT, due to COVID-19, any soft plastics (shopping, bread, vegetable, garbage bags, etc.) at this time. Weis Market has advised that they will not accept them, therefore, there is nowhere to distribute them for recycling.
The Commercial Truck Scale will also be re-open for public use.
Recycling Director Randy Heller said, “We appreciate the patience shown by our loyal customers during our closure, and thank them in advance for their anticipated cooperation during our re-opening.
Register of Wills and Recorder of Deeds (ext. 4040)
Register/Recorder Deborah Bates has established procedures for public access under Yellow protocols:
- Probates will be scheduled by appointment only with video conferencing preferred. Inheritance Tax returns, inheritance tax payments and estate filings are accepted by mail or in the drop-off box located in the courthouse lobb
- 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.
- Notaries Public must schedule an appointment to be sworn in. Document recordings are accepted via mail or placed in the drop-off box located in the courthouse lobby. E-Recording will be implemented beginning June 2, 2020.
- Copies of records may be obtained by calling the office at 570-253-5970 extension 4040. Professionals in the real estate industry as identified in the Governor’s Amended Order dated May 19, 2020 may schedule an appointment to access the office for records. Online record searching will be implemented beginning June 2, 2020.
- Restricted access continues through the Yellow Phase of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Facial mask or facial covering will be required along with social distancing. Hand sanitizers are placed for your use. Maximum capacity of 8 people in the research room will be adhered to during this time. You may call the office for assistance at 570-253-5970 extension 4040.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
Applications for the License to Carry are available on the Sheriff’s Department web page.
New applicants should mail or drop off an application packet at the Wayne County Courthouse, 925 Court St., Honesdale PA 18431 with a check for $5 for the initial fee. Appointments will be made to finalize the applications ($15).
Applicants for renewal will be mailed a notice and application 60 days prior to the expiration of their current permit. When it has been received, applicants should call the office for an appointment. If your permit has expired or you not receive notice, contact the Sheriff’s Office at 570-253-2641.
Sheriff Steelman has also announced that his office will resume their electronic fingerprinting for IDentiGO clients on June 1. The service will also be offered five days a week to meet the demand of clients who could not have their fingerprints taken during the stay-at-home order.
Information regarding the fingerprint service can be obtained on the County’s web site. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Sheriff’s Office.
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.
The Wayne County Coroner’s Office issued an update on COVID-19 response.
Tax Claim Office (ext. 4000)
Wayne County Tax Claim has postponed the Repository Sale originally scheduled for May 22, 2020.
Treasurer’s Office (ext. 4210)
Those who need to visit the Treasurer’s Office are asked to call first for an appointment. Dog License applications, which can be downloaded, should be sent by mail to the office at 925 Court Street, Honesdale PA 18431.
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.
An Administrative Order issued by the Wayne County Court of Common Pleas requires that court filings be submitted via mail, except for emergency matters that require the petitioner to appear before the court. A special e-mail has been created to accept those emergency filings, which will be printed and filed as if submitted via mail or in person.
The order also suspends the requirement for the immediate payment of filing fees for emergency filings by email, and the Prothonotary’s Office will keep a log of those accumulated fees, which must be paid once the judicial emergency declared in mid-March has expired.
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.
Drivers and staff of the Wayne County Transportation System take the cleanliness of the vehicles seriously. Throughout the health crisis and into our county’s transition back to normal service, we are continuing the following procedures:
- 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