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Peacetime emergency declared in Mower County

Long list of changes to county services.

Posted: Mar 18, 2020 3:18 PM
Updated: Mar 18, 2020 4:41 PM

AUSTIN, Minn. – The Mower County Board of Commissioners has declared a peacetime emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Beginning 8 am on Thursday and until 8 am on April 16, the following changes to county facilities and services will be in place:

COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER SERVICES

Mower County Government Center is closed to the public. There will be limited access to the Law Enforcement Center via use of the lobby phone.

Recorder’s Office 507-437-9493

• Passport processing is suspended

• Burning Permits will only be available by phone only

o Payment via credit card $21.50 ($20 & 1.50 service fee)

o Or payment via mail $20, permit will be emailed or mailed

• E-recording will continue as normal but all paper documents will be accepted by mail only and will be held for 2 days before processing.

o All paper documents will be mailed back.

Auditor-Treasurer’s Office 507-437-9535

• Birth and Death Certificates - Requests for certificates can be made by mailing the application to the Auditor-Treasurer’s Office. Forms are available on the “Vitals Information” page of the Auditor-Treasurer’s web page on the Mower County website. Signatures on the forms must be notarized. Fees can be paid by check or by credit card (2.5% convenience fee applies). Requests will be processed and certificates sent out by mail.

• Marriage Certificates – Requests will be accepted by phone or by mail. Payment can be made by phone or by mail. No notarizing of signature is necessary.

• Marriage Licenses – Please contact the Auditor-Treasurer’s office to notify us of your completed online application. The A/T office will print out and mail the application to the couple. The application must be signed and signatures notarized and mailed back with payment to the Auditor-Treasurer’s office.

• Property Tax Payments – Payments can be mailed to the Auditor-Treasurer’s office. Taxpayers may want to call the Auditor-Treasurer’s office at 507-437-9535 to verify the tax amount due first. Tax payments can also be made over the phone by calling the Auditor-Treasurer’s office at 507-437-9535. A $1.50 service fee applies to e-check payments and a 2.5% convenience fee applies to credit card payments.

Assessor’s Office 507-437-9440

• Physical inspection of property for valuation purposes is suspended

• Homestead application processing on site will be suspended

The following services by phone or email:

• Valuation questions

• Requests for homestead applications (also available on-line)

• Questions regarding special programs

• Website information/subscriptions

Human Resources 507-437-9533

• Office is closed to the public

• Retiree health payments are to be mailed in

• Accepting applications via email or fax

Health and Human Services

• Lobby and service windows will be closed

• General number 507-437-9701 or 507-437-9700 Call for Food, Cash, Health Care Assistance, and public health

• Women, Infants and Children (WIC) clinic visits will be done over the phone at 507-437-9799

• Child Support 507-437-9715

• Child Protection 507-437-9732 childprotection@co.mower.mn.us

• Adult Protection 507-437-9744 HCBS@co.mower.mn.us

Sheriff’s Department 507-434-9400

• Limited access to the lobby. Please use the lobby phone.

• All non-mandated services are discontinued including finger printing.

Veteran Services 507-434-2712

• Office is closed. Phone appointments only

• Non-essential transportation service is discontinued

OTHER MOWER COUNTY FACILITIES

MOWER COUNTY JUSTICE CENTER is closed to the general public. There will be limited access for court related business.*
Jail 507-437-9425

• Visitation will be moved to video only and will be available during normal visiting hours Tues – Fri 1:00 – 4:00 PM and Tues & Fri 6:00 – 8:00 PM. To schedule contact Reliance Telephone at 800-896-3201. Friends and family can also visit www.reliancetelephone.com for more information.

Probation 507-437-9454 stevek@co.mower.mn.us

• Bail studies as usual

• Limiting 72 hour holds/36 hour holds

• Probation services delivered by phone

• Pre-Trial by phone

• No group activity

• No in-house correctional programming

*Minnesota Third Judicial District Court 507-437-9465 Option 2 – call regarding what hearings are being heard and to determine if your business is essential and an appointment can be made.

• All jury trials currently underway will continue until the trial is complete.

• Depending on priority rating, some trials will proceed as scheduled and some will be suspended for 14 days.

• The Minnesota Judicial Branch has defined case priorities categories.

• Please contact the court for specific information on individual cases as noted above.

EXTENSION OFFICE

• Extension Office is closed to the public

• All 4-H activities are cancelled

• All Extension meetings are cancelled

PUBLIC WORKS / HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT / RECYCLING & HAZARDOUS WASTE FACILITY 507-437-7718

• Public Works Office is closed to the public

• Zoning permits and land use applications will be handled through the phone and email

o zoning@co.mower.mn.us

• Feedlot payments should be paid by check through the mail or feedlot operators can phone in credit card information.

• Feedlot registrations should be sent in via US mail or can be sent to valeries@co.mower.mn.us

• Hazardous Waste Facility and Recycling Center closed

• No curbside and no drop off county wide

COUNTY PUBLIC MEETINGS

The March 24 Board of Commissioners meeting will be held as scheduled. Members of the public wishing to attend in person, call 507-437-9549 for building access.

All other public meetings, advisory boards, and commissions are canceled until April 6.

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 485230

Reported Deaths: 6554
CountyCasesDeaths
Hennepin1006801585
Ramsey43047801
Dakota36254390
Anoka33274384
Washington22065255
Stearns18723201
St. Louis14794262
Scott13273107
Wright12517115
Olmsted1177988
Sherburne871572
Carver771040
Clay690387
Rice670091
Blue Earth593835
Kandiyohi579474
Crow Wing519681
Chisago498445
Otter Tail481870
Benton446190
Winona418049
Mower404131
Douglas392568
Nobles386847
Goodhue385568
Polk342762
McLeod339349
Beltrami337351
Morrison324247
Lyon313044
Itasca312746
Becker310941
Isanti305754
Carlton300149
Steele299711
Pine282016
Freeborn280523
Nicollet258141
Todd247830
Brown244637
Le Sueur235020
Mille Lacs227247
Cass219924
Waseca208917
Meeker207434
Martin189328
Wabasha18623
Roseau180217
Hubbard160640
Houston157314
Dodge15214
Renville149540
Redwood147027
Fillmore13728
Chippewa136335
Cottonwood134820
Pennington134116
Wadena130920
Faribault122917
Aitkin118933
Sibley117310
Watonwan11728
Rock115714
Kanabec107419
Pipestone101424
Yellow Medicine97617
Murray9438
Jackson93510
Swift87918
Pope8025
Marshall77815
Stevens7418
Lake73718
Clearwater71914
Lac qui Parle68316
Wilkin67110
Koochiching61811
Big Stone5163
Lincoln5062
Grant4918
Unassigned47968
Norman4768
Mahnomen4417
Kittson40821
Red Lake3625
Traverse3055
Lake of the Woods2191
Cook1180

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 362189

Reported Deaths: 5414
CountyCasesDeaths
Polk58146549
Linn20653312
Scott18288207
Black Hawk16249291
Woodbury14961211
Johnson1383473
Dubuque13537194
Dallas1135890
Pottawattamie10765143
Story1021645
Warren555274
Clinton543284
Cerro Gordo533681
Webster518787
Marshall496272
Sioux494369
Buena Vista473236
Des Moines457661
Muscatine451191
Wapello4330108
Jasper416966
Plymouth394577
Lee375352
Marion359069
Jones294154
Henry292737
Carroll285548
Bremer280154
Crawford274735
Boone259630
Washington254147
Benton252854
Mahaska224346
Jackson221438
Dickinson217439
Tama213465
Kossuth208154
Clay193525
Hamilton192042
Delaware188839
Winneshiek188427
Buchanan185129
Fayette185035
Page183219
Hardin181039
Wright179731
Harrison179669
Cedar177923
Clayton168053
Butler166331
Mills163120
Floyd162740
Madison154518
Cherokee153935
Poweshiek153730
Hancock146829
Lyon145841
Allamakee145646
Iowa144423
Appanoose139147
Grundy139030
Jefferson138232
Winnebago138230
Cass134151
Calhoun133711
Mitchell130840
Louisa128241
Union126331
Chickasaw125213
Sac124218
Emmet121240
Shelby121033
Franklin118419
Humboldt117425
Guthrie116528
Palo Alto104921
Montgomery103936
Howard103121
Clarke100520
Unassigned9890
Keokuk98129
Monroe93128
Adair91928
Ida91032
Pocahontas85519
Davis82623
Monona81627
Greene77310
Lucas73821
Osceola70514
Worth6987
Taylor66412
Fremont5919
Decatur5789
Van Buren55918
Ringgold52020
Wayne48821
Audubon4869
Adams3264
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