Offices in the Franklin County Courthouse in Meadville are open, but with restricted access to the public due to the coronavirus outbreak locally and nationwide.
Beginning this week and until further notice, offices in the courthouse will be locked at all times. Those not needing to speak with a county official directly are asked to call before visiting.
Two tents have been established at windows on both sides of the main entrance to the courthouse facing Main Street.
To the left side of the entrance, the public can transact business with the Chancery and Circuit Clerks offices, including notary services, passports, solid waste payments, land recordings as well as the filing of chancery or circuit court papers.
To the right side, the public can deal with matters for the Tax Assessor-Collector’s office, including tax payments, purchasing tags and filing homestead exemption paperwork.
To conduct business with county offices, use the following telephone numbers:
• Board of Supervisors and Chancery Clerk — 601-384-2330.
• Circuit Clerk and Solid Waste Department — 601-384-2320.
• Tax Assessor-Collector — 601-384-2359
• Franklin County Justice Court — 601-384-2002.
• Franklin County Sheriff’s Department (non-emergency) — 601-384-2323.
Officials are encouraging the public to do business with local governmental offices by mail or by using a credit card to pay for things like tag renewals, property taxes and/or fines.