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Letcher Judge/Executive declares emergency, closes county buildings to publicFree Access

Letcher County Judge/Executive Terry Adams has declared a state of emergency, putting the county on a disaster footing to response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The order was issued Wednesday afternoon. As of Thursday morning, the courthouse will be closed to all foot traffic. Business will only be conducted by telephone, and the Letcher County Office of Emergency Management will provide “such assistance as may be required” to respond to the emergency.
Under the state of emergency the judge/executive can wave formalities otherwise required by law such as performance of public work, entering into contracts, incurring obligations, employing permanent and temporary workers, using volunteer workers, renting equipment and appropriating and spending public money.
All county buildings will be closed for a minimum of 14 days. For non-medical emergencies, contact the office of the county judge/executive at (606) 633-2129 or Letcher County Emergency Management at (606) 633-0429.
Vehicle and property tax payments can be made online. Residents can call the Letcher County Sheriff’s Office at (606) 633-2293 for property tax payments and the Letcher County Clerk’s Office at (606) 633-2432 for vehicle tax payment help.
Sanitation bills can be paid online, by phone or by mail. Residents who can only pay with cash should call (606) 633-2129 to make arrangements, and if payments are delayed due to the closing, late fees will be waived.
The closure order for county buildings does not include the sheriff’s office, which is located at 6 Broadway in Whitesburg, directly behind the courthouse.

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