County Operations during Covid-19
Last Updated March 23, 2020
The Hamilton County Commissioners have ordered the county to operate under a Level Three Operations in response to Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb’s stay-at-home order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19.
Beginning Tuesday, March 24th at 4:30 p.m., all county government offices will be closed to in-person public activity until at least April 7th. This includes the Hamilton County Judicial Center, Old Courthouse, Hamilton County Parks & Recreation Department, Hamilton County Health Department, Hamilton County Highway Department, Hamilton County Soil & Conservation District, Hamilton County Weights & Measures, and the Hamilton County Household Hazardous Waste Center.
County employees will work remotely whenever possible and continue to provide core functions online and by phone.
All public safety functions will continue. The lobbies of the Sheriff’s Office are closed to the public, but if you’ve been issued a court order or are legally required to be at the jail you will be expected to show up. Gun permits are still being processed by appointment only at (317) 773-1872.
Essential court functions will continue. If you’ve been scheduled to appear in one of the courts, please check with your attorney or the court in order to confirm that you are expected to show up.
Refer below for Operational Changes: Methods and adjustments for continuing services.
Summary of Cancellations:
Some County Government meetings and events have been cancelled. Please check our County Calendar for the current status of each event. All park programs, events and facility rentals will be suspended from March 16 through April 15.
Summary of Operational Changes:
County Parks: Full Notice
Hamilton County Parks and Recreation park grounds and Restrooms will remain open and accessible to the public to enjoy isolated recreation. Increased cleaning and sanitation measures are being taken multiple times every day, BUT CDC-issued precautions should be taken when in the park, and especially when using the park restroom facilities.
Closed: All Playgrounds, Cool Creek Nature Center, the Taylor Center of Natural History, Koteewi Range Sport and Target Archery Center.
Cancelled: All park programs, events and facility rentals will be suspended from March 16 through April 15
Elections and Voting:
The Primary Election has been postponed. It will now be held on June 2, 2020.
For the 2020 Primary, a change has been made by the Indiana Election Commission that any registered voter can vote by Absentee Mail. You will need to send in an application by Thursday, May 21st for a ballot to be mailed to you. The applications are on the Elections website, or you may call at 317-776-8476 to request an application be sent to you.
Treasurer’s Office: Full Notice
We’re asking taxpayers to avoid coming into our office; if you need to visit please call first. We’re still available to answer questions by phone at at (317) 776-962.
- Tax Payments: Please avoid coming to the office, we recommend one of the following methods for making payments:
- Pay online at https://www.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/673/Payment-Methods-and-Lender-Information. Online payment fees do apply. e-Checks are $1 and credit cards are 2.5%.
- Drop off payments at the antique drop box outside the east door of the Old Courthouse. If you’d like a receipt, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
- Drop off payments at the following banks: BMO, Busey, Citizens State, Community First, Farmers, Fifth Third, First Farmers, First Merchants, Horizon, Merchants Bank of Indiana, and Star Financial. Many have transitioned to drive-up only, but are still accepting payments.
- Property tax bills will be mailed no later than April 15th. The Treasurer’s Office has made these amounts available online for early viewing at https://secure2.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/PropertyReports/index.aspx.
- Refer to the Full Notice for recommendations concerning Property Tax Clearance Forms, Innkeepers Tax payments, Mobile Home Title and Moving Permits.
Sheriff’s Office: Full Notice
All services to the public will continue.
- When you call dispatch (317-773-1282) or 911 patrol deputies will respond. Some investigations may be handled with a telephone call if the incident is not in progress. Proactive patrols will continue.
- Do not come to our facility if your business can be handled over the phone, by email, or can otherwise be delayed. Almost all the administrative services we provide can be handled through these methods. Please call 317-773-1872 if you have any questions.
- We are taking precautions to ensure a safe corrections environment, operations will continue without interruption.
- Please do not come to our facility for inmate visitations or commissary deposits. All jail visits and commissary transactions must be completed remotely. Please set up an account at: https://www.gettingout.com/
- If you are required to come to our campus and are symptomatic, sick or have been in the last 72 hours, please call 317-773-1872 during business hours or 317-776-9800 after hours before you come.
- Crucial sex offender registration and verification will still occur on site.
- Refer to the Full Notice for recommendations concerning: Fingerprinting, background checks, public record requests, background checks for gun permit applications, and Tax warrant payments.
- Our ride-a-long program, building tours and citizens academy have temporarily been suspended.
Hamilton Circuit and Superior Courts: Full Notice
The Courts will continue to be open and hold essential emergency hearings during this time. This includes and is not limited to the following:
- Initial hearing for in-custody defendants
- Bond reviews
- Initial hearings on CHINS and continued initial hearings
- Fact findings for CHINS that are time sensitive
- Protection order hearings
- Civil commitments
- Probate mental health hearings
- Detention hearings for CHINS and juvenile delinquencies
- Any other hearing at the discretion of the Judge
Jury Duty: individuals who have received a jury summons for March 18, 2020 through May 4, 2020 should not report for jury service.
All Attorneys/Litigants/Parties to a case, who are scheduled to come to court for any hearing from March 18, 2020 through May 4, 2020 should consult www.mycase.in.gov or contact your attorney to receive the advice of counsel to verify your court date.
Cases and documents may be filed in the Hamilton Circuit and Superior Courts using the Indiana E-file system. Parties may continue to access information on their cases at www.mycase.in.gov or by contacting their attorney to receive the advice of counsel.