Some Kansas counties set to reopen government facilities Monday

Published: May. 1, 2020 at 1:53 PM CDT
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As the statewide stay-at-home expires for Kansas May 3 at midnight, several counties say their facilities will reopen Monday, May 4. All say they will enforce social distancing. Others have implemented features to help keep employees and the public safe.

Harvey County

Harvey County says temporary plastic barriers have been placed at customer service desks. Maintenance staff are conducting additional and routine sanitizing of touchpoints such as door handles, countertops and bathrooms. Additional sanitizer stations have been placed throughout facilities. Seating in waiting areas have been realigned to create social distancing.

Visitors to county facilities are encouraged to wear face covers over their nose and mouth.

The Treasurer’s Office will conduct vehicle tag and driver’s license transactions by appointment only. Appointments can be made through a sign-up form on

under the County Operational Changes tab on the home page or the Treasurer’s Office page. Many transactions can also be completed by mail, phone, online or through the dropbox on the south side of the Harvey County Courthouse. Real estate tax payment transactions do not need an appointment.

The Register of Deeds Office will be open by appointment only. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 316-284-6950. No passport work will be completed at this time.

The Department on Aging will be open by appointment only for questions on home services and Medicare assistance. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 316-284-6880. Interurban, the general public transportation program, has limited transportation for medical, work or food supplies with 24-hour advance notice. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 316-284-6802.

The health department remains open by appointment only. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 316-283-1637. The department is closed daily from noon to 1 p.m.

The Harvey County Commission will discuss park operations at its Tuesday meeting. Harvey County East Park, West Park and Camp Hawk are currently open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., with no camping allowed and adherence to mass gathering guidance.

Barton County

The Barton County Courthouse will reopen to the public on Monday, May 4, and social distancing will be enforced.

The Main Street entrance on the west side of the courthouse will be open to the public. The Kansas Street entrance on the east side will remain locked. All visitors will be screened for fever over 100.4º, travel history and COVID symptoms prior to admittance.

Other county departments may operate with restricted access or by appointment.

The county will continue to provide services at the Barton County Annex Building located at the corner of Broadway and Morton.

In light of Governor Kelly’s reopening plan, the Local Health Officer rescinded Barton County Emergency Order No. 2020-01.

Butler County

Butler County will begin reopening offices to public access at 8 a.m. Monday, May 4. Most facilities will be open to the public with some minor restrictions.

Public access to the Historic Courthouse will be limited to the west entrance to aid in limiting the number of people waiting in the building for service from the Motor Vehicle Department to eleven (11). Patrons visiting the Historic Courthouse and Western Office Motor Vehicle locations will be greeted at the door by a Motor Vehicle Department employee and entered into the QLess line management system. Motor Vehicle patrons will then be allowed to proceed to the second-floor waiting area or asked to wait in their vehicle.

The Butler County District Court will remain closed to the public and the Butler County Health/Extension building will have limited public access.

The Butler County Driver’s License Office will remain closed until the state re-opens state-operated Driver’s License offices statewide. Since traffic outside of the second floor of the Historic Courthouse is usually limited to a few people, no other restrictions will be in place.

Butler County Commission meetings will be reopened to public attendance on Tuesday, May 5.