Stanley County To Close Courthouse To General Public Monday, Still Open For Court

(KCCR) — The Stanley County Commission has approved moving to a full temporary closure of the Stanley County Courthouse to the general public. Auditor Phil Burtch says the closure will take effect Monday…

“We will have all the outside doors locked.  Employees will have to use their key fobs to get in.  We will have a table with forms and envelopes and a drop box at the south doors so people can come in there.  They can also call with a phone call, email or by regular mail.  Still do business with us ’cause were gonna be fully staffed.  But at the door, the south door just because there’s more room in that, at those doors we’re gonna put the table and the drop box and the drop box will be checked periodically through out each the day and distributed obviously.  Anything that has to be mailed will be mailed at the expense of the County.  We’re not going to put that expense on to the taxpayers.”
While the courthouse will be closed to walk-in traffic from the general population special provisions are being made for those with pending legal matters and court appearances in Stanley County…

“Because the Supreme Court has not cancelled or postponed any of the Court.  We will rope off the east doors so people coming in for Court will be able to enter the left…NO the right doors coming upstairs and then upstairs will be roped off so no one can come farther down the courthouse.  This is only temporary until things…you know, obviously we’ll have to revisit it at a later date.”
The Stanley County Commission will reconsider the courthouse closure status at their regular meeting on April 7th. Burtch also says phone equipment is also on the way to help both the Stanley County Commission and Fort Pierre City Council conduct remote meetings due to social distancing guidelines…

“The conference phone that we’re going to have here for our future meetings until this Covid is done, that’s 499-dollars.  That’s already ordered, it’s supposed to be here tomorrow (Friday).  At the store, I don’t know if they’ll be here on Monday…They said they’ll have it here for us for our meetings starting with the city’s meeting…regular meeting on April 6th so then we’ll us it on April 7th for our Commission meeting so.  We’ll have to set it up through Zoom, which is a conference calling center.  It’s 15-dollars a month, but they’ll give us a…one number.  They’ll give us a meeting ID so we can at least put it out there so; for people who aren’t going to come to the meeting, they can at least call in and listen in and they can participate in our meetings.” 
The Commission also tabled a request by the City of Fort Pierre to install two TV monitors in the Commission room that is shared by both governing bodies. Fort Pierre wants the equipment for meeting teleconferencing and meeting presentations.