County Updates Related to COVID-19

The County Administration Building (located at 451 Government Way in Coeur d’Alene) is once again open to the public. However, we ask that anyone exhibiting symptoms of illness PLEASE not schedule appointments, visit county offices, or attend public meetings at this time for the health & safety of our staff and our community

                                                                                                                                                       

This is intended to be a quick reference page for information on the availability of county services as we address Coronavirus concerns in our community. It is the County’s hope that residents make every effort to mitigate the transfer of the virus. Panhandle Health District is the local lead for information and their website is updated often.

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COUNTY DEPARTMENT SERVICE UPDATES

•  AIRPORT / PAPPY BOYINGTON FIELD

Effective May 1, 2020, airport services are available by appointment only, in an effort to practice recommended social distancing protocols. To schedule an appointment, please email kcair@kcgov.us or call (208) 446-1860. Please note that these changes affect administrative services only; airport operations are continuing as usual. We are continuing appointment-only service out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our tenants, especially those who are part of the vulnerable categories for this virus.

•  ASSESSOR’S OFFICE

As of May 1, 2020, services remain available by appointment only, in order to help us maintain operational capacity. Please know that many of the services our department provides can be handled by phone or via email. If you have general property ownership/valuation questions, need to complete an exemption application (homeowner’s, timber, agricultural) or tax reduction benefit application (circuit breaker, disabled veteran), or need other assistance, please call (208 ) 446-1500 or email kcassr@kcgov.us for assistance. You can view our press release in the section below.

Circuit Breaker & Veterans’ Exemption Applicants: Governor Brad Little extended the application deadline for tax reduction benefit applications. Read more here.

•  BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

May 4, 2020 - All public meetings of the County Commissioners (BOCC) will all be held in rooms 1A & 1B of the county administrative building through the month of May to allow for physical distancing. All posted agendas include information regarding telephonic participation. Those wishing to watch without participating can do so on our YouTube channel (Kootenai County Idaho). (Watch our public meetings online here). You can view the BOCC meeting calendar and agendas here.

NOTE: Advisory board meetings will be held as virtual/online meetings until at least May 16th. See the agenda page for individual board details.

•  COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT (PLANNING & BUILDING DEPARTMENT)

May 4, 2020 - In accordance with Governor Little’s statewide guidelines for opening up Idaho, Community Development will be open to the public on a limited basis and by appointment only. For those that we cannot accommodate by appointment, we will continue to conduct work by email and telephone. (Most services remain available through telephone or email communications.) We will also continue to accept and perform inspections that are scheduled either by phone or through this website. Site disturbance and building permit applications must be submitted electronically through the ETRAKIT system; a link is available here. Payments can be made over the phone or by mail. 

Requested building site inspections are being performed as usual. If you have any questions, please email kcbp@kcgov.us or call (208) 446-1070.

•  DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES

Effective May 4, 2020, services are available by appointment only   at both the Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls DMV locations. Appointments can be made using the QLESS app or by accessing QLESS through our website. if you have questions, please call or email one of our offices: Coeur d’Alene - Cdadmv@kcgov.us -  (208) 446-1580 / Post Falls - PFdmv@kcgov.us - (208) 446-1590

Because we expect a heavy demand in service throughout the month of May, we encourage renewal customers to submit renewal payments by drop box or mail. Drop boxes are available in the parking lots of both locations. Any vehicle registration with an expiration date between March 1, 2020, and May 31, 2020, is subject to an extension. For information from the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) on emergency extensions for drivers’ license & vehicle registration renewals, click here. (See: Notice of Emergency Extensions) ITD has announced a 90-day deferral on existing credentials expiring between March 1st and May 31st. 

Download the QLESS app or make an appointment on the web by clicking here.

ITD - (208) 334-8000 - https://itd.idaho.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/DMV-ExtensionFAQ.pdf   

•  DRIVERS’ LICENSING OFFICE

Effective May 4, 2020, services are available by appointment only  at both the Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls locations. Appointments can be made using the QLESS app or by accessing QLESS through our website. Questions can be directed to kcso@kcgov.us or call (208) 446-1340. If you have questions regarding extensions, please see the Idaho Department of Transportation website.

IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION - CLICK HERE

Download the QLESS app or make an appointment on the web by clicking here.

•  ELECTIONS OFFICE

Effective May 4, 2020, the Elections Office resumed regular office hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Absentee ballot requests, registration cards and return envelopes are located outside the main door, while a secure drop box will also be made available to return any correspondence at the Elections Office-1808 N. 3rd St. Coeur d’Alene. You can also mail any correspondence to PO Box 9000, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83816-9000.

Please call 208-446-1030 or email us at kcelections@kcgov.us for any election-related question or visit our website.

On April 1, 2020, the Idaho Secretary of State announced that the May 19, 2020, state and local primary election will be held by mail only. You MUST request an absentee ballot in order to vote in this election. Learn more by clicking HERE or visit the state website at https://idahovotes.gov/.

See deadlines for the May 19th election and what is on the ballot by clicking HERE.

•  FAIRGROUNDS

Our number one goal is to maintain the health & safety of our community we serve, our staff, and our event promoters. Because of this, and based on recommendations from Panhandle Health & the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare, all events are postponed as of March 16, 2020. We are working closely with event promoters to find new dates on the calendar for all of your favorite events. If you have any questions, please contact us at (208) 765-4969.

•  JUVENILE DETENTION

We would like to assure you the health and safety of the juveniles in our care is our primary concern. Our nurse is monitoring everyone’s health daily. The risk for exposure to our current juvenile population is individuals entering the facility who have been exposed. Our staff are maintaining a high standard of preventative measures to limit exposure. We are asking law enforcement, attorneys and counselors to consider phone appointments when possible. Only essential professional visitors are permitted to enter the facility.

Visitation for Parents/Guardians/Grandparents will be conducted by telephone on Saturdays and Sundays between 10:00-11:30 a.m. and 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Please call to schedule a 15-minute phone appointment. If you cannot be available during this time, please contact our office. Juveniles will still have normal access for phone use through Telemate.

Court hearings are being conducted by video only. Parents / Guardians / Grandparents may attend from the JJC or the primary custodial Parents or Guardians may attend at the JDC. Visitors that do not have a legal reason to be in court will NOT be permitted.

Any person accessing our facility will be required to wash their hands in our lobby and use hand sanitizer after screening. If you are exhibiting any symptoms of illness, you will not be allowed into the facility. As this situation evolves, our policies and procedures may change. Our Administration will provide updates, as they are available. Thank you for your patience.

•  PARKS & WATERWAYS

As of May 4, 2020, the Parks & Waterways office is open to the public and all boat launch facilities, recreational trails, and parks are open. We encourage you to enjoy our facilities while maintaining social distancing and other CDC and Panhandle Health recommended safety procedures. 

Be assured that we always keep our restrooms cleaned and stocked, but please be aware that due to limited supplies of toilet paper, our restrooms may be out until paper products are readily available again. Please remember that our facilities are “Pack it in, Pack it out”. Plan to take your trash with you. 

For boat launch pass information, please CLICK HERE.

•  RECORDER’S OFFICE

As of May 4, 2020, the Recorder’s Office is open to the public during regular business hours, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 9:00 a.m.to 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Archive research may be done by appointment only. Please email kcro@kcgov.us or call (208) 446-1480 for appointment information. 

Passport applications are accepted until 2:45 p.m. during the week and until noon on Saturdays. No expedited passport applications can be accepted at this time. Please know that routine application processing may be delayed due to service changes at the Seattle passport agency.

More information, including specific information on passport and marriage license application requirements, can be found on the Recorder’s website - CLICK HERE 

•  SHERIFF’S OFFICE ADMINISTRATION

As of May 1, 2020, the Sheriff’s Office is continuing to limit the number of individuals allowed in the lobby to three people at a time. In addition, fingerprint processing has been temporarily suspended (which includes citizens completing Concealed Carry Permits). If you need to file a police report, please call (208) 446-1300.

The Sheriff’s Labor Program and Work-In-Lieu-of-Probation Program continue to be impacted at this time. Call or email us at kcso@kcgov.us if you have any questions.

•  SOLID WASTE

Solid Waste facilities are open and available for disposal of waste originating in Kootenai County. Staff is making every effort to assure dependable service to the public while limiting staff exposure. Delays at our facilities should be expected through the end of May.  Please be aware of the following:

  • Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection has been reinstated. Prairie Transfer Station (Post Falls) is taking HHW on Fridays and Saturdays from 8 am – 4 pm. Ramsey Transfer Station (Coeur d’Alene) will resume collection on May 13th in our new facility onsite. Ramsey Transfer Station will collect HHW on Wednesdays and Saturdays, 8 am – 4 pm.
  • Recycling is still limited to cardboard, aluminum cans and newspaper. Full recycling should resume by end of May.
  • Customers should limit social interaction with each other or with personnel while utilizing our facilities. Our employees have been instructed to not assist with unloading waste and keep distance between themselves and customers.
  • We do ask that you bag your garbage, if possible. Bagged garbage reduces exposure for our personnel.

Our primary focus continues to be the safe and efficient collection of waste and disposal. For continued updates on service and amenities, please check our website and social media. If you have any questions, please call our office at (208) 446-1430

•  TREASURER’S OFFICE

As of May 4, 2020, the Treasurer’s Office is open to the public with full services being offered. Please call (208) 446-1005 or email kctr@kcgov.us or visit our page on this website if you have any questions.

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