Status of Missoula County operations amid COVID-19

With the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases, some Missoula County offices have delayed plans to reopen further or have returned to working remotely. Below are details for public-facing Missoula County departments.

Clerk and Treasurer’s Office, Missoula County Courthouse First Floor, 200 W. Broadway 

  • The office will close to public entrance starting Monday, July 13, but will honor all previously scheduled in-person appointments. This includes motor vehicle registration, renewals and transfers, property tax payments or changes, and requests for birth certificates and other records. 
  • Customers are encouraged to complete services online at missoulaclerk.us whenever possible.  

Clerk of Court’s Office, Courthouse Second Floor 

  • The office is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with limited staff. 
  • In-person services will be by appointment-only by calling 406-258-4780.  
  • Jury notices will mail next week. Residents with questions about jury service are encouraged to email clerkofcourt@missoulacounty.us if possible. They can also call 406-258-4780 but should expect longer than usual wait times as the county continues to experience a large volume of calls.  
  • The office requests no more than one person to attend an appointment but will make accommodations for marriage license applicants to appear together. 
  • A maximum of three people will be allowed in the customer service area at a time. 
  • Those with appointments should wait in their vehicle until called to limit congestion and must maintain physical distancing of 6 feet in the customer service area. Tape markings on the floor will indicate 6-foot distancing. 
  • A cloth face covering is strongly encouraged for all customers. Disposable masks available upon request. 
  • Hand sanitizer will be available for customers, and staff will wipe down pens, counters and other items between customers. 
  • Only one person will be allowed in the public search area at a time. Customers should call 406-258-4780 to schedule an appointment. 
  • Marriage applicants may continue to apply for marriage licenses online, without an in-person visit. 
  • Self-represented litigants are encouraged to continue to submit paperwork by email, fax, mail or drop box. The regular fee for email/fax will be waived. 
  • Attorneys in cases not yet available for e-filing are encouraged to continue to submit pleadings by email, fax, mail or drop box. The regular fee for email/fax will be waived. 
  • Email: clerkofcourt@missoulacounty.us 
  • Fax: 406-258-4899 

Commissioners’ Office, 199 W. Pine St. 

  • Commissioners will continue to hold their public meetings virtually via Teams through July. 
  • The public can check the commissioners’ schedule for information ahead of each upcoming public meeting. 
  • Staff check email, mail and voicemail each day. 

Community and Planning Services127 E. Main St. 

  • The office is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. 
  • Members of the public are strongly encouraged to wear masks when visiting the office, and disposable masks are available if needed. 
  • Guests will need to use the self-check station and sign in (including date and contact info) to assist with contact tracing, if necessary. 
  • The info desk will be staffed from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily to field questions from the public about zoning, permits, land use, projects or plans and can be reached by phone at 406-258-4642 or email at zoner@missoulacounty.us.  
  • The department encourages the continued submission of documents and forms electronically when possible. 

County Attorney’s Office, Courthouse Fourth Floor 

  • Majority of employees returned to working remotely and can assist the public by phone, mail or email.  
  • In-person assistance is available by appointment/invitation only for purpose of trials, hearings and prep. 
  • Employees working in the office must practice physical distancing for any in-person meetings, including department meetings, public meetings, meetings with law enforcement, victims, witnesses, other attorneys, etc.  
  • Attorneys, court staff, law enforcement, witnesses, etc., may be allowed in the office if accompanied by an employee, necessary for trial or trial prep, and NOT exhibiting any symptoms.  
  • Anyone in the office must adhere to strict social distancing guidelines and comply with check stations in place. It is strongly recommended that employees wear a face mask, especially in common areas such as halls, entryways and stairs, and wash hands/sanitize often.   
  • Disposable face masks will be available for those who need one.   

Crime Victim Advocate Program, 317 Woody St. 

  • The office remains open with limited staff. 
  • Telephone-based services are strongly encouraged. 
  • Walk-in are welcome from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., though appointments are strongly encouraged as staff are only meeting with one client in-person at a time.
  • People can call 406-258-3830 to make an appointment.  
  • The office encourages no more than one person to attend an appointment but will make accommodations for parties of two. 
  • A maximum of two clients will be allowed in the office at one time. 
  • Clients will be required to wear a face covering to enter the office. Paper masks will be provided to those who don’t have them.  
  • Visitors should plan to maintain a 6-foot distance from staff when visiting the office and/or when attending court with an advocate. 
  • Hand sanitizer will be available for clients, and staff will wipe down pens and other items between customers. 
  • For general information, visit www.missoulacounty/cva 

District Court, Courthouse Second and Third Floors 

  • Trials in District Court, which is a function of the state, have been postponed for the week of July 6. Those with questions should contact their attorney or the courts for additional information. 

Elections Center, 140 N. Russell St.  

  • The Elections Center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and providing voter services with social distancing and sanitation measures in place.  
  • Voters are encouraged to access services online at www.missoulavotes.com.  

Historical Museum at Fort Missoula3400 Captain Rawn Way 

  • Due to the uptick in COVID cases, the main museum building will close to the public effective Wednesday, July 8.  
  • Museum grounds and outbuildings will remain open.  
  • The museum is currently accepting book donations by appointment only.  
  • Volunteer activities are currently on hold. 
  • Groups of up to 50 can gather on the grounds starting Monday, July 13, but must submit a plan for approval.   
  • The museum plans to resume all normal activities when the state enters Phase Three.  

Justice Court, Courthouse, First Floor 

  • All court hearings other than trials, order of protection hearings, and landlord/tenant possession hearings will be held by conference call or video. Parties should not appear in court unless a judge or clerk instructs them to. 
  • Anyone who receives a ticket should contact the clerk of court at 406-258-3470 to schedule an initial appearance. 
  • Anyone physically appearing in a courtroom must use cloth face coverings. The court will provide disposable masks for those unable to provide their own.  
  • The court will not begin conducting criminal jury trials again until later this month, at the earliest. Civil jury trials will not resume until September, at the earliest. 
  • The court is officiating weddings again under limited circumstances.  
  • Upon request, initial appearances, trials and other proceedings will be available to the public via Zoom.  

Missoula County Fairgrounds, 1101 South Ave. W. 

Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St.  

  • Curbside service will continue at the current facility from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday through Wednesday, July 22.  
  • Beginning July 22, the library will temporarily suspend curbside lending, online/virtual programming and reference services. Service suspension will allow staff to focus on the safe and orderly moving and restocking of the library’s extensive collection to the new building at 455 E. Main St.  
  • Curbside service will resume Monday, Aug. 3, at the new facility.  
  • The tentative opening date for the new building is Monday, Aug. 31. This is subject to change as conditions warrant.   

Public Works, 6089 Training Drive 

  • The main office in Missoula is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. 
  • No more than two customers at a time are allowed in the lobby. The department asks that when visitors see more than one customer inside that they wait in their vehicles until a customer leaves.  
  • Signage is in place to help customers adhere to social distancing while inside. Public Works recommends that customers wear masks, and a limited number of disposable masks are available upon entry.  
  • The Seeley Lake satellite office is open by appointment only. Please call 406-396-8148 to make an appointment. 
  • Public Works inspectors have resumed all inspections, including interior inspections. The department encourages on-site customers and contractors to wear appropriate PPE during the inspection and follow social distancing guidelines. 

Superintendent of Schools, 410 W. Spruce St.

  • Office is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., though office hours may vary due to limited staffing.
  • Public is encouraged to make appointments, use the drop box or send correspondence through the U.S. Postal Service.
  • Masks are required to enter the building.
  • There is a limit of one person at a time due to the small size of the reception area.  

Weed District and Extension Office, 2825 Santa Fe Court 

  • Some programming is being provided virtually or has been postponed or canceled. Some programs are running, with special arrangements.  
  • Office is open by appointment or no-contact drop-off of samples only.  

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