TRENTON, NJ -- Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes ordered the closure of all county-run facilities, except for essential functions, beginning at the close of business of Monday, March 16 until further notice due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) public health crisis. In addition, Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello announced the closure of the Clerk’s Office and the passport operation at the County Connection in Hamilton in line with Hughes' order.
“The purpose of this action is to reduce the movement of people in county buildings for the health and safety of our employees and the public with whom they interact,” Hughes said.
Facilities, and their locations, to close include:
- The McDade Administration Building, 640 South Broad St.;
- Office of the County Clerk, 209 South Broad St.; Board of Social Services, 200 Woolverton St.;
- One-Stop Career Center, 26 Yard Ave.;
- Cooperative Extension of Mercer County, 1440 Parkside Ave., Ewing;
- Mercer County Connection, Route 33 at Paxson Avenue, Hamilton;
- All branches of the Mercer County Library System;
- The Mercer County Improvement Authority, 80 Hamilton Ave.;
- CURE Insurance Arena, 81 Hamilton Ave.; and
- Arm & Hammer Park, 1 Thunder Road.
All Mercer County Park Commission facilities will close but open spaces will remain available for passive recreation with patrols by Park Rangers.
In addition, the Correction Center, Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Services Communications Center will remain open. The Criminal and Civil Courthouses will be open only for emergency court proceedings, and the Office of the Surrogate will be open only for cases deemed emergent.
Essential services that will continue operating include TRADE (Transportation Resources to Aid the Disadvantaged and Elderly), which will suspend transportation for shopping but continue service for medical appointments, including dialysis, and meal delivery; emergency roadway operations and other functions deemed essential.
Since the Trenton-Mercer Airport is a public-use facility, the Federal Aviation Administration requires it to be open to accommodate medivac, military and state police operations. The FAA has not yet placed limitations on commercial travel or general aviation.
With respect to the County Clerk's office, operations for timely recording of documents can continue via e-recording at njcountyrecording.com. However, due to the office closure, you will need to sign up using an outside vendor. Both Simplifile and CSC are established and responsible vendors -- contact Simplifile at 1-800-460-5657 (simplifile.com) or CSC at 1-866-652-0111 (firstname.lastname@example.org.) Property searches can be done remotely at pip.mercercounty.org,
All other services that the County Clerk’s Office usually offers such as county identification cards, in-person property recording, passports, notary commissions, etc. will not be available to the public until further notice.
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