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COVID-19 Notice – 03/20/2020

COVID-19 Notice 03-20-2020

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PUBLIC  NOTICE (03/31/2020)

The Wise County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. in the School Board Education Center located at 628 Lake Street in Wise to receive citizens comments on  extending the May 31, 2020  real estate tax due date until June 25, 2020, in response to and in consideration of the COVID-19 impact.  This extension is for the May 31, 2020 due date only and will not alter the October 31, 2020 payment or any other future payments.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, public comments may be made by email & mail.

Michael W. Hatfield
County Administrator

Public Notice 03/20/2020

As of March 20, 2020, 9:00AM there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Wise County.  Wise County Board of Supervisors has declared and adopted a local emergency on March 19, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. in recognition of the threat to public health and to help limit the spread and impact of COVID-19 Disease in consideration of the vulnerable population of residents in Wise County.  The declaration of a local emergency will provide the County with access to state and federal resources as maybe needed.  The Small Business Administration announced on March 18th an Economic Injury Disaster Loan Declaration for small business and nonprofit organizations (ESP).  For more information about available SBA resources and services, please visit:  SBA.gov/coronavirus.

(See also:  SBA Economic Injury disaster Loan Fact Sheet)

The County Courthouse remains open for emergency and or essential cases and many offices may have restriction on public entrance.

Individuals are advised NOT to enter the courthouse if they meet the following criteria:

  • Visited China, Iran, South Korea, any European countries, or any other high-risk countries identified by the CDC in the previous 14 days;

  • Traveled domestically within the United States where COVID-19 has sustained widespread community transmission;

  • Been asked to quarantine, isolate, or self-monitor by any doctor, hospital, or health agency;

  • Been diagnosed with, or have had contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with, COVID-19;

  • A fever, cough, or shortness of breath; or

  • Resided with or been in close contact with any person in the above-mentioned categories.

Michael W Hatfield, Wise County Administrator

Preventing Coronavirus Disease Spread in Your Community

How to prepare and take action for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – follow this Link.

Also, the LENOWISCO Health District has provided additional information – Coronavirus CovID-19 Letter and Coronavirus (COVID-19) Flyer.

Wednesday, April 1st is Census Day

Data collected from the census is used to determine a variety of things, such as, how to distribute more than $675 billion in federal funds to support:

  • Housing
  • Hospitals
  • Schools
  • Roads

Learn more


Effective March 15, 2020, the green box dumpsters located on Honeybranch Road will be removed and the site will be closed down.  All residents of Wise County that are currently using this site are directed to take your trash to the convenience center located on Rt. 58, just above the Virginia City Power Plant.  This decision was made due to the health & safety hazard posed to the public by the bears in and around this site.


Effective July 1, 2019 Virginia Code Section 15.2-2511 requires the locality’s audit firm to present the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report to the local governing body at a public session by the following December 31. If the audit is delayed, a locality must publish a statement that the required audit is pending, the reasons for the delay, and the estimated date of completion.

Wise County's Fiscal Year 2019 audit is not complete. The county has component units that are audited by different auditing firms. The county has not received the audit report from one of those firms. That firm recently merged with another firm and are behind on their audits. The Wise County Comprehensive Annual Financial Report’s estimated date of completion is February 29, 2020.

NOTICE – Change to Materials Accepted for Recycling

Effective 10/14/19, Wise County will no longer accept plastic for recycling at any of our convenience centers.  This change in our recycling program was made because of the closure of the recycling company that accepted these materials.  We have worked for the past few months to identify new recycling companies in the region that would accept our plastic, but have been unsuccessful.  Wise County is continuing to look for possible new markets for our recyclables in hopes of offering plastic recycling to our citizens again in the future.  The following is a list of the materials that Wise County is currently accepting for recycling at our convenience centers: 

Newspaper & Magazines
Rubber Tires
Metal Appliances

Wise County also accepts all Electronic Waste such as computers, printers, flat screen monitors and tvs, and copiers for recycling at the Josephine Convenience Center in Norton.

At their Jan. 10, 2019 Regular Meeting, the Wise County Board of Supervisors adopted the 2015 Virginia Maintenance Code – Part III of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (effective Sept. 4, 2018) for Wise County.  Full text of the Code is available for download --> HERE.

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Thu., April 9, 2020
Wise County Board of Supervisors will hold their next Regular Meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the Wise County Schools Education Center, Conference Room A, located on Lake Street in Wise, VA.

Mon., April 13, 2020
Wise County Planning Commission will hold its Regular Meeting at 5:00 p.m. at the Wise County Schools Education Center, Conference Room A, located on Lake Street in Wise, VA.

Tue., April 21, 2020
Wise County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) will hold its next meeting in the County Administrator's Conference Room at the Wise County Courthouse, E Main Street, Wise VA.

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