Drive-through site to close due to lack of customers

Published: Mar. 26, 2020 at 5:31 PM EDT
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Update: 4/27/2020

A remote drive-through site Wood County set up to help residents take care of county business is closing.

The commission was told by the assessor and the county and circuit clerks their employees would no longer staff the site on Dudley Avenue.

Commissioners were told Monday it has had very little traffic in the month it's been open. Circuit Clerk Celeste Ridgway said most of her public correspondence has been through e-mail.

Commission President Blair Couch said CARES funding can be used to pay the remainder of the 6-month lease the county signed with West Virginia Central Federal Credit Union.


Correction: the lease approved by the Wood County Commission is with West Virginia Central Federal Credit Union, the owners of the building on Dudley Avenue.


Wood County residents will soon be able to take care of some county business at a drive-through site on Dudley Avenue.

The county commission Thursday agreed to a lease with Consumer Credit Counseling for the use of the drive-through window, once used by a former credit union business.

Wood County began negotiating a lease for the site before Wednesday's announcement that the courthouse and most of the Donald F. Black Annex would be closed to in-person foot traffic.

"This was the best plan I could come up with," Commission President Blair Couch said Thursday. "It will allow us to socially isolate (and) keep the public safer, keep our staff safer."

Services available at the site have not yet been determined. The Sheriff's Tax Office has long conducted business at a separate location near the Black Annex.

The commission will pay Consumer Credit Counseling $1200 a month for use of the drive-through window.

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