New changes for Hoke government offices, library

There are new restrictions on some Hoke County government offices as of today, and changes to programming at the Hoke County Public Library. Hoke County Manager Letitia Edens issued a public notice about the restrictions, which are meant to limit the exposure of staff and citizens to COVID-19. “Our main priority is the safety and security of our Community,” Edens wrote in the update.

The following measures will be implemented beginning Tuesday, March 17: 

1.    Hoke County Government services will operate with the following restrictions. County Departments will have limited access by staff and the general public. Limited access for specific Departments will be placed on readyhoke.org and signs will be placed on Buildings that are affected. Events planned for Hoke County facilities should follow the governor’s mandatory rule of canceling all events with over 100 persons this is subject to change based on future updates by Federal/State or Local Government Officials.


2.    Finance Department – Departments will use baskets in mailroom to submit documents for payroll, AP, AR, Asst. Finance Director, and Finance Director

 3.     Department of Social Services Clients that have questions or only need to turn in documents use the following ways:

a.    Call 910-875-8725

b.    Fax documents to 910-875-1068

c.    Use drop box in front of the DSS Building at 314 S. Magnolia Street Raeford, NC 28376

4.    Customers are encouraged to pay utility bills in one of the following manners: 

a.    on-line at www.hokecounty.org

b.    call IVR 1-833-250-4481

c.    check/money order and place in the drop box at the front of L.E. McLaughlin Building (Old Armory Building).

5.    Customers are encouraged to pay tax bills in one of the following manners:

a.    Online at www.hokecounty.org

b.    Check or money order placed in US Mail.

c.    Dial 1-877-690-3729, Jurisdiction code 3963 to make payment.

d.    Call direct 910-875-8751 and collection staff will assist via phone.

“These preventative measures will be in place until March 27, 2020 and are subject to be extended while we assess the situation and are provided guidance from Federal, State and Local agencies,” Edens said in the statement posted to the county’s emergency updates website.

The Hoke County Public Library is also currently open, but has suspended its programs, according to library director Sheila Brown Evans. Evans provided the following statement:
“Hoke County Public Library is currently open during normal hours, but all library-sponsored programming, including Preschool Storytime and free tax preparation by AARP Tax-Aide volunteers has been suspended until further notice. Meeting room & stage use by other groups has been canceled through March 31. Hours and available services are subject to change as the coronavirus situation develops, so please call the library at 910.875.2502, check our website at www.srls.info, or follow us on Facebook for updates.
All overdue fines are being waived during this time. Patrons are encouraged to use our outside book drop for returns. They can also renew online using the catalog link on our website or phone the library for assistance. Digital resources are available on our website with your HCPL library card, including eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, movies & music!”