Hayden satellite courthouse now open five days a week



Blount County elected officials and employees gather in front of the Blount County satellite courthouse in Hayden. From the left, Revenue Commissioner Gregg Armstrong; employees Amanda Hale, Julie Fines, Cindy Self, and Jo Ann Green; and Probate Judge/Commission chairman Chris Green (no relation to Jo Ann).

Blount County elected officials and employees gather in front of the Blount County satellite courthouse in Hayden. From the left, Revenue Commissioner Gregg Armstrong; employees Amanda Hale, Julie Fines, Cindy Self, and Jo Ann Green; and Probate Judge/Commission chairman Chris Green (no relation to Jo Ann).

As of last week, the satellite courthouse, located behind the Hayden City Hall and adjacent to the Hayden Middle School building, is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. five days a week. Previously it had been open only three days. Now, routine transactions that can be completed at the courthouse in Oneonta can be completed at the Hayden satellite courthouse, except those noted below.

(1) Property taxes cannot be paid after the deadline date in Hayden; payments made after the second week in January must be made in the revenue office in Oneonta. (2) Legal documents cannot be recorded in Hayden; they must be recorded at the probate office in Oneonta. (3) Marriage licenses are not available in Hayden, nor are marriage ceremonies performed there; both must be handled through the probate office in Oneonta.

The satellite courthouse was first opened in June 2004, with the Sheriff’s Department as the first tenant. The revenue office first opened a few days later, on a two-day-a-week basis initially, later adding a third day to the schedule.

“We want to make things as convenient as we can for people,” Armstrong said, “and we can do this without any additional cost.” He noted the office is used by residents from a large area, including Locust Fork, Nectar, Bangor, and even Cleveland, as well as by residents of the westernmost part of the county. Green observed that it not only increases convenience for those residents, but for users of the Oneonta courthouse as well, by reducing the volume of transactions and the length of the lines there.