While a lot of our daily lives are being adversely impacted by the COVID-19 coronavirus, essential job duties are still being performed in Wright County. One of those positions deemed essential is the county recorder’s office.
Wright County Recorder Tanya West said that, while some of her staff has been required to work remotely, her office is still recording electronic and paper documents each day that are mailed to her office via the U.S. Postal Service, UPS and FedEx. She added that there is a drop box outside her office (Room 210 of the Wright County Government Center).
While the public counters are closed, the recorder’s staff is still processing birth, death and marriage certificates on a daily basis.
This morning, all county recorders receive an e-mail from the Property Records Industry Association (PRIA) informing them that they are an essential part of the workforce because of the vital role they play in the establishment of permanent records and the economy.
Here is that memo:
Recorders Are Essential to the US Economy
During these trying times, it is important to focus on the critical and essential function of the Recorder’s Office to power, sustain and restore the U.S. economic engine. Because of the current response to the COVID-19 outbreak, some recorders are closing their operations or reducing hours, staffing and/or services. These moves are understandable as recorders follow the advice of public officials and make the health and safety of employees and customers a priority.
The Recorder’s Office provides constructive notice of interest in real property. Even during difficult situations, the land title and mortgage finance industries depend heavily on the recorders’ documentation as essential functions for their businesses and for the consumer.
Recorders provide title professionals with the ability to search the public land records and, after a real estate closing is complete, to record the documents which establish the property rights of the new owner and the lien priority for the lender. This reliance on proof of land ownership drives the economy of our country.
As we face this health crisis, those of us in the property records industry are working together towards common goals of preserving the integrity of the land records and continuing to facilitate the important transfer of real estate across the country.
Although at times the Wright County Government Center may have the look of a ghost town, departments are still take care of the critical business of county government and the Wright County Recorder’s office reminds residents that it is still open for business and prepared to meet the needs of our citizens when it is needed.