By Curt Yeomans
Clayton County residents will have to go without everyday services, such libraries and parks, for the rest of this week. The county's government will shut down for Christmas at the close of business today, Wednesday.
The county is -- for the most part -- taking a couple of days off so county employees can celebrate the holidays, said county spokesperson, Jamie Carlington. She said county employees are given two days off for Christmas every year, and with Christmas falling on a Saturday this year, employees get the two preceding days off.
Only essential county services (i.e. law enforcement and firefighters) will be operating for the remainder of this week, Carlington added. She also said the days will not be counted as furlough days for county employees.
"They just fall under 'holidays,' " Carlington said. "Our public safety departments will operate as normal, but everything else will be closed."
The shutting down of the county for the holidays means anyone who has to do business with the county will either have to take care of it today, or wait until Monday. One such form of business is car tag renewal, while the county offices are closed.
"They should probably go ahead and take care of that on Wednesday [today]," Carlington said.
Officials at the Clayton County Tax Commissioner's Motor Vehicle Tag Office said anyone whose tag is up for renewal between Thursday and Sunday will be able to come in to the county's two tag office locations and renew the tag without paying a financial penalty. People who wait until Monday will, however, run the risk of getting a ticket if they are pulled over by police, tag office officials added.
Tag renewals can also be done online, through the Georgia Department of Revenue's Vehicle Registration Renewal web site, which is located at https://mvd.dor.ga.gov/tags/.
To renew a car tag online, a person will need his or her vehicle emission inspection form, and the Internet Renewal Identification Number (RIN), which can only be found on the vehicle registration renewal notice, according to the Department of Revenue's web site.
The county's main tag office is located at 121 South McDonough Street, in Jonesboro, in the "Annex 3" building next to the Historic Clayton County Courthouse. The satellite tag office is located at 1510 Southlake Pkwy., in Morrow. For more information on vehicle tags, call (770) 477-3331.
The last county services to close for the holidays today will be the Clayton County Library System and the Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department. The counties recreation facilities will close at their regular times, but all of the library branches will close at 6 p.m., instead of their normal closing time of 9 p.m.
Clayton County Library System Director, Carol Stewart, said the Clayton County Library Board has a policy in place that mandates all library branches must close at 6 p.m. on the day before a holiday. She added that signs have been posted at all library branches, and on the library system's web site, www.claytonpl.org/, to let people know of the holiday hours and closings.
The library branches and parks and recreation facilities are scheduled to re-open on Sunday. All other county offices will re-open on Monday. Carlington said all county offices will be closed again, on New Years Eve, Dec. 31. The web sites for the library system, and the parks and recreation department show both departments will also be closed on New Years Day, Jan. 1, 2011.
On the Net:
Clayton County Government: http://www.claytoncountyga.gov/
Clayton County Library System: http://www.claytonpl.org/
Clayton County Parks and Recreation: http://www.claytonparks.com/
Department of Revenue Vehicle Tag Renewals: https://mvd.dor.ga.gov/tags/