Credit Cards Now Accepted in the Lewis County Permit Center
Lewis County prides itself on keeping the customer's needs in sight. Requests to facilitate payment for permitting services with a credit card is now a reality! This recent change in process is another component of the Lewis County Process Improvement Initiative.
Begining December 5, 2016, Lewis County Permit Center, which includes Community Development, Environmental Services and Public Works, officially launched Point & Pay. To our customers, this means we will accept all major credit cards for services, including permit fees, at the permit center. At this time we are not accepting e-checks or online. The vendor providing this service is Point & Pay. The vendor does charge a convenience fee. The convenience fee is 2.5% of the cost of your permit.
During our soft launch, customers Keith Gainer and Christy Anderson, owner of the Mason Jar in Onalaska, graciously worked with us to test the system. With a little patience, they were our first customers to pay for their permits using a credit card. Thank you Keith and Christy!
As always, please let us know of services or efficiencies you would like to see when visiting the Permit Center - we love hearing from you!
For further information, please contact one of our Permit Technicians at 360.740.1146.
Shop'n Kart store management chose to discard many cakes and cupcakes last week due to an employee receiving a positive test for Hepatitis A. After further testing, it has been determined that the original test was a false positive. Even though it was a false postive, Shop'n Kart's management went above and beyond working with the Health Department to ensure their employees and customers were protected. Please share widely that their bakery items are safe to eat! (Cake items purchased with personal dollars, no government funding.)
At the direction of the Lewis County Board of County Commissioners, county staff and customers completed a Process Improvement Initiative to identify changes to improve the residential permitting process. Please read the entire press release here.
Lewis County holds a continuous online surplus auction of declared surplus personal property. New listings are posted on an as needed basis. Follow surplus property link http://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/lewisco,wa/browse/home for property listing and auction rules. Personal property generally includes, furniture, computer equipment, food service equipment, and misc. items.
Sheriff Robert R. Snaza, Lewis County Sheriff’s Office
Date/Time: September 27, 2016 @ 1550 Hours
Contact: Chief Dusty Breen
Phone: (360) 740-1327
Release #: 1
Joint Narcotic Task Force (JNET) Arrests Drannon Bradley Smyth
During the evening of September 26th, members of JNET, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Sheriff’s Enforcement Team, and the U.S. Marshals Service executed a search warrant in the 200 block of Newaukum Golf Drive, in rural Chehalis. This was the result of an ongoing JNET investigation into Drannon Bradley Smyth, a 23 year old Chehalis resident, street name “Dragon”. During the investigation JNET personnel learned Smyth was a large scale seller of controlled substances, and was also trading firearms during these transactions, which he could not lawfully possess.
During the service of the search warrant Smyth was arrested for 13 counts Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Heroin with Intent to Deliver, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver, Unlawful Possession of Prescription Pills, and Unlawful Possession of LSD. His roommate, 30 year old Chehalis resident Sean Anthony Penn, was also arrested for an unrelated warrant out of Thurston County.
Seized during the service of the search warrant were numerous firearms, large amounts of heroin, methamphetamine, and hundreds of prescription pills. During the investigation, Smyth admitted to purchasing three sports-type cars using either controlled substances, or proceeds of selling controlled substances. Of the 18 firearms seized by JNET, several have been determined to have been stolen from within Lewis County.
JNET Sergeant Brian Warren said, “This arrest highlights the partnership we have other agencies. Working together will help us be more effective and focus on drug issues in rural Lewis County. The Joint Narcotics Task Force will continue to aggressively go after people who choose to be involved in illegal drugs in our communities”.
If anyone has information regarding Smyth’s activities involving the trafficking of controlled substance or stolen firearms, please contact JNET at (360) 330-7680 or (360) 748-9286.
The Lewis County Auditor's Office has partnered with our County IT Department to come up with new ways to present election results to citizens who come to the courthouse on election night. There will be three screens displaying the election results. There will also be the ability to use the county's wifi network to connect citizens' phones to the election results website. We will also have a QR code available that will automatically direct you to the election results website. Your phone will need a QR scanner app which is available free from the Google Play Store or iTunes.