Grainger Commission approves walk-up window

Grainger County residents will soon have a new way to submit payments for tags and taxes from the comfort of their own car.

The Grainger County Commission Monday night approved an $87,500 bid from Andrews and Hoskins Construction of Talbott to replace an existing window at the courthouse with a new drive-through window for the County Trustee and County Clerk’s offices.

The window was first proposed in the fall of last year and had been under discussion for the last five months before action was taken Monday. The idea for a drive-through window was developed through the COVID-19 pandemic and the fact that the County Clerk’s Office has very limited space in which to serve customers.

“Basically, it’s turning one of the windows from a regular window to a thrive-through window, just like at restaurants,” County Mayor Mike Byrd said.

The $87,500 price tag will include the window, a weather cover, plus a drop box for after-hours payments.

In other action, Commissioner Gary Wayne Dalton and Woody Roach were reappointed to the Grainger County Communications Board. Their new terms will expire Feb. 9, 2025.

The next meeting will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, May 10, at the Grainger County Justice Center in Rutledge.