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Repair work will shut down the Oldham County Clerk's main office next week.
County Clerk Julie K. Barr said the La Grange office will close April 15-19 for renovations.
During the week, La Grange staff will shift to satellite offices in Crestwood and Prospect to accommodate increased traffic at those locations.
The La Grange office will still be open to residents seeking marriage licenses.
When the office reopens April 22, the county's online public records will be available for free.
As part of a new deal with the OC Clerk's online vendor, Barr said anyone with an Oldham County address will be able to access online public records at no cost.
Currently, such records can only be accessed by signing up for an eCCLIX subscription. That requires a one-time set-up fee of $200 per county, a $65 monthly service charge for one user and a $10 monthly fee for each additional user.
Those outside the county limits will still need a subscription to access records.
The charges are part of an original agreement between the OC Clerk's office and Louisville-based Software Management LLC. Since 1995, the company has made the county's public records available online.
Barr said Software Management agreed to do the work for free in exchange for charging subscription fees to view the records.
"It wasn't a bad trade-off," Barr said, "but it needed an end date."
Residents with an Oldham County address who visit oldhamcountyclerkky.com after April 22 will still need to subscribe to access public records, but the fees will be waived.
Barr said residents who live within Oldham County but do not have a county address should call the clerk's office to get access.
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