The past two weeks have presented new challenges to Sugar Grove. Just as you are, the Village is monitoring the ever-evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and, just like you, has taken appropriate steps to help protect our residents and community. As we finish up this week, I want to update you on some of the actions the Village has taken to ensure that Village services will carry on throughout the entire pandemic.
At an emergency Village Board meeting on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the Board of Trustees and I declared a state of emergency. This declaration will allow the Village to more quickly assemble and deploy resources and personnel in response to threats posed by the coronavirus. We took this precaution to ensure that we can bring all available local, state and federal resources to respond to this ever changing situation.
We know that many in our community are or will be facing financial challenges as a result of COVID-19. After hearing from local restaurant owners, on Thursday, March 19th, the Village Board approved the issuance of temporary liquor licenses to allow restaurants holding current liquor licenses to sell alcohol for carry out and/or delivery. We feel this measure will help our local businesses in these difficult times. For our utility customers, the Village offers flexible payment plans for those struggling to pay their bills. Customers are encouraged to call the Village for assistance.
Operationally, the Village continues to limit access to both Village Hall/Police and the Public Works facility. Residents and customers are conducting Village business over the phone or through electronic means. Based on state and federal recommendations, the Village is limiting the number of participants in public meetings to no more than ten at one time and conducting Village board meetings via conference calls. Precautions to help reduce the exposure to our field employees are also in effect. Additionally, Police Department representatives remain in constant communication with our local, state and federal partners to stay abreast of the latest developments and has reviewed the Emergency Operations Plan with the Fire Protection District should the need to activate it arise. Please be assured that our Police Department will remain staffed and ready to protect the community. Residents should not hesitate to call 911 if there is an emergency.
To facilitate a coordinated community response, the Village is conducting weekly conference calls with representatives from local taxing districts including, Kaneland School District, Sugar Grove Park District, Sugar Grove Library, Sugar Grove Fire Protection District, Sugar Grove Township and the Community House.
Together we are stronger. During these uncertain times, I am strengthened by the spirit of our community as families, friends, neighbors and strangers work together with resolve. I ask that you all continue this support as we stand together, six feet apart, to face this adversity including supporting local Sugar Grove businesses where practicable. I also ask that you please remember to do your part to protect the health of our community by following recommended prevention guidelines such as hand washing and social distancing, that you stay informed of what is happening locally, regionally and nationally through websites such as cdc.gov, coronavirus.illinois.gov and sugargroveil.gov/coronavirus-information and, perhaps most importantly, that you take a moment each day to just breathe and take care of yourself.
The Village will continue to take the necessary steps to deliver services to our customers and to protect the health and safety of our residents and staff.
I thank you all for your understanding, patience and kindness during this time.