The worldwide coronavirus pandemic continues to impact us here in Sugar Grove. As the federal and state governments work to develop the parameters for easing stay at home orders, the Village continues to take the necessary steps to deliver services to our customers and to protect the health and safety of our residents and staff.
On April 7, the Village held its first remote Village Board meeting via GoToMeeting. The meeting went smoothly and allowed for the public to participate via phone. We will hold our April 21 meeting using the same format. To give a comment at the meeting, you may:
- Email your comment to firstname.lastname@example.org by 4:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting. Your comment will be read aloud during the Public Comment portion of the Village Board meeting by a Village staff member.
- Join by phone call. Just prior to the meeting, call (571) 317-3122 (Access Code: 722-330-917) to join through Go To Meeting. Members of the public will be muted during the meeting to allow the Village Board to conduct business, but will be individually unmuted during the public comment portion of the meeting. Please note, the phone access information is for the April 21 meeting only. Log in information will be published on the Village website prior to each board meeting.
- The Village Hall Board Room will be open to allow public comment in person through speaker phone, however, for everyone’s safety residents are strongly encouraged to stay home and participate remotely. If attending in person, members of the public are required to stay six feet from any other person in the room. Room attendance will be limited to no more the ten people at any one time with attendees being rotated in if needed. Entrance to the Board Meeting will be through the door located at the back of Village Hall. Most, if not all, Village Board members will be attending electronically.
Public Comments, including emailed, by phone, and in person, will be limited to no more than three minutes per person as provided in the Village Code. Please note, audio recordings of Village Board meetings are available online at sugargroveil.gov within two days.
Although this morning’s snow showed differently, the weather is getting warmer and everyone is excited to get out and stretch their legs. The Village reminds residents to keep sidewalks clear of vehicles, basketball hoops and other obstructions. The Village understands that many have additional family members home from college earlier than expected, therefore, the sidewalk prohibition will not be proactively enforced from 11:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m. however, residents should note that State law also prohibits parking over sidewalks so while the Village will not cite violations (during the hours 11:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m.), other authorities may do so. Again, this parking over the sidewalk relief is being granted during this health crisis and when it is over will go back to normal enforcement. As a reminder: Overnight parking on Village streets is not permitted 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.
With the weather improving and time to spare, many residents are tackling home improvement projects. However, before getting started, make sure to get a building permit. The Community Development Department is open for business online and via phone and is processing building permit applications and conducting inspections. A building permit application must be submitted and issued prior to starting a project. Building permits are required for all construction, including but not limited to, alteration, repair, demolition or movement of all structures including any electrical, mechanical and plumbing, additions, interior remodeling, re-siding, accessory structures and lawn sprinklers. Contact the Community Development Department at 630.391-7220.
With the arrival of spring, road work is starting around the Village. The Village 2020 Road Program will get underway shortly with several projects around town. Construction continues at IL 47 and Bliss Road and repairs to Camp Dean Road will begin as weather permits. The Annual Kane County Road program started April 13 and IDOT will begin resurfacing IL 47 in June. Everyone is reminded to drive safely through construction zones. To learn more about these program, click here.
As we have from the start, the Village will continue to take appropriate steps to help protect our residents and community. Your cooperation, compassion, patience during this time is much appreciated.
P. Sean Michels