Algonquin closes all municipal buildings to public, effective Monday

Special Village Board meeting to be held on Tuesday

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All Algonquin municipal buildings will be closed to the public effective March 16, the village announced Monday.

The village said in a news release that this is in response to guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health regarding the “most effective strategies to prevent the spread of illness.”

Although the police department will remain open during this time, the village is requesting that all non-emergency, not in progress crimes be called in to the non-emergency number at 847-658-4531 to have the initial report taken via phone.

The closing of Algonquin’s municipal facilities will initially take place from March 16 to March 20. After this time period, these closures will be reassessed.

People still can receive municipal administrative services by calling (847-658-2700), with online chat and email. The village has staff assigned to keep communication channels open during this time, the news release said, and there will be no reduction in services for public safety.

Plans are in place for water, sewer and public safety services to continue without incident, and non-emergency staff will be available during regular business hours to assist residents by phone, email or by appointment as appropriate, according to the village. Services such as utility bill payment can all be completed through the village’s website, via the village’s drop-box or by mail – Village of Algonquin, 2200 Harnish Drive, Algonquin, IL 60102.

Groot collection will continue on schedule.

The Ganek Municipal Center and Historic Village Hall will be open on Tuesday for the Illinois Primary. However, there will still be no in-person village services on this day.

The Village Board meeting and a budget public hearing scheduled for 7:25 p.m. Tuesday will proceed as normally scheduled as well.

However, right after the regularly scheduled board meeting at 7:30 p.m., there will be a special meeting to address COVID-19, considering an ordinance providing for the exercise of extraordinary powers by executive order of Village President John Schmitt during a state of emergency within Algonquin, and such other emergency actions as the Village Board deems necessary.

Any activation of these powers would have to be responsive to the coronavirus, with a copy of each executive order to be filed with the village clerk, be sent to the board and posted on the village’s website within 24 hours of being ordered by the president.

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