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Bull Valley’s village president, Emily Berend, issued a declaration of a state of emergency through March 31 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“To meet social distancing requirements, and to protect the public and our staff, the Bull Valley Village Hall will be closed to walk-in business,” the village said in a news release. “Staff will be available by phone.”
Building permit applications and other forms can be sent digitally or mailed and returned the same way, according to the release, and the village police and Public Works departments will work their regular schedules.
The Bull Valley Police Department will continue to do well-being checks as requested.
Bull Valley is far from the only municipality in the area to declare a state of emergency
Cary, Algonquin, Fox River Grove, Lake in the Hills and Woodstock have declared a state of emergency amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Algonquin Village President John Schmitt, in a letter posted to Facebook announcing their state of emergency, said this is “truly an extraordinary event in our lifetimes and cannot be ignored.”
In a news release from Cary, the village said the purpose of a declaration of a local disaster emergency is to allow for a more effective response to the evolving COVID-19 public health crisis by temporarily suspending purchasing policy rules to allow quick response and recovery action, as deemed necessary.
Although many of these municipalities have closed their village and city halls to visitors, essential services provided by police, fire and public works departments won’t stop.
Residents also are able to conduct village or city business over the phone and on their municipality’s website.