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Elburn board to consider granting village president powers to deal with COVID-19 emergency

Trustees expected to vote on measure at forthcoming special board meeting

Trustees Chris Mondi, Ken Anderson, Pat Schuberg, and Matt Wilson listen to a presentation of the final draft of the village's 2020 comprehensive plan. at the March 16 Village Board meeting.
Trustees Chris Mondi, Ken Anderson, Pat Schuberg, and Matt Wilson listen to a presentation of the final draft of the village's 2020 comprehensive plan. at the March 16 Village Board meeting.

ELBURN – The Elburn Village Board will soon consider an ordinance to grant Village President Jeff Walter extraordinary powers to protect the public health and safety during the coronavirus crisis.

These powers could include emergency purchasing power of goods and services, emergency staffing, the ability to approve intergovernmental agreements, the closure of restaurants and bars (already done by the governor) and liquor stores, as well as suspending the sale of gasoline, firearms and ammunition, and municipal programs and services.

These powers were included in an executive order recently signed by Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker in response to the spread of the virus within the state of Illinois.

There was limited discussion about the measure, but the board was not able to vote on it at its March 16 meeting, because it was not listed on the published agenda.

Village attorney Bill Thomas and Village Administrator John Nevenhoven are working on the wording of the ordinance, which the village board will consider for approval, likely during a special meeting of the board within in the next week or two.

Thomas told the board they could also consider remote participation in future board meetings, if necessary.

Nevenhoven said that he had spoken to the owners of bars and restaurants in the village to find out how they will meet the order by Pritzker to temporarily suspend the onsite consumption of food and alcohol. Most of the establishments will be limiting their sales to take-out, and in some cases, delivery of food, and Eddie Gaedel’s has said they will offer take-outs of packaged liquor, as well.

The Illinois Gaming Board has also suspended video gaming for the two-week period which began on March 16 at 9 p.m. through March 30. Nevenhoven said that although he had not been able to speak with Schmidt’s Towne Tap owner Kevin Schmidt, the owners of Knuckleheads Tavern and Elsie’s Place told him they would close for the two weeks.

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