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Sugar Grove village president granted extended powers during coronavirus pandemic

Sean Michels could authorize purchases and contracts

Village President Sean Michels references a map during a Dec. 5, 2019 meeting  of the joint review board. The village called an emergency village board meeting March 17 to grant the Michels extended powers during the coronavirus pandemic.
Village President Sean Michels references a map during a Dec. 5, 2019 meeting  of the joint review board. The village called an emergency village board meeting March 17 to grant the Michels extended powers during the coronavirus pandemic.

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SUGAR GROVE – The village of Sugar Grove called an emergency village board meeting March 17 to grant the village president extended powers during the coronavirus pandemic.

The date of the emergency meeting coincided with the village’s regularly scheduled village board meeting.

Village Administrator Brent Eichelberger said the discussion addressed how the village may extend the powers of the village president.

“The intent of it is to amend powers to maintain operations,” he said.

The extended powers will allow the village president to perform a number of different functions, including authorize purchases and contracts.

Eichelberger said the extended powers are allowable, so long as the emergency continues to exist.

Among elected officials and village staff members in attendance was Village President Sean Michels, Trustee Sean Herron, Eichelberger and Village Clerk Alison Murphy. Several trustees and other staff members were available to participate in the meeting by means of telephone conference call capabilities.

In accordance to an order from President Donald Trump in recent days, attendance at the meeting was limited to 10 people.

The public was allowed to sit in on the meeting, however one community member turned out, official said.

Ultimately, the village board agreed to extend the powers of the village president.

In a related development, the village issued a declaration of emergency and an executive order in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Banquet halls allowed

During the village board meeting, officials amended a zoning ordinance to allow banquet facilities in the M-1 Limited Manufacturing and B-3 Regional Business districts.

Village officials had learned of an individual’s interest in operating an establishment in town.

Members of the Sugar Grove Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals had provided a positive recommendation of the zoning ordinance amendment during its March 4 special meeting.

The zoning ordinance amendment is not property specific, according to village board documents.

The village intends to apply the code generally across one or two specific zoning classifications.

A number of conditions of use are proposed, along with a definition for the use, according to village board documents.

Camp Dean road repairs OK’d

In other developments, the village authorized a contract for Camp Dean road repairs.

Village board action allows Professional Pavement and Concrete Company to place a two-inch overlay on a portion of the roadway.

Eichelberger acknowledged that best practice is to reconstruct Camp Dean Road and said the repairs approved by the village board may not fully address the issue.

However, the villages of Sugar Grove and Big Rock and Big Rock Township each have posted vehicle weight limits along the roadway.

“The existing roadway doesn’t have a solid base,” Eichelberger said. “It’s unknown how well the resurfacing will hold up.”

The project cost amounts to $62,057, according to village board documents.

The village is allotting $22,056.08 to pay for the improvements. The remaining costs will be picked up by an Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity grant.

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