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Kane County sets special meeting to declare public health emergency virus response

Meeting, public hearing set as web conference, teleconference

The Kane County Health Department in Aurora.
The Kane County Health Department in Aurora.

GENEVA – The Kane County Board has scheduled a special meeting at 4 p.m. March 24 – to be held by web conference and teleconference – to approve a resolution declaring a public health emergency for the COVID-19 response, officials announced Friday in a meeting agenda.

The resolution activates the Kane County Health Department and Office of Emergency Management’s emergency operations plans, according to the board packet.

The resolution authorizes directors of both department “to take all steps necessary to apply for emergency funding grants made available in connection with the COVID-19 public health emergency and disaster.”

The declaration authorizes those departments to enter into contracts, take measures to protect the public’s health and safety, their property and to provide emergency assistance, according to the resolution.

This includes hiring temporary workers, renting equipment, buying supplies and materials as well as appropriating public funds and property, according to the resolution.

The resolution acknowledges the Governor, World Health Organization, President, the and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency declaring the coronavirus outbreak a national emergency.

The public hearing is on input on the county’s proposal to sell $13.550 million in bonds to pay for construction of a new multi-use facility.

The facility will accommodate the following uses: Coroner’s office and morgue; Building Management’s office and workshop; Sheriff’s fleet management, repair and fueling; Sheriff’s Emergency Management’s vehicle storage; County storage and expansion space; new salt dome; and Sheriff’s impound lot.

The public will be provided a dial-in number on the county’s website
www.countyofkane.org that is set up to listen, along with a conference bridge number for up to 500 people to listen only.

The listen only conference number is 888-585-9008 and the conference room number is 320-869-057.

To call in, the public only needs those two numbers.

The public line will be set up in listen only mode and their microphones will be
muted.

During the public comment section, the public can submit in writing via email their comments or statements.

If they wish to submit a question or make a comment, they will need to send it via email to the moderator at moderator@countyofkane.org.

Staff will receive the moderator emails and work to get those ready for public comment.

When we are at the public comment section of the meeting, staff can read the public comments or statements.

The public comments and statements will be stored in a separate email account and forwarded to all members of the board and be made available through the County Board Office.

The Kane County Board already approved seeking $13.55 million in general obligation bonds March 10 to pay for the construction of a multi-use facility to include a new coroner’s office and morgue. The public hearing is part of the bond sale authorization.

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