Minooka Village Hall is expected to remain open for utility payments and in-person public meetings. However, the community room is closed until further notice to public events, officials said.
The decision comes on the heels of an advisory issued last week by Gov. J.B. Pritzker warning people to take precautions as the pandemic remains ongoing. Village Administrator Dan Duffy said the main reason for closing the community room is because of the spike in COVID-19 cases in the area.
The decision to close the community room is indefinite—at least for now. Duffy said positive COVID-19 counts and cases will determine the village’s time frame for reopening. No positive cases of COVID-19 have been traced to village hall, to date.
Preventative measures taken by the village include, among other things, encouraging remote work if the job allows, separation of employees, staggered work shifts, separate lunch breaks, and reporting to different facilities.
At village hall, there is a series of public meetings scheduled to take place this week.
“For committee and board meetings, the village will provide call-in information/Zoom links ahead of board meetings for the public to listen to the meetings and provide comment during the designated public comment period of the agenda,” Duffy said.
Duffy said members of the village board currently are planning on gathering in person for the public meetings and they will assess the situation as they always do each Monday.
In recent months, members of the village board and staff haven’t always worn face masks at public meetings. “We take the CDC’s guidelines seriously, and every employee that works/comes in contact with others has to wear a mask when performing his/her duties,” Duffy said. “We encourage elected officials to do the same.”
Duffy said that from the beginning, the village has been following the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He said village services have not experienced any real disruptions during the pandemic.
If a village employee is working remotely, for example, technology it allows remote access to files, Duffy said. Duffy said the only real adjustments are that appointments are needed ahead of time for house inspections and building permits.
Members of the police department continue to patrol and public works employees still report to different facilities. The village has remained in contact with officials at the Grundy Health Department during the pandemic, officials said.
The village encourages people to make appointments in advance, call or email with questions and concerns to limit the exposure of both employees and residents and the spread of the virus. In addition, utility payments can be dropped off or processed online using the village’s website.