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Yorkville City Council to take a remote approach to meetings amid COVID-19 outbreak

File photo: Yorkville Mayor John Purcell talks during a Feb. 25 City Council meeting at City Hall, 800 Game Farm Road in Yorkville.
File photo: Yorkville Mayor John Purcell talks during a Feb. 25 City Council meeting at City Hall, 800 Game Farm Road in Yorkville.

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YORKVILLE – This week's Yorkville City Council meeting might look a little different than others in the past due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.

Yorkville Mayor John Purcell wrote in a Monday, March 23 letter to residents and business owners that was shared on social media that COVID-19 has changed community members' lives in many ways, including conversations, shopping habits, gatherings and thoughts being centered around health precautions.

He said the city's current plans are to hold City Council meetings within the council chambers at City Hall, 800 Game Farm Road, as usual. However, Purcell wrote, city officials will be inviting public participation at the City Council meeting through “virtual attendance."

"We are working on a platform and will get that information out to the public soon," Purcell wrote.

Purcell had said he anticipates the City Council discussing during the meeting whether the city should declare a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Other items for vote or discussion include an update to the city's Road to Better Roads program and a public hearing for the city's proposed budget for fiscal year 2020-2021, according to the meeting agenda packet.

Purcell wrote in the Monday letter that the city's continued desire is to provide residents city services that residents have come to expect. He wrote that he advises residents to check the city's website – yorkville.il.us – about current information, phone numbers, and communication notices from the city, county, state, and national leaders.

"It is humbling to see all the kindness displayed through this troubling time," Purcell wrote. "We are an exceptional community. We will all come through this together."

The City Council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 24.

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