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Village of Sugar Grove limits access to public buildings during virus outbreak


In reviewing emergency plans and procedures over the past several weeks, officials with the village of Sugar Grove are looking to take precautionary measures for COVID-19.


In a March 13 letter to residents, Village President Sean Michels took time to address the village’s response to the coronavirus.


“Out of an abundance of caution for the health of our community, the Village of Sugar Grove has moved to limit exposure to employees and residents by limiting public access to village facilities,” he said.


At both village hall and the public works facility, residents and customers are still able to conduct village business over the phone or through electronic means. However, the interior doors have been locked and phones have been placed inside vestibules to allow customers to call for assistance.


The public is still encouraged to attend public meetings, officials said.


Village Administrator Brent Eichelberger said the village board is expected to meet March 17 in accordance to its annual meeting schedule.


The March 18 meeting of the Sugar Grove Police Commission was canceled due to lack of agenda, officials said.

It remains unclear if the Sugar Grove Planning Commission/Zoning Board of Appeals will meet March 18.


The village intends to take other precautions to help reduce the exposure to employees and residents to ensure the continuation of services across departments, officials said.

“These precautionary measures are not due to any known exposure to COVID-19 at our facilities; they are being implemented to eliminate unnecessary risk to the public and staff,” Michels said.


The village maintains that the police department will remain staffed and ready to protect the community, and that residents should not hesitate to call 911 if there is an emergency, officials said.


“The village of Sugar Grove is not taking this situation lightly, as seen by our recent changes, and we are here to serve our residents no matter what transpires,” Michels said.


The village has posted links to websites with the latest information on how to stay safe at sugargroveil.gov.