March 19, 2020
Dear Lisle community,
As we all continue to prepare for and work to lessen the impacts from COVID-19, I want you to know that your safety and well-being, and that of others throughout our community, is the Village’s priority.
The Village, along with federal, state, and other local governments, has taken significant steps to address the impacts of COVID-19. On Monday, March 16, in accordance with state law and village code, I issued a Declaration of Disaster to activate the Village’s Emergency Operations Plan, which temporarily authorizes actions necessary to ensure continuity of village operations and authorizes expenditures in order to mitigate the impacts of this crisis. A resolution, authorizing the extension of the Declaration to April 6, 2020, was passed by the Village Board that evening.
The Village provides water service through a supply received from the DuPage Water Commission. The Commission recently issued a release reminding residents that their tap water is safe to drink and use and that continuity plans exist to ensure undisrupted service. Additionally, Village Public Works employees continue to take measures to protect and monitor the Village’s water supply. In keeping with other statewide utilities, the Village has temporarily discontinued water service shut-offs.
The Village is actively monitoring developments of this pandemic to determine best methods of mitigating the impacts of this public health crisis and ensure the continuation of services without interruption while prioritizing the health and safety of our employees and residents. This means that while some of our resources, programs, and events are postponed or even canceled - police, water, and essential services will continue without disruption.
The Village is assessing tech-based best practices for upcoming Village Board and other public meetings, and evaluating several communications options. Village staff has, and will continue to provide community updates through a multitude of communication platforms including www.villageoflisle.org.
Though Village facilities are temporarily closed to the public, departments continue to operate while following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the Illinois Department of Public Health regarding effective strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19. While this includes some staff working remotely, they will continue to respond to your calls, inquiries, or needs in a timely manner.
I encourage you to follow the advisories for self-care and social distancing provided by the Centers for Disease Control, Illinois Department of Public Health, and the DuPage County Health Department. Please visit the state’s new COVID-19 website at Coronavirus.illinois.gov or updates and links to resources. For general questions about COVID-19, you can call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email email@example.com.
The Lisle business community needs your support more than ever as we continue to face these challenges. Please consider shopping online or buying gift cards. Take advantage of curbside pick-up, drive-thru, or delivery services for goods, meals or a cup of coffee. Of course, for person-to-person interactions, practice social distancing and only go out if you are free of Coronavirus symptoms.
This is uncharted territory for our village and for those across our country and world. The Board of Trustees, Village Clerk Turner, and I have confidence in the capability of village management and staff to appropriately and effectively act in the best interests of our village. I remain steadfast in my belief of the Lisle community and in our shared commitment to ensure that we all work together through these challenging times.
Be safe and well.
Christopher R. Pecak