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DeKalb County Board to convene Wednesday as planned, but with public health precautions

SYCAMORE – COVID-19 may close a lot of things, but one it won’t is the DeKalb County Board meeting.

As scheduled, the DeKalb County Board meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday inside the DeKalb County Legislative Building’s Gathertorium, 200 N. Main St., Sycamore.

Mark Pietrowski, DeKalb County board chairman, said he and the other board members will try to make the meeting as short as possible in order to limit potential community spread of the coronavirus.

“We’re letting those know anyone with symptoms, or with a fever, to stay home,” Pietrowski said.

Pietrowski said he’s asking committee chairpersons to look at their agendas through April 3 and analyze whether or not the committee has to meet or if they have the ability to postpone.

He also wants the board members to know if they don’t plan to attend, notify let Tasha Sims, executive assistant for DeKalb County, so he can determine if there will be a quorum. With a 24-person board, it takes a majority, 13 members, to make a quorum.

Gov. Pritzker on Monday issued another executive order amid the COVID-19 pandemic, to ban all public gatherings of 50 or more. DeKalb County Public Health Department has in turn stated all group meetings with 35 or more people should cease.

The DeKalb County Board meeting will also be live-streamed on the county website.

DeKalb County Board members are also encouraged to call Pietrowski regarding any questions they might have on the board items before the meeting.

“As we ask our community at large to limit exposure, it is important for us to lead by example,” the letter states.

Pietrowski said so far no one has notified him they won’t be at the meeting. He said he wants to do everything he can to stop the virus.

“We want to make sure we’re practicing the recommendations from the federal, local and state health offices.”

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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