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Coronavirus

Some Joliet public meetings, not all, will go on

The Joliet City Council will meet on April 7 but under social distancing seating arrangements.
The Joliet City Council will meet on April 7 but under social distancing seating arrangements.

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Joliet officials are making decisions on what qualifies as essential city business as they plan which public meetings to hold and which to cancel during a governor's stay-at-home order and amid federal guidelines for social distancing.

The city plans to move forward with regularly scheduled April meetings of the City Council, Zoning Board of Appeals and Plan Commission while canceling assorted commission meetings.

The Joliet City Council will meet next week but on Tuesday only, interim City Manager Steve Jones said.

The city will cancel the Monday pre-council meeting of the city Council, as it did on March 16.

Also, as it did on March 17 when it last met, the City Council will postpone a public hearing and vote on the controversial NorthPoint Development plan to avoid attracting a crowd to City Hall while putting in place social distancing standards at public meetings.

The city, however, plans to announce a procedure on Thursday by which the public can continue to participate in meetings without necessarily showing up at City Hall.

"The same protocol we have for City Council we'll use for Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals," Jones said.

The Plan Commission and zoning board meetings are April 16.

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