DuPage County Board Accepting Public's Comments Ahead Of Meeting

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the public cannot attend in person.

Bernie Tafoya
March 23, 2020 - 2:33 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The DuPage County Board meets Tuesday and the public is invited to attend, just not in-person.

Normally, before the DuPage County Board itself begins discussing county business, it hears from members of the public.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, however, the board is providing an online comment form for people to put their comments in writing.

Board member Greg Hart said, if they choose, residents may have their comments actually read into the record at the meeting. They can also choose just to be listed as having attended the meeting.

"Access to the building has been limited to the public as of right now, however, we want to make sure that all citizens have the opportunity to exercise the right to participate," said the chairman of the county board's Technology Committee.

The link to the comment form is: https://dupagecounty-ktgfp.formstack.com/forms/publiccomment. Anyone wishing to make a comment online must have it submitted by 9:45 a.m. Tuesday morning in order to have it read into the record.

Board member Hart said he is planning to be at the meeting in person, but that a number of fellow board members will be taking part by phone.  He said he does do the recommended things in order to best avoid contracting the coronavirus.

"I have continued to plan to stay indoors when I’m not exercising critical functions with regards to my job with the county. I’m planning on exercising social distancing, and obviously, diligent hand washing," he said.

Hart said government must go on, especially during times of crises.

"Government and its citizens are having to evolve the way we’re doing business to make sure we’re prioritizing the health and safety of, not just the general public, but also the county staff," he said.