Bolingbrook to limit attendance at village board meetings amid COVID-19 pandemic

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Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar authorized changes to village board meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The proclamation authorizes all Bolingbrook Village Board members to participate in meetings remotely with the aim of allowing no more than 10 people to be admitted to a meeting.

Village Board members, the board clerk, department heads and the board attorney will be among those who will be admitted to meetings first, according to the proclamation.

If the 10-person maximum is not met, one member of the press would be permitted to attend. If the limit is still not met, then members of the public shall be admitted.

Admittance will be determined by which members of the public have emailed the mayor in advance of the meeting on a first sent, first admitted basis. To do so, email Barb Cunniff at

The village will also implement social distancing at board meetings, as anyone attending will be seated more than 6 feet apart from one another. No handshaking or close contact with others will be permitted.

The proclamation cites decisions at the state and federal level to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.

These measures will be in effect for the Bolingbrook Village Board's March 24 meeting and subsequent regular or special board meetings.

Claar addressed residents last week on a number of other changes the village and other local agencies were making in response to the pandemic.

"This is clearly a time we should pull together," he said in the address.