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Coronavirus Disease Update for Kendall County

From our partners at the Kendall County Health Department:

The Kendall County Health Department (KCHD) is reporting 680 cases of coronavirus (COVID19), 374 in-recovery and 22 deaths.

That includes 220 cases in the Oswego 60543 ZIP code, as reported by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Kendall County Health Department COVID-19 Data Dashboard
Kendall County Health Department COVID-19 Information Page

HEAVY SPRING RAINS

While spring brings the promise of warmer weather, it also brings a variety of conditions that can include heavy rains and severe weather. Spring storms can bring several inches of precipitation in just hours or can stall out over an area for days. These heavy rains can lead to severe flooding by oversaturating the ground, overfilling storm drains, or causing rivers to spill over their banks or levees. During heavy spring rains please consider:

  • Do not drive through rain/flood water
  • Remain vigilant of the weather
  • Know the propensity for flooding in areas in which you travel
  • Prepare for potential impacts of additional rains
  • Never let children swim or play in flooded yards or ditches

For more information on how to be flood ready, please click here.

Please continue to go to our website to keep in touch with this evolving situation. For more information on COVID-19, please visit these informational sites:

This information is being shared from the Kendall County Health Department as a service to our residents. For questions or additional information, visit the Kendall County Health Department at www.kendallhealth.org.


Participate in the May 26 Village Board Meeting

The Village of Oswego will hold its regularly scheduled Committee of the Whole and Village Board meetings on Tuesday, May 26, including remote public participation in compliance with the statewide Stay at Home Order.

The Committee of the Whole will meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26. The Village Board meeting follows at 7 p.m. Village Hall will be opened for the meeting, however, residents are strongly encouraged to watch or participate remotely. 

To give a comment at the meetings, you have multiple options:

  • Email your comment to publiccomment@oswegoil.org by 4 p.m. on the day of the meeting. Your comment will be read aloud during the Public Forum portion of the Village Board meeting by a Village staff member.
  • Give your comment live by phone. Email publiccomment@oswegoil.org or call 630-554-3259 by 4 p.m. on the day of the meeting, and leave your name, address, phone number, and the topic on which you’d like to speak. Our staff will call you during the meeting and will put you on speakerphone so that you can give your comment live. Please be by your phone when the meeting begins at 7 p.m. Staff will let the line ring four times before moving onto the next speaker.
  • You may also still give public comment in person.  Residents are strongly encouraged to stay home and participate remotely, however, they may also attend the meeting in person. If attending, members of the public are required to stay six feet from any other person in the room.

To watch the meeting from home, you have two options:

  • Watch the webinar live at StreamUS.oswegoil.org. You’ll see those elected officials, staff members, and other participants who are attending remotely.
  • Watch the livestream at http://www.oswegoil.org/government/village-board/agendas.aspx. Scroll down to Upcoming Events. Once the meeting begins, an In Progress link will appear. Click on it to watch the meeting.  You’ll see those elected officials, staff members, and other participants who are attending in person at Oswego Village Hall.
  • Join our meeting by phone call. Call (312) 626-6799 just prior to the meeting. When prompted, enter passcode 508 193 215 from your phone. You’ll hear the audio of the meeting through our webinar service.

As always, those giving public comment are asked to abide by the Village’s civility code, which is available here

In March, Illinois Gov. Pritzker announced a temporary change to the state’s Open Meetings Act that waives the requirement that a physical quorum of elected officials be present to hold a public meeting. Remote participation for elected officials, staff, and the public is expected to continue until the order is lifted.

For more information about public participation at meetings during the COVID-19 crisis, contact Village Clerk Tina Touchette at 630-554-3259 or ttouchette@oswegoil.org.

Get updates as they happen

Residents are also encouraged to follow the Village of Oswego on Facebook (@VillageofOswego) and Twitter (@OswegoIL60543) for to-the-minute updates. You can also subscribe to Village of Oswego emails by visiting oswegoil.org and clicking on E-mail Alerts.­­

 


Downstate Small Business grant DEADLINE MAY 27

Oswego small businesses have until noon Wednesday, May 27, to apply for grants of up to $25,000 from the State of Illinois’ Downstate Small Business Stabilization Program.

The grants, funded by the State of Illinois and administered through the Village of Oswego, offer 60 days of working capital, up to a total of $25,000, to small businesses of 50 or fewer employees that were categorized as non-essential during the statewide Stay at Home Order.

Businesses considering applying should email Economic Development Director Corinna Cole at ccole@oswegoil.org as soon as possible to express interest and get more information.

The application, along with eligibility and documentation requirements, can be found at http://www.oswegoil.org/economic-development/downstate-stabilization.aspx.

This State-funded program has several strict eligibility and documentation requirements, and businesses must apply through the Village of Oswego to be considered for the grants. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until the May 27 deadline.        

Village staff will then work with business owners to complete the full application process. A public hearing to review applications will be held during the meeting of the Oswego Village Board on Tuesday, June 23.

For questions about applying to the Downstate Small Business Stabilization Program, contact Economic Development Director Corinna Cole at 630-551-2334 or ccole@oswegoil.org.

 

Additional assistance available to Oswego business owners

Several Federal, state and local programs are available to assist small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

For a quick reference guide to the several programs available, visit http://www.oswegoil.org/economic-development/ and download the Guide to Federal, State, and Local COVID-19 Disaster Loans and Grants for Oswego’s Small Businesses.

Our Economic Development staff can help business owners determine which programs may be helpful to their business and connect them to additional information and resources. Business owners can contact the Economic Development Department by calling 630-551-2334 or emailing ccole@oswegoil.org.

 

Get updates as they happen

Residents are also encouraged to follow the Village of Oswego on Facebook (@VillageofOswego) and Twitter (@OswegoIL60543) for to-the-minute updates. You can also subscribe to Village of Oswego emails by visiting oswegoil.org and clicking on E-mail Alerts.­­

 


Oswego relaxes regulations to allow restaurants, bars to reopen outdoors

The Village of Oswego wants to work alongside restaurant and bar owners to help them re-open their businesses with outdoor seating.

The State of Illinois is expected to move into Phase 3 of the statewide reopening plan on May 29. This phase allows for restaurants and bars to re-open for outdoor dining. On Friday, May 22, Village President Troy Parlier signed an executive order that will permit restaurants and bars throughout Oswego to set up and expand their outdoor dining spaces in accordance with guidelines to be established by the State of Illinois. The executive order also permits retail establishments to display merchandise outdoors for sale, further expanding the ability of local businesses to operate.

Restaurants may establish outdoor dining facilities on private property, with permission from the property owner. Restaurants that wish to utilize Village property, such as sidewalks and parking spaces, will need to request a special use permit from the Village. Restaurants with existing liquor licenses will be permitted to sell alcohol for consumption within the established outdoor seating area. Special use permits will be granted by the Village Administrator in order expedite processing and ensure restaurants can begin operations as soon as permitted under the Governor’s Restore Illinois Plan.

“We are eagerly awaiting the transition to Phase 3 and want to maximize the opportunities for our businesses while maintaining safe protocols to protect our residents,” Parlier said. “We are being proactive and removing roadblocks with this executive order so our businesses can have time to prepare.  It is our hope that this will allow a sense of normalcy to return to Oswego as we continue to maintain improving community health.”

Restaurant and bar owners interested in adding outdoor seating should contact the Building and Permits division at 630-551-2310. A copy of the executive order is available on the Village’s website at www.oswegoil.org/covid-19.aspx.

 

More information

The COVID-19 pandemic remains a rapidly evolving situation. Residents and business owners are encouraged to visit the Village of Oswego’s COVID-19 response page at www.oswegoil.org/covid-19.aspx to find answers to all of their questions about changes to the Village’s operations at this time.

Residents are also encouraged to subscribe to Village of Oswego emails by visiting oswegoil.org and clicking on E-mail Alerts.­ You can also follow the Village of Oswego on Facebook (@VillageofOswego) and Twitter (@OswegoIL60543) for to-the-minute updates. 

In addition, residents can call Oswego Village Hall at 630-554-3618 or email info@oswegoil.org with questions. Please allow extra time for a response.


Downstate Small Business Stabilization grant application now available for Oswego’s small businesses

State of Illinois Downstate Small Business Stabilization Grant applications are now available for small businesses located in Oswego that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The grants, funded by the State of Illinois and administered through the Village of Oswego, offer 60 days of working capital, up to a total of $25,000, to small businesses of 50 or fewer employees that were categorized as non-essential during the statewide Stay at Home Order.

This State-funded program has several strict eligibility and documentation requirements, and businesses must apply through the Village of Oswego to be considered for the grants.

A full list of eligibility and documentation requirements is available at http://www.oswegoil.org/economic-development/downstate-stabilization.aspx, where business owners can also download the application.

Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional deadlines are anticipated and will be announced by email and on the Village’s website at http://www.oswegoil.org/economic-development/downstate-stabilization.aspx.                                                                                                                                       

For questions about applying to the Downstate Small Business Stabilization Program, contact Economic Development Director Corinna Cole at 630-551-2334 or ccole@oswegoil.org.

 

Additional assistance available to Oswego business owners

Several Federal, state and local programs are available to assist small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

For a quick reference guide to the several programs available, visit http://www.oswegoil.org/economic-development/ and download the Guide to Federal, State, and Local COVID-19 Disaster Loans and Grants for Oswego’s Small Businesses.

Our Economic Development staff can help business owners determine which programs may be helpful to their business and connect them to additional information and resources. Business owners can contact the Economic Development Department by calling 630-551-2334 or emailing ccole@oswegoil.org.

 

Get updates as they happen

Residents are also encouraged to follow the Village of Oswego on Facebook (@VillageofOswego) and Twitter (@OswegoIL60543) for to-the-minute updates. You can also subscribe to Village of Oswego emails by visiting oswegoil.org and clicking on E-mail Alerts.­­


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