Hanover Township issues disaster proclamation in response to novel coronavirus
Hanover Township Supervisor Brian McGuire issued a local disaster proclamation today in accordance with state law to enhance the Township’s response and readiness to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The proclamation allows the Township to activate its Emergency Operations Plan, and authorizes the furnishing of aid and assistance to protect the health and safety of residents, facilities, and provide support to those affected.
“The health and safety of Township residents is our first concern and priority. For the last three weeks we have been closely monitoring developments of COVID-19 and have been in communication with county and state agencies,” said Brian McGuire, Township Supervisor. “While Township programs may not be flashy and make the front page every day, our services maintain the quality of life for the most vulnerable residents of the community: the low income, the disabled, older adults, veterans and youth.”
Specifically the proclamation includes but does not limit the Township Supervisor:
To enter into contracts
To employ temporary workers, reassign existing staff
To rent equipment
To purchase supplies and materials
At a special board meeting on March 14, the decision to issue the declaration was discussed with the Township Board of Trustees. According to Township ordinance, the board must consider renewal of the declaration within seven days.
The Township Board last week made the decision that all in-person appointments with caseworkers and staff be conducted over the phone, or virtually, through April 4. All programs and special events will be canceled or rescheduled through April 18. The need for urgent, in-person appointments will be made on a case-by-case basis with the appropriate staff person.
Township transportation services will also be limited through April 4, with the exception of dialysis and other critical appointments. Riders will be required to wear gloves and face masks.
The Township will continue to deliver meals to home-bound, qualifying residents during this period. The Stars N Stripes Café (congregate meal program) will also offer pre-ordered, curbside meal pick-up at the Senior Center in Bartlett.
Effective tomorrow, March 18, the Township will implement a temporary reduction of government functions and workforce while maintaining core functions and essential operations. The Town Hall, Senior Center, and Astor Avenue Community Center (Food Pantry) will remain open. The Izaak Walton Center, Assessor’s office, passport office, and Department of Youth & Family Services will be closed for walk-in appointments but available for phone consultations.
Hanover Township Emergency Services volunteers have transitioned to a 24-hour staffing model in order to facilitate a quicker response to free up first responders faster, and be available for incidents that are shorter in duration.
The next meeting of the Township Board is March 24, at 7 p.m. at the Township Senior Center, 240 S. IL Route 59, Bartlett.
Hanover Township serves over 101,000 residents in the Cook County communities of Bartlett, Elgin, Hanover Park, Hoffman Estates, Schaumburg, and Streamwood.