Princeton Mayor Joel Quiram, on his Facebook page, says Coronavirus is changing how we look at the future.
He says at Monday nights regular city council meeting, an ordinance will be considered that, should the need arise, “… in the event of a natural, technological, or human-caused event that warrants a coordinated city response to protect lives, property, public health and safety, the mayor, or his/her designee, shall have the power to declare an emergency. This ordinance is in accordance with Illinois State Statute, 65 ILCS 5/11-1-6.
Quiram says this is an ordinance that probably should have been put in place long before now, but it’s also an ordinance that they hope will never have to be utilized. The City of Champaign passed a similar ordinance last week. Many other communities; Ottawa, La Salle, Peru, Oglesby and Spring Valley, like Princeton, will be considering this type of ordinance this week.