KANKAKEE — In an effort to best protect Kankakee government employees and members of the public as well, a set of guidelines were recently established by Mayor Chasity Wells-Armstrong’s administration in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Public access to municipal buildings has been eliminated or restricted as of late last week and will remain in effect until further notice.
City employees will continue to report to work, but Kankakee City Council meetings have been canceled for March.
The committee meeting schedule will be reassessed for April.
For the various departments, these are the guidelines established:
Department will suspend the following non-emergency operations: Police ride-alongs, public presentations, public fingerprinting not associated with an arrest, child car seat checks/installs and police department tours.
Police will continue to respond to all emergency calls at a residence or business.
However, officers will take reports over the phone for property crimes and other reports not requiring an officer to be present such as reports of lost items, thefts with no offender information, fraud, identity theft, civil matters, etc.
The public should report crimes as usual and provide contact information. An officer will promptly respond.
The department has restricted public access to fire stations. The department will conduct only mandatory fire inspections and has adjusted it training schedules to reduce individual contact.
Paramedics will continue to respond to emergency calls.
The department asks the public to remember if they call 911 and have flu-like symptoms, they should notify the dispatcher so paramedics can take proper protective measures.
Property inspections have been suspended until further notice and public access has been restricted to the office. Permits can still be processed and purchased at the office. Call 815-936-7390 with questions.
Public access to the office has been restricted. To request a pick-up service, call 815-933-0472.
Public access has been restricted. Business licenses call be applied for online at citykankakee-il.gov/howdoi.php.
Any city council requests can be completed on-line at citykankakee-il.gov/cityclerk.php. Payments can be mailed to the City Clerk’s office or dropped through the mail slot at the Administrative Building, 304 S. Indiana Ave., Kankakee.
Call 815-933-0481 with questions.
Like other departments, public access is restricted. Payments to the mayor’s office can be mailed or dropped through the mail slot at the Administrative Building.
Anyone with questions are directed to call 815-933-0500.
Adjudication & Comptroller’s office
Payments can be mailed to the Adjudication office or dropped through the mail slot at the Administrative Building.
Questions for adjudication officer, call 815-933-0515. Questions for the comptroller can be made by calling 815-933-0491.
Economic and Community Development
The department will continue to accept paperwork through the drop-off box.
Application requests can be done through email. Some third-party contractors may delay or postpone construction because of COVID-19 and business retention visits have been suspended until further notice.
For more information, call 815-933-0506.