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Yorkville Mayor John Purcell (WSPYnews.com photo by Tyler Bachman)

Yorkville Mayor John Purcell last week praised the city's efforts to assist with the COVID-19 pandemic in a variety of ways. Purcell pointed to the partnership between the city and the Kendall County Health Department to use the city-owned building at 651 Prairie Pointe Drive as a COVID-19 vaccine clinic. He also thanked Lynn Dubajic, Yorkville's Economic Development Director, who also worked as volunteer coordinator of the clinic.

Purcell also complimented city officials on administering several rounds of grants to restaurants and other businesses during the pandemic.

The city council had pushed to offer relief funds ahead of state funding being made available for at least one round of grants. The city also relaxed its rules on outdoor dining to make it easier on businesses.

Purcell also had nice things to say about the Yorkville School District, which had in-person education the whole school year along with a remote schooling option.

Purcell spoke about it at Yorkville City Council last week. As more people become vaccinated against COVID-19, Illinois has seen a drop in its daily case counts. Some health departments are beginning to wind down their vaccine efforts and are offering smaller scale vaccines by appointment instead of mass vaccine clinics.