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The Seneca Village Council this week approved an ordinance pertaining to the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund.Accounts and Finance Commissioner Brennan Callahan said the board had to approve this ordinance in order to receive the Coronavirus funds through the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

The ordinance details stipulations on how the recovery funds can be spent. Callahan said the village expects to receive an amount just over $300,000 States, including Illinois, are receiving funds from the U.S. Treasury Department to distribute to smaller local governments on a per-capita basis.

Eligible local governments include cities, towns and villages serving populations of less than 50,000, that did not receive direct aid from ARPA. Smaller units of local governments are being allocated funds they can use to cover revenue losses and the costs of responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency or to its negative economic impacts on households, small businesses, impacted industries, essential workers and the communities hit hardest by the crisis.

These funds can also be used to invest in building, maintaining, or upgrading water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure. A zoning ordinance regarding the use of intermodal containers as permanent structures in the village was adopted by the Seneca's village council on August 17, 2010. This week the council passed an ordinance amendment that was recommended by the Plan Commission after a public hearing was held on Wednesday, November 10 of this year.

With the ordinance's approval, Intermodal containers normally used for transportation are not permitted for permanent use as storage units except in industrial zoning districts. The list of containers includes shipping containers, tractor trailers and enclosed trailers. If used in Industrial zoning districts, these units should be higher than 20-feet or stacked more than two high.