The City of La Porte has finalized their plan to reopen meetings the public, according to Mayor Tom Dermody and Clerk-Treasurer Courtney Parthun.
Beginning July 6, City Council and Board of Works will resume in-person meetings in City Hall. To ensure social distancing, the number of people allowed in to watch will be restricted to 21. In addition, all guests will be required to sign in, have their temperature taken and wear a face mask. Dermody said they will continue to stream meetings on YouTube and Facebook for those who are unable to attend.
“Though the virus has certainly been a challenge, our team at City Hall found new ways to keep the public involved,” Dermody said. “While we are happy to resume our in-person meetings, we must ask those entering the building to follow some new rules for the safety of the public and our employees. We will continue to provide virtual options for those unable to come in. I especially encourage individuals in the high-risk category to take advantage of this alternative.”
City Hall will be open by appointment only starting August 3. Members of the public will be asked to sign in, have their temperature taken and wear a mask. Parthun said she hopes residents will continue to utilize online options for payments and permits.
“Throughout the pandemic, we’ve worked hard to find new and creative ways to serve the citizens of our city,” Parthun said. “We are continuing to develop our online options to make it easier for everyone to make payments, apply for permits and find resources on our website. The virus has changed our way of thinking and given us ideas on how we can better serve our residents throughout the pandemic and beyond.”
Residents can find information on how to schedule appointments by visiting CityOfLaPorte.com.