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Posted on: August 24, 2021

Most public meetings to return to in-person (with Zoom option) September 1

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Beginning September 1, 2021, the Mt. Lebanon Commission and all municipal boards and authorities will return to in-person meetings in the Municipal Building, 710 Washington Road. All meeting times and dates are listed on the calendar on mtlebanon.org.

Because residents have enjoyed the ability to participate in meetings remotely, we will be continuing that ability, permanently. The meeting will be integrated between those in attendance and those participating remotely.

Here are the ways the public can participate:


*In person. Masks are required in all Municipal buildings as long as Allegheny County remains in substantial or high COVID-19 case rate zone. Masks will be available for anyone who does not have one. You do not need to pre-register; simply show up at the appropriate meeting time. If you wish to speak during citizens comments or during public hearings, go to the microphone or area of the room designated for speakers as directed during that portion of the meeting. You must state your name and address and you will have five minutes for your comments.

*Remotely, via Zoom webinar format.
You do not need to pre-register; simply click the link located on the meeting agenda and on the board’s page on the municipal website. If you wish to speak during citizens comments or during public hearings, simply use the “raise hand” feature on Zoom and you will be notified when it is your turn. You must state your name and address and you will have five minutes for your comments.

Starting in January 2022, most Mt. Lebanon boards and authorities meetings will also be recorded and placed on the website for viewing on demand.  

Meeting times and room locations are posted on the municipal website at least a week in advance and agendas are posted at least a few days beforehand. Updated meeting locations are also listed on a board in the Municipal Building lobby.

FAQ


Why not just go back to meetings the way they were before the pandemic? Why are you bothering with Zoom going forward?

Public participation is a critical part of effective government. Residents and taxpayers have a right to hear how decisions are being made and they have a right to participate in that process by speaking when appropriate. We believe in making this process as easy as possible for as many people as possible.

Why record the meetings? Won’t that discourage people from speaking frankly?

Again, the ability for the public to see their elected and appointed officials in action is an important part of a well-functioning government. Many people are busy and are unable to join the meeting in real time. The ability to watch it on demand is something residents have appreciated for years for many boards and authorities, so it makes sense to expand that ability to nearly all boards.

Will I be able to stream every meeting?

Since Zoom is a third-party platform that does not belong to the Municipality, there could be times that the service is not working or that weather or other Internet issues could prevent you from seeing the meeting. For those reasons, if there is a particular issue that you are extremely passionate about, we suggest you consider attending in person, as we can’t guarantee infrastructure that we don’t control.

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