Officials in Pymatuning Township responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by going outside. They moved their meetings outdoors to allow for social distancing and dispersal of exhaled breaths.
The township supervisors’ most recent meeting, held in November, was the first indoor session since March.
Supervisor meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month, although it has not been determined yet if future meetings will be affected by the ongoing pandemic or revert to being held outdoors, said Cheri DiGregorio, the township secretary, treasurer and police clerk.
The township has implemented other changes — locking the township building’s door of the township building with a sign telling visitors, “Please knock for assistance.”
Residents don’t pay their tax, sewage or water bills at the township building, but sometimes people come in to pay for a permit or ask about the police department, DiGregorio said.
The pandemic is forcing Mercer County’s smaller municipalities to adjust the ways in which they serve their communities and allow for public input.
South Pymatuning Township
At South Pymatuning Township, supervisors held their meetings in the township garage to allow for social distancing.
Future meetings will be held via teleconference. Residents can call Secretary-Treasurer Keith McKnight at 724-962-7856 for the codes to call into these teleconferences, McKnight said.
Information is also posted on the township’s website, www.southpy.com.
South Pymatuning’s township building is closed to visitors. Mailboxes are outside for any residents who want to drop off their tax or water payments, McKnight said.
At Lackawannock Township, supervisors continuing to be hold meetings in-person. Treasurer Kristy McNeish said the township building is large and few people typically attend meetings, so social distancing and other measures are not an issue.
The township building is open to the public. Visitors must wear a mask. Most visits to the township building are to drop off tax payments, McNeish said.
Anyone with questions may call the township building at 724-981-5055.
At Stoneboro, council meets in-person on the first Tuesday of the month with social distancing guidelines followed. The borough building is open, but secretary and treasurer Laurie McLallen said there’s normally very little foot traffic.
Anyone with questions may call the borough building at 724-376-3541.
The Jamestown borough building is closed to the public, but if someone needs a special form or permit, they can call ahead at 724-932-3644 or knock on the building’s door. Those who do come to the building must wear a mask, Secretary-Treasurer Connie Koza said.
Borough council meetings are held the second Tuesday of every month. Aside from a few meetings early on during the pandemic held by teleconference, Koza said council meetings have been held in-person at the borough building.
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