Middletown Township Hosts Successful "Hybrid" Public Meetings
Local governments and organizations were forced to transition in-person meetings to online, seemingly overnight, due COVID-19 restrictions and stay-at-home orders. Many townships learned new tools and technologies in order to continue to work and support their constituents.
As COVID-19 restrictions are being eased or lifted entirely and as more people are fully vaccinated, townships are planning to return to live in-person are have already hosting hybrid in-person/online public meetings (read "Incorporating Zoom Into Live BOS Meetings").
In the following 17-minute audio clip, Nick Valla, Assistant Middletown Township, PA, Manager, presents an overview of how his township learned to run "hybrid" public meetings that allow the public to participate in person or remotely via Zoom.
Mr. Valla presented his comments at a Zoom Webinar presented by Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) Office of Communication on June 9, 2021. The Webinar was titled "Ensuring Equitable and Engaging Meetings" and asked "Are Hybrid Public Meetings the New Norm?"
DISCLAIMER: This is not an official Newtown Township approved survey. Its purpose is solely to inform John Mack – a Newtown Supervisor – of the public’s opinion regarding this issue.