After more than a year, La Porte City Hall to reopen to public June 1

 

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After just over a year, La Porte City Hall will reopen its doors to the public.

Beginning June 1, residents will be permitted to enter the building as long as they wear a mask, Mayor Tom Dermody announced. The building closed to the public in March 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic began to ramp up. Dermody said it remained closed for the last several months to protect both residents and city employees. Now that the vaccine is more widely available, he said he feels comfortable allowing the public to enter the building.

“For all of us here at City Hall, our favorite parts of our jobs are getting to help the residents of our city,” Dermody said. “Though we continued to serve the people of La Porte without interruption during the pandemic, we are eager take a step closer to normalcy and get to have some face time with our citizens.”

The building at 801 Michigan Ave. has a rich history, having been constructed as the La Porte post office ca. 1912.

City commission and board meetings have been open to the public since February. Beginning June 1, all attendance restrictions for these meetings will be lifted. Masks will continue to be required for members of the public, and temperatures will be taken upon entry.

For members of the public who do not yet feel comfortable doing business inside City Hall, Dermody said virtual options are still available.

“Our team was creative during the pandemic and thought up great new ways to continue serving residents virtually,” Dermody said. “These options, like the drive-through and our livestreamed meetings, are still there for residents who would prefer to take that route.”

Dermody said these new rules are in effect through July 1 and will be evaluated on a month-to-month basis. He said the only exception is TransPorte, which is obligated to comply with Federal Transit Administration guidelines. As of now, all drivers and passengers will be required to wear a mask on public transportation through the month of September.

For questions or concerns, residents may contact the mayor’s office at 219-362-0151.

7 Responses to “After more than a year, La Porte City Hall to reopen to public June 1”

  1. American

    May 15. 2021

    Keep hiding under your sheets from the boogieman,Tom. I didn’t even realize city hall was STILL closed. There are Demonrat mayors who have reopened sooner than this guy. Tom sure did find the opportunity to get his picture in every newspaper possible over the past year though.

    Don’t forget to wear your face blankie!

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    • lawman

      May 15. 2021

      Seems to me that over the 60 or so years i have read local newspapers-that’s what mayors do. they are leaders who have their pictures taken with most of what goes on in La Porte-democrat AND republican. more improvements taking place in La Porte in recent memory so why worry about a few pictures-don’t look

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  2. John

    May 15. 2021

    Well, it’s about doggoned time. You forced us to either use that drive-up or mail in our water bills. Got used to mailing them in, though, and danged if I’ll set foot in your precious building again. You can keep it holed up, zoned off, and impregnable.

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    • Ralph Vogel

      May 15. 2021

      Thank you Mayor Dermody for your considered, wise approach. We are not yet out of the Covid woods- especially here in La Porte County. Stay the course; it’s the wise thing to do. Let’s see how things look on July 1.

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      • Kathy

        May 15. 2021

        American and John.. you two need to find a better way to spend your time.
        Kathy Daniels

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  3. JuJu

    May 15. 2021

    What is your problem, American and John? The other mayors were not in the situation that our Mayor Tom is in now. He is only trying to protect his employees and people of LaPorte. He is doing a great job. Why complain about a small thing like that when you could say something nice about what is does for all of us. It is good to see his picture in the paper. Do something for our city and maybe you will get your picture in the paper. So sad to see how unhappy you two are.

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  4. Bill Proud

    May 17. 2021

    Many positive things happening in the city . Good things can happen when everyone works together.

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