Petersburg’s borough government January 16th announced the start up of a new website to gather input and generate ideas.

The site is hosted by a company called Mind Mixer. It’s described as a virtual town hall and is intended to spark discussion about the future of the community and to add to future borough planning efforts. With the start of the site, the borough is posting a few questions to get the public discourse going. They’re seeking opinions on mail-in elections, steps to make the community more energy efficient and feedback from pedestrians and bicyclists. Joe Viechnicki spoke with borough manager Steve Giesbrecht about the new site.

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The website cost is about seven thousand dollars over four years. Giesbrecht views it as a tool to include input and ideas from residents of the new borough, including residents outside the old city limits.