City De­cides On So­cial Me­dia

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Good­man of­fi­cials are fig­ur­ing out if a Face­book page for the city is worth the cost to archive posts and com­ments or if it would be bet­ter to take it down.

The city of Good­man cur­rently uti­lizes a Face­book page for news and ac­tiv­i­ties, but city clerk Karla McNor­ton told al­der­men on Tues­day night that the city faces a de­ci­sion about the fu­ture of its so­cial me­dia.

McNor­ton said a state statute re­quires cities to have their Face­book posts archived, should any­one ever re­quest a copy of posts and ac­tiv­i­ties.

For in­stance, if some­one posts a com­ment on the page and then deletes it and some­one else re­quests a copy of the orig­i­nal post, the city has to make that archived in­for­ma­tion avail­able, she said.

McNor­ton said the city has to be­come com­pli­ant and archive Face­book posts or delete the page.

The cost a com­pany charges to archive an or­ga­ni­za­tion’s Face­book page av­er­ages $200 monthly, of­fi­cials said.

Good­man Mayor Greg Rich­mond said the is­sue will be placed on next month’s agenda and coun­cil mem­bers will have un­til then to re­search their op­tions.

“If the coun­cil would rather not pay for that, it’s your de­ci­sion,” Rich­mond said.

The city also has a web­site, which of­fi­cials uti­lize to post in­for­ma­tion, news and meet­ing min­utes.

Mem­bers will re­view the role the web­site plays, as well as the Face­book page.

A num­ber of other towns have Face­book pages and uti­lize so­cial

me­dia a great deal, Rich­mond said.

“A lot of cities say ‘I couldn’t live with­out it,’ but I don’t think we’re any­where near that,” Rich­mond said.

In other busi­ness, Car­rie and Tim O’Brien said they felt ha­rassed and sin­gled out when they re­ceived a let­ter about a camper stored on their prop­erty and an un­tagged ve­hi­cle.

The camper has been on the fam­ily prop­erty since Car­rie O’Brien was 10 years old. All those years, no one has ever com­plained about the camper, she said.

Tim O’Brien said he had about 100 pho­tos on his cell­phone of other in­frac­tions around town. He said other peo­ple had sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tions — or worse — and he didn’t be­lieve they had re­ceived let­ters about mak­ing im­prove­ments, get­ting rid of prop­erty or tag­ging ve­hi­cles by a cer­tain dead­line.

Rich­mond said he would speak with Po­lice Chief Curt Drake about the sit­u­a­tion and the let­ter that was sent.

“We will see how we can come out,” Rich­mond said.

In a short meet­ing fol­low­ing the reg­u­lar coun­cil meet­ing, al­der­men voted to ap­point mem­bers to a new Plan­ning and Zon­ing Com­mit­tee. Keith Estes was ap­pointed chair­man; Greg Beck­ner, act­ing chair; and Jared Mack­all, sec­re­tary. Other mem­bers in­clude Calvin Wil­son, Ron John­son, Ed Toumala and Jerry Pierce.

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