Town of Mason adopts social media policy

By Mindy Kearns - Special to OVP

MASON — A new social media policy that affects both town-sanctioned sites as well as employees’ private sites was adopted by the Mason town council at its most recent meeting.

The policy restricts those employees who maintain the town and police department Facebook pages from posting profane language or content, political activity, confidential information, or other content deemed inappropriate.

In addition, employees will be required to sign the policy, which also restricts posts on their personal social media sites. The policy states employees might be liable for anything written or presented, and can be disciplined up to termination, for violations.

While the council stated the policy is something needed for insurance purposes, not all members were pleased with it. Councilman Bob Wing said he did not like the policy and felt it was “intrusive” and “against the Constitution.” Wing was assured the policy had been approved by the town’s attorney.

Mayor Donna Dennis updated the council on the ongoing water project. She said while it is progressing on time, there have been some questions as to who is responsible when unknown water lines are hit and repaired.

Dennis also assured members that at the conclusion of the project, all private property damaged will be repaired. The mayor said lawns disturbed will be seeded, and driveways and sidewalks will be replaced with the same materials.

In other action, the council:

  • Moved the Harvest Festival back to Oct. 8 after changing it to Oct. 15 at the last meeting;
  • Approved a sign permit for Christopher Roush for Mason Flats, an apartment complex on Third Street; and,
  • Agreed to place help wanted advertisements for a full-time water/sewer operator and a part-time certified police officer, with a deadline of Sept. 14.

Attending were Mayor Dennis, Recorder Ciji Casto, and council members Wing, Ron Heath, Emily Henry and Becky Pearson.

By Mindy Kearns

Special to OVP

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.