While the idea sounded good in principle, City Council members are finding that it’s not as easy as it seems to put all the text messages that they receive about city business on the municipal record. The city is currently considering a policy that would make all personal electronic communications about official matters public. Ideally, the policy would include all personal emails, text messages, and even Facebook postings. But as Councilman Pete Constant learned, there is no way for him to transfer text messages from his personal iPhone to the municipal email system.
Mayor Chuck Reed cautioned that the city may be forced to require council members and planning commissioners to use their city’s official email accounts exclusively to conduct city business. The policy would also ban text messaging and emailing during meetings, in an effort to prevent lobbyists from influencing decisions.
Constant, however, is firmly opposed. Recalling how, during one City Council meeting his wife texted him to say that she was stranded on the highway with his kids in the car, he says that text messaging has become “a way of life” for people such as him.
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