Tyrone to revisit Internet policy

Fri, 05/02/2008 - 2:35pm
By: John Thompson

The Tyrone Town Council Thursday night instructed town attorney Bill McNally to look over revisions to the the town’s technology and Internet use policy.

The town currently has a policy in place, but Councilman Tracy Young had examined the policy and wanted to tighten it up. One of the issues addressed in the revised policy is the town’s policy to personal e-mail.

“The e-mail system may be used to send or receive personal messages so long as the use is insubstantial and does not interfere with the employee’s job responsibilities,” reads part of the new policy.

“Who determines what is insubstantial?” wondered Councilman Eric Dial.

McNally said the language could be adjusted, and that his firm would work on a revision.

The policy is also clear in what is not allowed.

“Offensive material includes, but is not limited to, sexual comments, jokes or images, racial slurs, gender-specific comments or any comments, jokes or images that would offend someone on the basis of his or her race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, national origin, marital status, sexual preference, or disability, veteran status or any other category protected by federal, state or local laws.”

In other news, the Town Council voted to increase the number of copies developers submit for conceptual plats, preliminary plats, conceptual site plans and landscape plans.

Town manager Chris Venice explained the town has broadened the review scope of development plans since January. The town now submits plans to the county’s environmental health department, along with the water and fire/EMS departments. Venice recommended 15 copies of plans, instead of 10.

The town also agreed to have all plats submitted by the third Monday of the month. The new due date would then allow the plans to be heard by the Planning Commission at its last meeting of the following month.

“This will give us more time for a comprehensive review,” Venice said.

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