Friday, April 7, 2017

In the News: downtown beautification day planned; town social media accounts are records

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"With warmer weather on the horizon, several local organizations are looking to spruce up the look of downtown. 
The matter was raised at a Thursday morning Franklin Downtown Partnership meeting, with members noting an upcoming “beautification day” for the area. 
Event organizer Eileen Mason said the event - scheduled for Saturday, May 20 - would focus on updating the plants and flowers in various spots around the center of town. 
“There will be a red, white and blue theme again this year,” she said."
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"The rise of social media has created new questions for cities and towns when it comes to preserving public records. 
“In some respects this becomes a moving target because these different platforms of social media continue to evolve,” said Brandon Moss, a municipal law attorney for Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane and town counsel for Bedford, Scituate and Mendon. 
Nearly every Massachusetts city, town and government entity now use social media to reach and engage with the public. Under state law, any communication to and from an official government social media account is subject to public records disclosure. That includes private messages sent from official government accounts on Twitter, Facebook or other platforms. 
“Basically, if it were on a piece of paper, would it be a public record? If the answer is yes, then it would be a public record,” said Brian McNiff, a spokesman for Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin’s office."

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