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Updated: March 7, 2013 6:33AM
Gurnee officials updated the village’s communications policies Monday night by acknowledging the increasing role that social media plays in today’s changing world.
Erik Jensen, a staff management analyst who coordinated the report, said the village has implemented a number of new public information enhancements such as social media during the past few years that require updating public media guidelines.
“The new unified policy replaces existing communications policies and brings them under a new set of rules,” he told village trustees.
However, the village’s Web site — www.gurnee.il.us — will continue to be a key focal point for the dissemination of much online public information along with the village’s electronic Listserv systems.
He said the update addresses general guidelines and outlines standards for each type of communication system now being used by Gurnee, including mass notification, online, print and social media.
“It also creates generalized approaches to press and network relations, which the village as a whole had few policies on before, ” Jensen said.
Should a subject be considered highly subjective, trustees decided that staff personnel should seek counsel from the village administrator, the village attorney, or both.
In other action, Lake County District 13 Board Member Sandra Hart of Lake Bluff briefed trustees on current activities taking place at the County Board level. She invited trustees to attend one of five County Board-sponsored community forums coming up in late February and early March.
She said the forums would solicit ideas from municipalities and the public to include when the County Board updates its strategic plan during the next two years.