Falmouth council drafts Maine’s first e-mail use policy

By Judith Meyer, Sun-Journal Managing Editor/days
Sunday, June 29, 2008

FALMOUTH – The town council, grappling with the volume and content of e-mails by and between councilors, drafted what is considered to be Maine’s first council e-mail use policy.

The policy, unanimously enacted in November, was crafted after the town received a freedom of information request from the Forecaster newspapers for access to council members’ e-mail communications, many of which were stored on personal e-mail accounts, according to Council Chairwoman Cathy Breem.

Sun-Journal tackles e-mail: E-mail offers a glimpse of council tension

By Scott Taylor, Staff Writer
Sunday, June 29, 2008

LEWISTON – The tension between Mayor Larry Gilbert and Lewiston city councilors came to a head on Feb. 5.

They’d been sparring over whether to give a group studying Bates Mill No. 5 more time to complete its work. Councilors said they wanted the report finished by March 4; Gilbert directed city staff to give the group more time.

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