Conn. towns shutting down Web sites a...

Conn. towns shutting down Web sites as they grapple with new FO...

There are 8 comments on the WTNH Hartford, New Haven and Connecticut story from Oct 5, 2008, titled Conn. towns shutting down Web sites as they grapple with new FO.... In it, WTNH Hartford, New Haven and Connecticut reports that:

Residents in a growing number of small Connecticut towns are out of luck if they check their municipal Web sites for information such as library hours, recycling policies and parks programs.

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Union Worker

United States

#1 Oct 5, 2008
I like this new law. We should get more updates and faster. This is just the kick in the butt these CT. towns need! This is a good law !
Foamer King

Spotsylvania, VA

#2 Oct 6, 2008
Agreed, these towns that are shutting down their web sites need to be taken over by the state. They are trying to hide stuff from us.

It's 2008, not 1920, by federal law the web should be the primary source for this information, not some also ran.
Jerry

Seymour, CT

#3 Oct 6, 2008
Yes, the law had good intentions, however not every town has paid staff to run their website.

As a volunteer I will not risk being hauled into court over some silly lawsuit that any town member could bring under the new law.

Hence I will not run the website anymore and since I won't do it it won't get updated. This now forced the town to take it down until they find another sucker, oops, volunteer to run it.

I ws doing it as a favor, not a requirement. You can not "make" a voluteer do anything, only ask them.
Scott

Uncasville, CT

#4 Oct 6, 2008
I think this is baloney. The leadership in these towns and cities need to make this a priority. Up to now making information available to local citizens hasn't seemed to be important but, lo and behold, now that it is they'll shut down a website before buckling down and seeing that the information is available. This says a lot about what their priority really is now.
Old Timer

Philadelphia, PA

#5 Oct 6, 2008
I can see bigger cities with their bigger budgets keeping up with this, but the little towns mentioned most likely don't have any paid staff available. As the one guy said, it's volunteers doing all the work and when it gets to be more like work then why do it for free? This is a bogus law that screams for a frivolous lawsuit.
Steve

Elmhurst, IL

#6 Oct 6, 2008
If people are so set on seeing the 'minutes' of what goes on at the town meetign why dont they get off their butts and go to the meetings themselves. Stop being so lazy.
Bones

Saint Louis, MO

#7 Oct 6, 2008
Why can't the towns themselves make the chooce of whats on their web page? The state seems to want their paws into everyones business.
Foamer King

Spotsylvania, VA

#8 Oct 7, 2008
Steve wrote:
If people are so set on seeing the 'minutes' of what goes on at the town meetign why dont they get off their butts and go to the meetings themselves. Stop being so lazy.
Maybe because I can't clone myself, and I work nights?

You all like the trains to run on time.

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