Erin Smith Staff writer
October 23, 2013
ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Board of Commissioners have voted to approve a social media policy as presented during their regular meeting on Monday.
“We are trying to be proactive in encouraging employees to be mindful in their use of social media when it is work-related, as well as personal use,” said Bladen County Manager Greg Martin.
He said several departments currently maintain a social media presence on various social media sites.
The policy “identifies potential uses that may be explored or expanded upon as deemed reasonable by administrative and supervisory personnel.”
The policy also states that the personal use of social media sites can have an impact on “county personnel in their official capacity.”
The policy also states that violators shall face disciplinary action, up to dismissal, though it does not give specifics on what actions may be taken prior to that.
In other business:
— The board recognized 24 employees for their years of service to the county. Those honored included Sharon Blanks, Sherrie Butler, Bernadine Davis, Rashida Fuller, Connie Gaines, Jacquelyn Hilburn, John Heustess, Joey Coleman, Kory Hair, Apsie Murray, Vicki Pait, Betty Tedder, Bennie Lennon, Gwena Lesane, Cynthia Dowless, Maggie Sykes, Jillana Owens, Richard Allen, Jeffrey Bridgers, Sharlen Young, Robert Morris, Steve Melson, Joseph Smith, and Tina Burney.
— The board also approved an amendment to the Bladen County Zoning Ordinances.
— The board approved the closeout of the N.C. Tomorrow grant.
— The board received an update from Bladen County Economic Development Director Chuck Heustess regarding a Golden Leaf Grant Application for machining. Martin said that machining was an item that has been identified as a need in Bladen County and the grant will help with that area.
— The board approved the sale of a lot to the town of Bladenboro. Martin said the lot was foreclosed on because the recent owners owed back taxes to both the county and the town.
— The board approved a $250 appropriation for the Bladen County Veteran’s Association.