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John J. Watkins

LAKE STATION — A proposed social media ordinance didn’t get enough likes.

The measure would prohibit city employees from using social media for personal reasons while at work.

The council voted 3-2 Thursday to approve it on first reading, but that wasn’t enough to advance it.

City Attorney Michael Deppe said items considered by the council must have the backing of the majority of the entire panel, not just those at a meeting. Five of the seven council members were at the session, and the ordinance would have needed at least four votes in favor of it to move it to second reading.

With the 3-2 vote, there was no action taken on the ordinance. Deppe said it could go before the council again if that’s the desire of city leaders.

Council members Neil Anderson and Rick Long voted against the measure. Councilwomen Esther Rocha-Baldazo and Jennifer Miller didn’t attend the session.

Prior to voting on the matter, Long questioned who would monitor employee social media accounts.

Mayor Christopher Anderson said residents are already doing that.

The measure was drafted after receiving “a couple complaints” about city employees using social media for “non-work related issues” while on the clock, he said.

“If you’re on it during work hours, I don’t think residents appreciate it,” Christopher Anderson said.

The mayor said the ordinance isn’t directed toward specific employees.

He said social media isn’t covered in Lake Station’s employee handbook, and he believes there is a need to put a policy in place.

Christopher Anderson said there are many valid reasons to be on social media while at work. They could include posting information about road closures, city events and other situations in the municipality.

He said the ordinance could be on a future council agenda. Before that happens, he could have discussions with councilmen to determine if revisions are needed.

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