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Sandusky to solicit online comments

Andy Ouriel • Dec 15, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Sandusky officials are refreshing their social media policy to encourage more public participation among city residents.

City workers plan to install interactive software on a website — yet to be launched — so people can post comments about any Sandusky-related issue.

It should operate similar to a message board, much like the one found underneath stories posted online at sanduskyregister.com

Anyone with an Internet connection or a smartphone — iPhones and Droids, for instance — will be able to access the website.

Peak Democracy will host the site, with the company's employees monitoring comments and retaining records.

Sandusky taxpayers will pay roughly $3,000 for the service.

Concerned citizens can post suggestions on what park upgrades they want, or gripe about the potholes plaguing their neighborhoods.

"Given busy work and school schedules that may not permit people to attend city commission meetings, this service could prove very helpful to citizens," city manager Nicole Ard said.

The software should allow city officials to:

• identify the commenter's neighborhood;

• promote access to city information, including informing people about public meeting agendas and staff reports;

• conduct polls or surveys at a fraction of the cost of a consultant would charge.

For those still hesitant to file complaints via the Internet, the city will still accept complaints made in person, by telephone or by regular mail.


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