KEYSER - As concerns for an abundance of misinformation on social media were raised during Wednesday's meeting of the Keyser Mayor and Council, the city has agreed to work on updating its Facebook and webpage as a means of keeping residents informed.
By Ronda Wertman
KEYSER - As concerns for an abundance of misinformation on social media were raised during Wednesday’s meeting of the Keyser Mayor and Council, the city has agreed to work on updating its Facebook and webpage as a means of keeping residents informed.
Residents noted that the webpage had not been updated since July 4, 2017, and that information concerning city services and events should come from the city and not from the personal comments of officials.
“The issue with Facebook or a webpage is it takes time,” said city administrator Randy Amtower, noting that these areas have been underutilized due to a lack of manpower.
Councilman Eric Murphy agreed to work with police chief Karen Shoemaker and resident and volunteer Jacob Everline on bringing the sites up to date.
One point of misinformation raised was over the removal of the recycling bins at the South End Playground.
Amtower explained that the cardboard recycling bin had been placed at no charge to the city by United Disposal as a service to the residents.
However, recently when Apple Valley Waste took over the former United Disposal Service, they sent the city a bill for $75 for the bin and subsequently another bill.
When Amtower contacted the company, he said that Apple Valley assumed what the town had and sent a bill with no communication with the town.
“I couldn’t let them keep hitting us with $75 for this,” said Amtower, adding that Apple Valley was “really getting off on the wrong foot.”
In the meantime, the city has options of purchasing a dumpster, paying someone to put a recycling dumpster in or seeing if the recycling could be included in the trash service with another provider if the city would go with citywide trash service at some point in the future.
Speaking for Lumber and Things, a local recycler, Kenny Nutter noted that the business would like to work with the city in putting a transfer station in.
“You’ve got to work with us to control the trash or we’re not going to do it,” he said over concerns for more than cardboard being discarded in the bin.
The council agreed to explore recycling options with the local business.
Reading a prepared statement purported to be on behalf of the citizens but signed only by himself, Shawn Snyder called for councilwoman Karol Ashenfelter to be reprimanded by the council for her moral conduct and misinformation on social media describing her actions as “unbecoming of a council member.”
“We are leaving this up to you to handle,” Snyder said to the council, calling for a committee to investigate Ashenfelter and that she be “reprimanded to the full reach of the council.”
“Consider myself reprimanded. I will not be on Eye of Keyser,” said Ashenfelter.