I only see a literal few posting, voting and commenting here. Do we not feel it worthy to dedicate a simple amount of tax dollars to broaden this audience? My mailbox gets solicited by Best Buy and some pathetic and harmful car and payday loan companies located here in the County and using some quite thick paper. If terrible ventures can solicit my box and still afford to stay in business then our simple little County should be able to do the same. Please don't tell me a dollar from each of us including yourselves on an annual basis is not worth the voices we could be hearing and the votes these ideas are needing to make you realize it's time to work. Not many know about Speak up and a lot that do may simply have forgotten. Annual reminders are needed.

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Zac Stein 3 months ago

Why spend money? The gloucester 411 FB page is pretty popular, why aren't the people who are active here post about this there or be active there also? I think it's because most of the people who are active here don't want to hear different opinions then there own and are only interested in what keeps Gloucster a retirement community. There is nothing wrong with retirement communities, they offer a lot of benefits, but what happens when all the retirees die? We need to be drawing in families

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Darren McMurray 3 months ago

Are you kidding? This is a government website designed to bring the voice of the residents to the board of supervisors. This website is bought and paid for by all of Gloucester's residents and you would suggest we abandon it for one mans Facebook page? This site is all about our opinions. Not only that, it is also a direct link to our board. I do not pay our board to fondle through Facebook at anytime during their time in office. I think you literally blew my mind. I never expected a statement such as yours typed and posted for public view. Thank you for keeping me real. Thank you also for sharing Gloucester 411. I had no idea it even existed with all of its 1,295 members in a closed group forum that requires one to be accepted and to follow a set of rules established by one individual. I will definitely join that group if I'm deemed worthy of its acceptance and of course I will definitely be kicked out because I so love my GOD given right to free speech. I'm glad you shared your opinion here because "different opinions" is exactly what this site is about and we need the different opinions in order for our elected board to understand what we truly desire as a community. I do not agree with the restrictions of speech on this site either. They do NOT have that right. I agree we need to bring in families. Gloucester County back in the earlier 80's was a top growing county in this state. We never achieved though. With only mediocre and dead end jobs, people could not afford the higher priced living. Look at us currently. The Wal-Mart scene has weakened us terribly and guess what, we are bringing in more junk business fit for school age only. This is a sad use of our economy and we should be breaking away from this type of corporate bankrupting.

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Zac Stein 3 months ago

I haven't seen any restrictions of speech other than those that our covered under privacy laws. Thanks a lot for going off on me and making me feel stupid by the way. Really encourages me to be active and express myself on here. I did not suggest we abandon this site, I suggested users use that FB page as a way to direct people here, I even did that and this is a sampling of the responses I got. "This is too much trouble to use. You have to sign in just to vote on a comment. A FB page plus direct emails would generate more participation from me. Wonder if others feel the same way." "Thanks. I know. I've used it. But it's a pain to use. There are more user friendly ways. And it needs to reach the masses." "Robin Kirsner Hilling I agree, it's not very user friendly, it's not easy to navigate. I've browsed occasionally, but it's not someplace I visit regularly."

Again, sorry for daring to suggest something you deem so negatively and I appreciate your harsh assessment of said suggestion. The reason I said what I did about people not being open to different ideas on here is from my personal experience on here and what attitudes I have observed yet I still check back here regularly because I care about my community and believe in being an active participant in the process we as citizens are free to take part in

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Community Engagement Department admin 3 months ago

We appreciate and value your comments/input on SpeakUp Gloucester usage. Advertising for SpeakUp is being done through no-cost avenues such as public service announcements, CommunityConnection Town Crier, county Facebook page, and through other e-news/bulletins and e-networks. All comments and ideas are welcome. The County does have and adhere to a Social Media Policy (AP315.13 Site Content) which provides safety/legal measures that restricts content which contains profane language, sexual content, solicitations of commerce, info that may compromise the safety/security of the public, and/or content that promotes, fosters or perpetuates discrimination. This is a fairly consistent and general guideline used in conjunction with social media.

Your interest and comments are timely as the County is in the process of promoting SpeakUp Gloucester to determine and access the level of use and interest for effectiveness.

The County's Facebook continues to gain a following and it is another avenue to reach citizens who are very varied in their use of social media tools to communicate.

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Darren McMurray 3 months ago

Okay Community Engagement Department, your media policy is questionable at best and many lawsuits are coming up due to violations of first amendment rights. I have viewed your "Terms and Conditions" and they are clearly unconstitutional. Namely, this site does not have a clear understanding of the type of public forums it claims to be which suggest it is an open public forum. I now have to side with Mr. Stein due to the fact I discovered this site is lawsuit bound under the first amendment. Anyone that has had their comment removed from this site has ground for lawsuit. The same stands for the County Facebook page as well as the Facebook page of the police department. Now that I know the policies are questionable on all three sites I will submit them to the ACLU for review.

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Zac Stein 3 months ago

Just what this county needs. More involvement with the aclu. As if having them behind Gavin Grimm isn't enough already

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Darren McMurray 3 months ago

Thank you Zac Stein for returning here to comment again. I appreciate you clarifying more to your opinion which allows me to appreciate your opinion even more. As far as making you feel stupid, ehh, not sure I have that power over anyone. Assuming we don't want to hear the opinions of others was a down play to our intelligence. Of course we want the opinions of others. There can not be a debate without opinion. It should help you to feel better to know that your opinion has remotely swayed mine own. The County has failed at promoting this site therefore wasted our money, much like they do on the surveys. I do retract my idea to spend more here due to the facts stated and observed, I always appreciate facts. You failed to continue the family issue you stated. In my opinion, that is a major issue being ignored here in this County and likely due to pay offs. Corruption has always been a big factor in this County(Do not get me started Admin, I will load you down and expose a world of corruption existing in this County). The fact I never heard of the County Facebook page disturbs me. I will definitely be joining there as well. What I expect to see though is a push of County false perception. As grown ups we don't need these people to hold our hands as they would like us to assume. Be blatant, be truthful, be honest and if at times you allow your feelings to be hurt own up to it and remind yourselves, you are grown. Get rid of this site Gloucester, you've wasted our money and it is unconstitutional. My apologies for this bad idea

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Darren McMurray 3 months ago

I want a link posted to this the so-called county facebook page. The only page I see and can find is titled Gloucester County, Virginia Region · Government Organization Yet is states "Unofficial" with this disclaimer "This unofficial Page was created because people on Facebook have shown interest in this place or business. It's not affiliated with or endorsed by anyone associated with Gloucester County, Virginia." Ever hear of a conflict of interest? You can not claim "Government Organization" then claim yourself "Unofficial" It is either a government organization bound by the Constitution or it is a simple Facebook page. I'm guessing I'm at the wrong place which is here...https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gloucester-County-Virginia/132692356771076 The residents are responsible to pay out on any lawsuits incurred by the county. Are you people literally trying to bankrupt us? Remove these illegitimate pages that violate 1st amendment rights and stop opening us up for lawsuits. Fire your attorney.

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Community Engagement Department admin 3 months ago

Gloucester County's official Facebook info and link has been available since its launch on the county's main website at www.gloucesterva.info and directly at https://www.facebook.com/gloucesterva. The page referenced above, "Gloucester County, Virginia Region · Government Organization" is a page generated by Facebook. It is not affiliated with Gloucester County's official government Facebook page.

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Darren McMurray 3 months ago

Thank you. I discovered three pages with issues you resolved one. You are on the right track. Keep up the good work. Also, have the unofficial page removed. It is a simple process and wouldn't take 5 minutes.

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Kenny Hogge Sr 3 months ago

"Advertising for SpeakUp is being done through no-cost avenues....." I say nothing is free. In fact it costs taxpayers over a half million dollars a year to fund the "Community Engagement" Department. Over $500,000 is dedicated to salaries and benefits with the remaining less than $50,000 dedicated to operating costs. So, I would say all advertising for SpeakUp is "not" free.

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Zac Stein 3 months ago

Guys like Kenny and Darren bring up a lot of good points and questions that our local government should hold themselves accountable for. Citizens are what provides the checks and balances in local government

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