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Bromley Hopes to Get Control of Its Facebook Page

Who runs the City of Bromley's official Facebook page?

Currently, no one.

A former member of council, Greg Rechtin, was the administrator, but has removed himself from that role, leaving the page without an administrator, Mayor Donnie Jobe said at Wednesday's city council meeting.

The city is going back and forth with the social media giant in an attempt to prove that it is the official city and rightful owner of the page. City leaders expect the issue to be resolved soon.

Council member Gail Smith suggested making Janet Gardiner, the city clerk, the Facebook page's administrator, "since council is changing and it would make sense to have her as an administrator. She would be able to add people as needed."

City to remove dead tree from Kenton Street

The city council voted to take on the cost of removing a dead tree on the 200 block of Kenton Street, though that responsibility typically falls on the homeowner. This case was special, Councilman Bob France said, because the homeowner had just moved in weeks before when a citation from code enforcement arrived.

Smith voted against the decision to spend approximately $300 to remove the dead tree (pictured above). "I think we're setting a precedent that we are going to be sorry we started," she said. City attorney Kim Vocke researched the issue through case law and determined that it should be the homeowner's responsibility. "I think we should adhere to Kim's advice."

Council voted 4-1 in favor of removing the tree.

"I can see the concern," France said of the decision. "I think once in a while you have to make an exception and show a little good faith to your residents and taxpayers."

Smith requested that an ordinance be drafted specifically to outline how the city deals with tree removal. "Going forward, I don't see that the city should be paying for them," she said.

No vote on golf carts

At last month's meeting, city council listened to the first reading of an ordinance that would have allowed golf carts to be driven on city streets. On Wednesday, an attempt to approve the ordinance died due to lack of a second. Councilman Kaleb Miller motioned for approval, but one one else stepped up to move the ordinance forward. 

Councilman Charlie Foulks thought that the $75 annual fee was too expensive. "Six twenty-five a month, that doesn't make sense," he said. "If it's lifetime, that's one thing."

City exploring digital sign purchase

Council member Dixie Meyer researched costs associated with a digital sign for the city. She said that they typically run about $15,000. The city is looking for ways to better communicate with the citizens on a regular basis.

Bromley will continue to explore the possibility of placing a digital sign in the city.

Correction: A previous version of this article misidentified Greg Rechtin as a former mayor; he was a member of council. The article also misspelled Donnie Jobe's first name. 

Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher