Sedgwick officials getting new email accounts

SEDGWICK — Saving money, time, trees and perhaps reputations if the town was ever sued — that’s the force behind a project to get town email addresses for Sedgwick officials.

The Planning Board already has town email accounts and the Board of Selectmen is soon to follow.

“Everything is controversial now,” said Victor Smith, chairman of the Board of Selectmen. “We didn’t want to compromise our home computers with doing business on those. If one of us got sued or the town got sued for something, they could come and confiscate our home computers.”

In the case of a lawsuit, slogging through hundreds or thousands of emails in an inbox to find a town missive could prove cumbersome.

The selectmen can check their town emails from their home computers by signing into a password-protected web page.

The Sedgwick Planning Board already has its town email accounts set up.

“I think their feeling is they can be transparent with the public with having a public email address,” said Duane Ford, Sedgwick’s code enforcement officer. “They feel the information being sent to them about a meeting or background information about a project, that’s public. They like that. Nobody has anything to hide.”

Emailing documents also can save on printing costs.

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Jennifer Osborn

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