June 28, 2009

Mayor barred from posting on town Web site

Council members in a North Carolina town barred its mayor from posting the town's newsletter on its Web site, citing what they call his negative comments.

Indian Trail Mayor John Quinn countered that the ban -- the latest the council has taken against him -- was enacted based on misinformation that he was harassing some council members, The Charlotte Observer reported Sunday.

Council members said the mayor's comments should reflect well on the town and should have focused on events such as Indian Trail's new farmers market and passage of the town's budget without a tax increase.

It doesn't mention anything positive since the last newsletter went out, Council Member Dan Schallenkamp said of the mayor's newsletter comments.

Banning Quinn from posting his comments on the town's Web site is the latest action the council has taken in its squabble with the mayor. The council voted to deny Quinn contact with town employees except through Interim Town Manager Peggy Piontek, and ruled he cannot enter non-public areas of the town tall without Piontek's permission.