WEB SITE POLICIES
The information and services included in or available through the City of Richmond's web pages may include inaccuracies or typographical errors. Changes are completed periodically to the online information. The City of Richmond may make improvements and/or changes to the web site and its content at any time.
The City of Richmond does not represent or warrant that the web site will be uninterrupted or error-free, that defects will be corrected, or that the web pages or the server that makes it available are free of viruses or other harmful components.
The City of Richmond makes no representations about the suitability, reliability, availability, timeliness, or accuracy of the content of this web site for any purpose. The web pages and online information and content are provided "as-is" without warranty of any kind. The City of Richmond disclaims all warranties and conditions with regard to the web site service, including all implied warranties and conditions of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, title, and non-infringement.
By using this web site, you acknowledge content including, but not limited to, text, software, music, sounds, photographs, video, graphics, or other material, may be protected by copyrights, trademarks, service marks, patents, or other proprietary rights and laws. You may make a copy of this content for your personal, non-commercial use only, provided that you keep all copyright and other proprietary notices intact. You may not modify, copy, reproduce, republish, upload, post, transmit, or distribute in any way content available throught he web site, including code and software, with the exception of public documents such as agendas or meeting minutes.
The laws of the State of Michigan and the United States of America govern this agreement. If any part of this agreement is determined to be invalid or unenforceable, the remainder of the agreement shall continue in full force and effect.
The City of Richmond views the provision of links from this web site to external web sites as a public service that can benefit its citizens and other web site visitors. Overall, the city's web site should provide useful information and reflect a positive and inspiring image of Richmond to citizens, businesses, and visitors. The city's web site should reflect the city's concern for its citizens, its technical progressiveness, and its support for economic and business development. The city will select and provide links from its web site to external web sites to the extent that such links help support these goals.
Links on the city's web site should also satisfy a governmental purpose. In particular, the city will consider providing links to sites that promote and protect the public health, safety, and welfare.
The city reserves the right to determine the location of external links on its web site (i.e., specific pages and locations on those pages).
The following list, while not exhaustive, provides examples of the types of web sites that the city will consider when selecting external links to be displayed on the city's web site:
This listing includes examples of web sites that would be consistent with, and supportive of, the goals of the City of Richmond. However, the provision of a link to any site is not an endorsement of any organization or of the web site content of any organization. The city is not responsible for the content of any linked site or any link contained in a linked site.
The City of Richmond's web site will not provide links to:
The city manager for the City of Richmond will make the final determination on links provided within the city's web site.
The City of Richmond commits itself to taking all reasonable actions to protect the privacy of its web site visitors and users. Safeguarding the privacy of visitors to the City of Richmond's web site will help to preserve public trust in the city's web site and increase users' confidence and participation in online activities.
What we learn about you will depend upon what you do while visiting the city's web site. If you visit our web site solely to browse, read, or download information, our services -- like most web servers on the Internet -- will collect and store only that information that your web browser sends when it requests a web page. This information will likely include:
The City of Richmond collects this information solely for the purpose of improving the quality of online services that we provide to users. We will periodically summarize and analyze this information in order to study site usage over time and to perform other studies that will help us improve the site's organization, performance, and usefulness.
Otherwise, when you visit our site simply to browse, read, or download information, we will not collect any individual identifying or personal information. Nor will we use "cookies" without your express permission or any other means (such as Adware or Spyware) to track your visit in any way. Based upon the data we do collect during such "information-gathering" visits, the city cannot ascertain any personal information regarding an individual user (such as name, street address, or telephone number).
If you use our site to request a service, make a payment, or apply for a job or permit, we will ask that you submit certain pieces of relevant personal information based upon the request or action. For example, when you request a service, we may ask for a name, street address, and telephone number. To complete a payment transaction, we may require name, street address, telephone number, and credit card or bank account number. You may need to provide certain personal information and property or other related data for permit applications. Online job applications will require complete and detailed personal information. As allowed by law, we will not share any of your personal or financial information with any third party at any time without your explicit permission.
However, please be aware that the City of Richmond, as a governmental agency, must comply with various state and federal regulations concerning open records and freedom of information. Thus, any information that we receive through use of our site will be subject to the same requirements for public disclosure as information provided to us through other media (such as printed material or voice records). Property and permit information, in particular, are commonly deemed to be "public records" by relevant state and federal laws. As such, we often must, by law, make this information available upon request.
Your participation in any feature, option, or service provided on our web site is and will remain entirely at your discretion. We will never assume that you wish to "opt in" to anything nor will we require you to "opt out" of any feature, option, or service that our site provides. Users visiting our web site may, at any time, decline to participate or discontinue their participation in any activity that asks for personal information (service requests, payment transactions, job applications, surveys, and the like). Choosing not to provide this information will in no way affect your ability to continue to use our site or any other feature on our site. However, electing not to provide certain important information may prevent the city from responding to your request for service or completing your transaction.
If you send us an electronic mail message with a question or comment that contains personally identifying information, or if you fill out a form that e-mails us this information, we will use on the personally identifiable information to respond to your request. We may, if appropriate, redirect your message to another government agency or person who can better respond to your question or request.
Our web site contains an area that provides for "Community Bulletin Board" postings by the general public, and specific additional policies, rules, and regulations apply when using the bulletin board service. You will be asked to give your consent to those policies, rules, and regulations when you register as a user of the bulletin board service. You will be required to specify that you are at least 13 years of age to be eligible to use the bulletin board service. Account information provided by you, including personal identifying information, is stored in our databases when you register as a user of the bulletin board service. Violations of the terms of service, policies, rules, and regulations for use of the bulletin board service may subject you to being barred from using the service.
The city manager for the City of Richmond has the responsibility for making changes to, and interpreting, these web site policies. To comment or inquire about the content of these policies, please contact the city manager through e-mail at email@example.com or by writing to:
This web page was last updated by the City of Richmond on 07/28/2005 11:59 AM. Copyright © City of Richmond, Michigan. All rights reserved.