The Public Information Act provides the public the right to request access to city records either for public inspection or to obtain copies (fee applies).
Governmental Body's Responsibilities
A municipality must make a good faith effort to provide access or copies of requested city records in a "prompt" manner. The Act states "promptly means that a governmental body may take a reasonable amount of time to produce the information, but may not delay."
A governmental body is not required to create new information, do legal research or answer questions. A governmental body is only required to provide access or copies of city records that are already in existence.
Public Information Request
To obtain documents, a written request must be submitted by mail, fax, email or in person that includes enough information and detail about the information requested to enable the governmental body to accurately identify and locate the items requested.