Right to Know

BRIAR CREEK TOWNSHIP

RIGHT TO KNOW

 


OPEN RECORD OFFICER

 


The Township hereby designates Connie Kline as the Township Open Records Officer.

 


The Open Records Officer may be reached at :



150 Municipal Rd
Berwick PA, 18603
Phone:  (570) 752-8262
Fax: (570) 759-1681





GENERAL


All documents deemed public records shall be available for inspection, retrieval, and duplication at the Municipal Building during established business hours Mon. & Fri. 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM and Wed. 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM with the exception of holidays.


REQUESTS


Requests shall be made in writing to the Township Open Records Officer on a form provided by the township.


FEES


Paper copies shall be $.25 cents per page per side. The certification of record is $1.00 per record. Specialized documents, including, but not limited to, blue prints, color copies, and non-standard sized documents shall be charged the actual cost of production. If mailing is requested, the cost of postage will be charged. The Township shall prepayment if the total fees are estimated to exceed $100.00.


RESPONSE


The Township shall make a good-faith effort to provide the requested public record (s) as promptly as possible. The Open Records Officer shall cooperate with those requesting records to review and/or duplicate original Township documents while taking reasonable measure to protect Township documents from the possibility of theft, damage, and/or modification.



The Open Records Officer shall review all written requests for access to public records. As soon as possible, but no later than five business days after receiving a written request to access public records, the Open Records Officer shall respond to such requests in writing consistent with Act 3 of 2008. If access to a record is denied, the response shall include a reason for denial as stipulated in Act 3 of 2009, The Right-to-Know Law.


CONTACT INFORMATION


If a written request is denied or deemed denied, the requester may file an appeal in writing to Terry Mutchler, Executive Director. Office of Open Records, Commonwealth Keystone Building, 400 North Street, Plaza Level, Harrisburg, PA 17120.



Appeals of criminal records shall be made to the District Attorney of Columbia County:



Thomas Leiopold
120 W. Main Street
Bloomsburg PA, 17815
(570) 784-4654


APPEALS PROCESS


The appeal shall be filed within 15 business days of the mailing date of the Township's response or within 15 business days of a deemed denial. The appeal shall state the grounds upon which the requester asserts the records is a public record and shall address any grounds stated by the Township for delaying or denying the request.


RESOLVED AND ENACTED this 5th day of January, 2009 by the Briar Creek Township Board of Supervisors.


John Zaginaylo 



 Chairperson