Right To Know
OPEN RECORDS POLICY
On February 14, 2008, The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania signed into law ACT 3 of 2008 which required municipalities to establish an official Open Records Access Policy to become effective on or before January 1, 2009.
Open Records Officer:
1401 Graham Ave.
Windber, PA 1963
Office of Open Records
Commonwealth Keystone Building
400 North St., 4th floor
Harrisburg, Pa. 17120-0225
The following fees will be payable for copies of public records before delivery of the records.
Copies – 25 cents per page ( 50 cents for each page with double-sided copy)
Certification – $1.00 per record
Records (such as plans, color copies, non-standard size documents) – Actual cost
Actual cost of postage if records mailed
10 cents per page if records are faxed at the instruction of Requester
Reasonable costs necessarily incurred by the Borough in order to comply with the request (e.g. to retrieve records from the archives)
Other costs permitted by the Open Records Law
If the total fees are likely to exceed $100.00, prepayment of the estimated amount will be due upon request.
The Open Records Officer will respond in consultation with the Solicitor, as appropriate, in accordance with ten requirements of the Right to Know Law. Requests shall be reviewed as soon as possible, and a response shall be made within 5 business days. Whenever feasible, a records inspection (if requested) or copies of the records requested shall be made available within 5 business days. If access to certain records is denied, the response will indicate the reason.
If a written request is denied or deemed denied, the requester may file an appeal in writing to Terry Muthcler, Executive Director, Office of Open Records, Commonwealth Keystone Building, 400 North St., Plaza Level, Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225.
An appeal shall be filed within 15 days of the mailing date of the Borough’s response or within 15 business days of a deemed denial. The appeal shall state the grounds upon which the requester asserts the record(s) is/are a public record and shall address any grounds stated by the Borough for delaying or denying the request.