Humboldt adopts policy for examination of records

HUMBOLDT – The Humboldt City Council adopted a policy for the examination of public records Monday.

The resolution adds portions of the state code to the city code, allowing the city to recover expenses for cumbersome requests for public records, said City Administrator Aaron Burnett.

“It also creates a standard form for requests to ensure that all requests are fully understood,” he said.

Simple requests would not have come through the form, Burnett said.

“A representative from the Iowa Public Information Board asked that we adopt this section to our policy to better guide us as we go through the process,” Burnett said.

The policy is in response to a previous request asking for substantial records on the Eagle Ridge project, Burnett said.

In that case the requester was told there would be a charge for the information.

In the future, the person making the request will be informed up front what the cost will be. The city employee’s salary will be figured into the cost for compiling the documents and for being present when the person is going through documents in city hall.

In other business the council:

– Set a June 16 public hearing date to review plans for improvements to the airport runway. The project is eligible for 85 percent federal funding.

– Set a June 16 public hearing date for plans for a new airport hanger. It is eligible for 90 percent federal funding.

– Set a July 7 date to review bids received for the 2014 street resurfacing project estimated to cost $1.2 million.

– Approved the second readings of ordinances linking sanitation collection fees and sanitary sewer fees to the consumer price index.