Access to information concerning the people’s business is a right of every person in this state. Records of Norwich Township, which are not exempt from disclosure, are available for inspection and copying in accordance with Ohio’s Public Records Act.
It is within your rights not to:
- Disclose your identity
- Provide our office with a written request
- Provide a reason why you have requested these records
If you wish to view public records at our office, we will make them available to you promptly. In most cases, eligible public records may be viewed during regular business hours (Monday - Friday, 8:00AM – 4:30PM). If you wish to receive copies of records, we will provide them within a reasonable period of time. “Prompt” and “reasonable” take into account the volume of the records requested; the proximity of the location where the records are stored; and the necessity for any legal review of the records requested.
Once we have received your request for copies, we will provide our response or acknowledge your request and provide you with the following:
- an estimate of when you should expect our response
- an estimated cost
- any items that we expect may be exempt from disclosure
If we determine that our response will take longer than initially estimated, we will inform you of this change.
If any portion of your request must be denied because the records are exempt from disclosure under Ohio law, we will inform you which records you have requested are not subject to disclosure or indicate which portions of the record have been redacted. In addition, we will provide you with the legal authority upon which we have denied your request. Please note that if we have denied your request because it is overbroad, ambiguous, or doesn’t reasonably identify our records, we will provide you with information about how our records are maintained so you may revise your request.
A fee for copies of public records will be charged to cover the direct costs of duplications incurred by Norwich Township. As of January 1, 2012, fees are $0.15 per page over 10 pages for black and white copies, $1.00 per page for color copies or photos, $1.50 for each DVD, CD, or cassette tape. In addition, the actual cost of postage or other delivery charges may be assessed. We may require pre-payment of fees prior to processing your request.
Click here to view the entire Norwich Township Public Records Policy (Resolution # 121120.03).