Resolution to records request could come next week
A resolution to a request for records made to the city of Oskaloosa by the Independent in April may be resolved next week.Councilwoman Kathy Griffin said last week at the council’s regular meeting on July 19 that she wants the issue resolved at the council’s next regular meeting Aug. 2.
Griffin said she followed through on a letter that was sent to the Independent from County Attorney Jason Belveal notifying the Independent that his office was investigating the newspaper’s request that was denied by Oskaloosa City Attorney Mike Hayes.
The copy of the letter the Independent received said the letter was also sent to Hayes’ office. However, Griffin said that Hayes told her that his office did not receive the letter and that another copy was being provided.
Griffin said she had an extensive conversation with Belveal about the matter and also consulted another attorney. She also consulted the Kansas League of Municipalities.
She said the only thing she is waiting on is Hayes to return from vacation.
“From everything I have read and from all the people I have talked too I feel confident in following through with whatever the county attorney tells us to do,” Griffin said. “We fully intend to comply once we hear back from the city (attorney).”
Griffin said she is also working on establishing an official procedure for records requests from the public.
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