Heights Public Records Policies
The City of University Heights is committed to maintaining a high level of transparency and providing any member of the public access to public records maintained by the City. Under Iowa law, “every person [has] the right to examine and copy and to publish or otherwise disseminate public records.” The City of University Heights has developed a public records request process to assist members of the public in gaining access to public records. This page provides links to forms and documents related to the public record request process.
The City will provide up to $100.00 of City staff time for supervision or gathering records free of charge with respect to each Public Records request. If the City estimates that the cost of responding to a request will exceed $100.00, the person requesting records will be provided with an estimate of total costs, and the person must agree to pay the total costs above $100.00 associated with responding to the request (whether less than, more than, or the same as the estimate) before records will be gathered or copies will be made. If the City estimates that the cost of responding to a request will exceed $150.00, the person requesting records must pay the estimated costs above $100.00 before records will be gathered or copies will be made. If actual costs are more than the estimate, any overpayment will be refunded; if actual costs are less than the estimate, the additional amount must be paid before the records or copies will be released.
All requests should be returned to either of the above custodians of records by email or at the following address:
University Heights City Office
1004 Melrose Ave.
University Heights, IA 52246
The City of University Heights adopted these policies in response to a complaint filed with the Iowa Public Information Board. Here is the City's response to the IPIB Complaint.
In preparation for creating this policy City Council watched a powerpoint detailing Iowa Sunshine Laws.
On December 15, 2016 the IPIB dismissed the complaint filed against the City of University Heights.
Here is the IPIB Order of Dismissal.
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