FOIA

 

Dunlap Public Library District

The Illinois Freedom of Information Act Policy for FY2015

Amended January 26, 2015

I.   A brief description of our public body is as follows[1]:

A.  Our purpose is to provide materials and services for the recreational, social, informational, and educational needs of the community.

B.   An organizational chart is attached.

  1. The total amount of our operating budget for FY 2013-14 was:  $632,620.00

Approximate FY 2014-15 is:      $632,200.00

Funding sources are property and personal property replacement taxes, bond receipts, state and federal grants, other grants, fines, charges, and donations[2]. Tax levies are[3]:

1.   Corporate purposes (for general operating expenditures)

2.   IMRF (provides for employee’s retirement and related expenses)

3.   Social Security (provides for employee’s FICA costs and related expenses)

4.   Audit (for annual audit and related expenses)

5.   Maintenance (for maintaining the building)

6.    Tort Liability (for insurance premiums, risk management, attorney’s fees and related expenses, unemployment and worker’s compensation insurance)

7.    Working Cash (for internal loans)

8.   Debt Service (for bond and interest payments)

D.  The office is located at this address: 302 S. First St.  Dunlap, IL 61525

E.   We have approximately the following number of persons employed:

1.         Full-time          4

2.         Part-time         12

F.   The following organization exercises control over our policies and procedures: Dunlap Public Library District Board of Trustees, which meets monthly on the 4th Monday of each month, 7 p.m., at the library.

Its members are: James Emanuels, President; Robert Anderson, Vice President; Angie Dhall, Secretary; Eric Holshouser, Treasurer; Brian Puetz, Brenda Christen, and Beth Christensen.

G.   The following organization operates in an advisory capacity regarding our operation: Kavanagh, Scully, Sudow, White, Frederick, P.C. Its members are: Phil Lenzini.

H.  We are required to report and be answerable for our operations to:

Illinois State Library, Springfield, Illinois. Its members are: State Librarian, Jesse White (Secretary of State); Director of State Library, Anne Craig; and various other staff.

II.   You may request the information and the records available to the public in the following manner:

  1. Use request form (see attached).
  2. Your request should be directed to the following individual: Angie Dhall or Brock Peoples, FOIA officer[4].
  3. You must indicate whether you have a “commercial purpose”[5] in your request.[6]
  4. You must specify the records requested to be disclosed for inspection or to be copied. If you desire that any records be certified, you must specify which ones.
  5. To reimburse us our actual costs for reproducing and certifying (if requested) the records, you will be charged the following fees:

There is a $1.00 charge for each certification of records.

There is no charge for the first fifty (50) pages of black and white text either letter or legal size;

There is a $.15 per page charge for copied records in excess of 50 pages;

The actual copying cost of color copies and other sized copies will be charged.

  1. If the records are kept in electronic format, you may request a specific format and if feasible, they will be so provided, but if not, they will be provided either in the electronic format in which they are kept (and you would be required to pay the actual cost of the medium only, i.e. disc, diskette, tape, etc.) or in paper as you select.
  2. The office will respond to a written request within five (5) working days or sooner if possible. An extension of an additional five (5) working days may be necessary to properly respond.
  3. Records may be inspected or copied. If inspected, an employee must be present throughout the inspection.
  4. The place and times where the records will be available are as follows:

Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Dunlap Public Library, Administrative Offices

III.       Certain types of information maintained by us are exempt from inspection and copying. However, the following types or categories of records are maintained under our control.

A.        Monthly Financial Statements

B.         Annual Receipts and Disbursements Reports

C.         Budget and Appropriation Ordinances

D.        Levy Ordinances

E.         Operating Budgets

F.         Annual Audits

G.         Minutes of the Board of Library Trustees

H.        Library Policies, including Materials Selection

I.          Adopted Ordinances and Resolutions of the Board

J.          Annual Reports to the Illinois State Library

 

[1] If the public body maintains a website, the information in Section I must be posted there as well.

[2] P.A. 96-542 requires the FOIA designated officer(s), and there can be multiples, must be “trained” with the on-line training program to be developed by the Illinois Attorney General’s office and tested as well, within the first six months of the effective date which is January 1, 2010 (i.e. training and testing by July 1, 2010) AND annually thereafter, and within 30 days of any new appointment.

[3] “Commercial purpose” is defined in the Act as “the use of any part of a public record or records, or information derived from public records, in any form for sale, resale, or solicitation or advertisement for sales or services.”  However, there are exceptions for news media, non-profits, scientific and academic organizations for disseminate news, articles or opinions of public interest, or research or education.

[4] In the event a “commercial interest” is involved, additional questions can be asked of the requestor by the public body FOIA officer in order to determine the classification, then the public body has up to 21 days to respond and either deny the request based on exemptions or undue burden; or estimate the time and cost of the copying fro prepayment; or provide the documents requested.

Requests should be addressed to FOIA Officers Brock Peoples or Angie Dhall. To download a FOIA Request form, please click here.

To download the Dunlap Public Library District organization chart, please click here.

The Illinois Freedom of Information Act Policy for FY2016

I.   A brief description of our public body is as follows[1]:

A.  Our purpose is to provide materials and services for the recreational, social, informational, and educational needs of the community.

B.   An organizational chart is attached.

  1. The total amount of our operating budget for FY 2014-15 was:  $632,200.00

Approximate FY 2015-16 is:      $676,085.00

Funding sources are property and personal property replacement taxes, bond receipts, state and federal grants, other grants, fines, charges, and donations[2]. Tax levies are[3]:

1.   Corporate purposes (for general operating expenditures)

2.   IMRF (provides for employee’s retirement and related expenses)

3.   Social Security (provides for employee’s FICA costs and related expenses)

4.   Audit (for annual audit and related expenses)

5.   Maintenance (for maintaining the building)

6.    Tort Liability (for insurance premiums, risk management, attorney’s fees and related expenses, unemployment and worker’s compensation insurance)

7.    Working Cash (for internal loans)

8.   Debt Service (for bond and interest payments)

D.  The office is located at this address: 302 S. First St.  Dunlap, IL 61525

E.   We have approximately the following number of persons employed:

1.         Full-time          4

2.         Part-time         12

F.   The following organization exercises control over our policies and procedures: Dunlap Public Library District Board of Trustees, which meets monthly on the 4th Monday of each month, 7 p.m., at the library.

Its members are: Elizabeth Christensen, President; Robert Anderson, Vice President; Angie Dhall, Secretary; Eric Holshouser, Treasurer; Brenda Christian, Jeff Jensen, Brian Puetz.

G.   The following organization operates in an advisory capacity regarding our operation: Kavanagh, Scully, Sudow, White, Frederick, P.C. Its members are: Phil Lenzini.

H.  We are required to report and be answerable for our operations to:

Illinois State Library, Springfield, Illinois. Its members are: State Librarian, Jesse White (Secretary of State); Director of State Library, Anne Craig; and various other staff.

II.   You may request the information and the records available to the public in the following manner:

  1. Use request form (see attached).
  2. Your request should be directed to the following individual(s): Angie Dhall, Robert Anderson, Brian Puetz, Ashley Huffines, Kelly Kerckove, or Brock Peoples, FOIA officer[4].
  3. You must indicate whether you have a “commercial purpose”[5] in your request.[6]
  4. You must specify the records requested to be disclosed for inspection or to be copied. If you desire that any records be certified, you must specify which ones.
  5. To reimburse us our actual costs for reproducing and certifying (if requested) the records, you will be charged the following fees:

There is a $1.00 charge for each certification of records.

There is no charge for the first fifty (50) pages of black and white text either letter or legal size;

There is a $.15 per page charge for copied records in excess of 50 pages;

The actual copying cost of color copies and other sized copies will be charged.

  1. If the records are kept in electronic format, you may request a specific format and if feasible, they will be so provided, but if not, they will be provided either in the electronic format in which they are kept (and you would be required to pay the actual cost of the medium only, i.e. disc, diskette, tape, etc.) or in paper as you select.
  2. The office will respond to a written request within five (5) working days or sooner if possible. An extension of an additional five (5) working days may be necessary to properly respond.
  3. Records may be inspected or copied. If inspected, an employee must be present throughout the inspection.
  4. The place and times where the records will be available are as follows:

Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Dunlap Public Library, Administrative Offices

III.       Certain types of information maintained by us are exempt from inspection and copying. However, the following types or categories of records are maintained under our control:

A.        Monthly Financial Statements

B.         Annual Receipts and Disbursements Reports

C.         Budget and Appropriation Ordinances

D.        Levy Ordinances

E.         Operating Budgets

F.         Annual Audits

G.         Minutes of the Board of Library Trustees

H.        Library Policies, including Materials Selection

I.          Adopted Ordinances and Resolutions of the Board

J.          Annual Reports to the Illinois State Library

[1] If the public body maintains a website, the information in Section I must be posted there as well.

[2] P.A. 96-542 requires the FOIA designated officer(s), and there can be multiples, must be “trained” with the on-line training program to be developed by the Illinois Attorney General’s office and tested as well, within the first six months of the effective date which is January 1, 2010 (i.e. training and testing by July 1, 2010) AND annually thereafter, and within 30 days of any new appointment.

[3] “Commercial purpose” is defined in the Act as “the use of any part of a public record or records, or information derived from public records, in any form for sale, resale, or solicitation or advertisement for sales or services.”  However, there are exceptions for news media, non-profits, scientific and academic organizations for disseminate news, articles or opinions of public interest, or research or education.

[4] In the event a “commercial interest” is involved, additional questions can be asked of the requestor by the public body FOIA officer in order to determine the classification, then the public body has up to 21 days to respond and either deny the request based on exemptions or undue burden; or estimate the time and cost of the copying fro prepayment; or provide the documents requested.

Requests should be addressed to FOIA Officers Brock Peoples or Angie Dhall. To download a FOIA Request form, please click here.

To download the Dunlap Public Library District organization chart, please click here.