Open Records Policy

Requests

The County of Fulton designates the Chief Clerk as the Open Records Officer. Public records will be available for inspection and copying by contacting the Chief Clerk by appointment with the exception of holidays.

Requests must be in writing and directed to the Chief Clerk, 116 West Market Street, Suite 203, McConnellsburg, PA 17233. Written requests shall be on a form provided by the County and shall include the date of the request, the name and address of the requester, and a clear description of the records sought. Click here to access the form.

Fees

Paper copies will be $0.25 per page per side. If mailing is requested, the cost of postage will be charged. If "True and Correct Certification" is requested, an additional charge of $1.00 per record will be added. The County will require prepayment if the total fees are estimated to exceed $100. No fee will be charged for redaction.

Response

The County will make a good faith effort to provide the requested public records as promptly as feasible. County employees shall cooperate with those requesting to review and/or duplicate original County documents while taking reasonable measures to protect County documents from the possibility of theft and/or modification.

The Open Records Officer shall review all written requests for access to public records. Within five business days after receiving a written request to access public records, the Open Records Officer shall respond to all such requests in a manner consistent with Act 3 of 2008, the Open Records Law.

Appeals Process

If a written request is denied or deemed denied, the requester may file exceptions with the Office of Open Records within 15 business days of the mailing date of the County's denial. Appeals should be sent to the Office of Open Records, Commonwealth Keystone Building, 400 North Street, 4th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17120. Additional information concerning appeals can be obtained at http://openrecords.state.pa.us. The exceptions shall state grounds on which the requestor asserts that the record is a public record and shall address any grounds stated by the County for denying the request.

The Office of Open Records shall make a final determination on the exceptions within 30 days of the receipt of the exceptions. The Office of Open Records may hold a hearing on the issue during the 30 days.

The requester or County may appeal a final determination to the appropriate court within 30 days of denial or final determination.