Right To Know
What information is public information?
In accordance with the Pennsylvania Right-To-Know Act (Act 3 of 2008), all records maintained by the Borough of Tionesta are public records, unless the records are (a) specifically exempted by Section 708 of Act 3, (b) exempted by another state or Federal law, and/or (c) exempted by a judicial decree or order.
How do I request public information?
To request a public record complete a Right-To-Know Request Form and submit this form to the Borough’s Open Records Officer. Requests for information also may be directed to the Open Records Officer via e-mail, fax or telephone, or the request may be delivered to the Municipal Building. But please note: while the Borough may fill anonymous or verbal requests for information, relief and remedies under the Act are available to only to persons submitting a written request for information.
Who is the Open Records Officer for the Borough of Tionesta?
The Open Records Officer for the Borough of Tionesta is the Borough Administrator/Secretary Colleen M. Call. She may be contacted as follows:
Colleen M. Call
631 Elm Street
PO Box 408
Tionesta, PA 16353
What happens after I submit a request for public information?
All requests for information are filled in accordance with the Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Act (Act 3 of 2008). Most notably, a response to each request will be provided within five (5) business days of the filing of the request. If a request is denied by the Open Records Officer, a reason(s) for the denial will be provided, with information on how to appeal the decision of the Open Records Officer.
Does the Borough charge a fee for this service?
The Borough does not charge a fee to locate the public information (i.e., employee time), but the Borough does charge a nominal duplication fee as approved by the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records. In addition, the Borough charges actual postage fees if the public information is mailed to the requestor. Per the Act, the Borough reserves the right to require pre-payment of fees when fees are estimated to exceed $100.00, and the Borough reserves the right to waive any fee.
How do I appeal a decision of the Open Records Officer?
An appeal of the decision of the Open Records Officer must be filed with the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records within fifteen (15) business days of the date of denial. All appeals may be forwarded to:
Pennsylvania Office of Open Records
Commonwealth Keystone Building
400 North Street, Plaza Level
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225
The Office of Open Records may be contacted by telephone at 717-346-9903, or by e-mail at OpenRecords@state.pa.us.