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Cape Gazette Nl:WS FRIDAY, APRIL 11- MONDAY, APRIL 14, 2014 | i League: Sussex should hire planner, implement fees By Run MacArthur sex County Observer Corps have ronm@capegazette.com been attending county meetings and filing reports on what they For five years, members of the see and hear. And each year, the League ofWomenVoters of Sus- :league presents a report on the FOIA Continued from page 10 of documents are waived. He said most requests are answered within three days. In addition, he said, many records are already available on the county's website. "We maintain a detailed log- ging and tracking of all FOIA requests for accountability pur- poses, per state law and policy requirements," Guy said. County Administrator Todd Lawson said the presentation helped to validate the county's policy. "We have emphasized placing as much online as we can to make it easy for the pub- lic to review what we are doing including agendas, minutes, packets, audio, budgets and ven- dor payments," Lawson said. "We will continue to strive to add more documents to the county's website to reduce the burden on staff and to add to public convenience." Lawson said record collec- tion and retention of records is one area the county needs to improve. "To me, the county has done a lot to remain compliant with FOIA, and we continue to im- prove," he said. findings. In this year's report, the league is asking the county to hire a certified land-use planner, de- velop more sustainable sources of income, require developers to pay for infrastructure and limit development in environmentally critical areas. The most recent report - compiled by corps coordinator Carole Somers - was presented by League President Jane Lord during the April 1 county council FOLLOWING FOIA Meetings are defined as formal or informal gatherings of a quorum of any public body discussing or taking action on public business. Regular meetings must be posted seven days in advance in a conspicuous place. Staib said the posting should be on a door in the building where the meeting takes place. There are stipulations for emergency meetings and changes to an agenda. Postings must include an agenda, meeting time, date and place. Staib said agenda items usually do not include enough informa- tion. He said discussions on items not on an agenda should be shut down immediately. Minutes must be taken even if a meeting is recorded. Staib said minutes should be as detailed as possible. Some meetings - executive sessions - can be closed to the public: Strategy sessions for collective bargaining, pending or potential litigation, personnel matters and land purchases. Minutes must be taken but can be withheld for as long as the matters discussed remain confidential or privileged, Staib said. Sussex County's FOIA policy: http://www.sussexcountyde.gov/ sites/ default/files/PDFs/SussexCounty_FOIA Policy.pdf FOtA request form: https://www.sussexcountyde.gov/freedom- information-act , : photographer meeting. Lord presented the re- port covering three areas: water problems; planning; and right to know/public participation. Right to know: The report noted that council members contin- ue to participate in conduct in conflict with the county's rules of procedure by failing to as for recognition by the counc: president, participating in sid conversations, interrupting on another and talking over on another. Continued on page 1! SPRING IRRIGATION SPECIAL LET US PROFESSIONALLY START-UP, FINE-TUNE & SET-UP YOUR SYSTEM LAUREL GARDENS IRRIGATION, LLC (a full-service landscape/irrigation contractor) Call us today for a free quote! 302-854-9066 Georgetown, DE Has a large selection of 2014 Honda vehicles worth checking out NEW VEHICLES IN ST OCKI" SPRING SALES EVENT NOW ( A U T'O M 0 T I V E G R O U P Honda 302.734.1:000 4567 S. DuPont Hwy. (Rte. 13) Dover, DE 19901 pricehonda.com