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Open Records Policy

COVID-19 UPDATE:  Instead of the mandatory three-day period in which to respond and produce public records requested under the Kentucky Open Records Act, cities temporarily have 10 days in which to respond and produce requested records. During the state of emergency, cities can delay in-person inspection of public records. These temporary exceptions to the open records act are in addition to any justification that a city may have for postponing the production of records caused by the city’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  For full details, download Senate Bill 150 (PDF).

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In order to comply with the Open Records Act contained in Chapter 61 of the Kentucky Revised Statutes, the following rules and regulations shall be followed by the City of Hopkinsville: 

I.          All requests for inspection of public records of the City of Hopkinsville must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office, 715 S. Virginia Street, Hopkinsville, KY  42240.  Requests may be sent by mail or by fax to (270) 632-2056.  Requests for City of Hopkinsville records sent to any other office of the City must be forwarded to the City Clerk’s Office immediately.

            The request must be in writing and include the following information:

1.   Name, mailing address and telephone number of the individual requesting to inspect the records. 

2.   The specific record(s) the requestor wishes to inspect or to receive a copy of. 

3.   Whether the records are requested for commercial or noncommercial use.  If requested for commercial use, a certified statement stating the commercial purpose for which the records will be used.  (A form is attached to aid citizens in making their request and also for City Departments to give out in response to requests.) 

II.         The Office of the City Clerk is the official custodian of all records of the City of Hopkinsville.  Office hours normally are from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., local time, Monday through Friday, except for recognized holidays and other times as may be established by the City Clerk for the efficient operation of the City Clerk’s Office. 

1.         Upon receipt of a written request, the City Clerk’s Office will respond within three working days.  If the records requested are open for public disclosure the City will either provide copies of the requested records or set a time when a requestor may inspect the requested records.  If the set time is not convenient for the requestor, the City Clerk’s Office will attempt to coordinate a new inspection time convenient to all parties, but it may exceed three working days.  If the requested record is not open for public disclosure the City will notify the requestor and provide the exception to the Open Records Act under which the request falls.

2.         For public records requested in standard format for noncommercial purposes, the City Clerk may, at his discretion, charge 10 cents per page for photocopied material.  If the requested information is in electronic format the cost of the media and any mechanical processing may be charged.  Additionally, the City Clerk may charge postage fees.  The City will not charge for staff time required to reproduce records for noncommercial use.  Any fees shall be paid before copies are made.

3.         For public records requested for commercial purposes, the City may require the requestor to enter into a contract which will include the fees charged by the City.  The City will charge staff time required to produce copies of the records.  Any fees shall be paid before copies are made. 

III.        The City Clerk shall make every effort to be as responsive as possible to the public regarding access to City records.  For that reason, the City Clerk’s Office requires the cooperation of all departments and offices of City government.  Failure of any employee to cooperate shall be viewed as a direct violation of the City’s Personnel Policies and the employee shall be subject to the disciplinary actions set forth in those Policies. 

IV.        Certain records are not public records.  Those which are not public are specified in federal and state law or rulings of the Attorney General or Courts.  The City of Hopkinsville will not make those exempted records available for public inspection.