Public Records

  ACCESS TO PUBLIC RECORDS & GENERAL FEES FOR OBTAINING A COPY OF RECORDS
 

The City of Onalaska is a Wisconsin municipal entity.    City of Onalaska records are accessible to the public Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m.to 4:00 p.m. In some cases, records may require retrieval and therefore may not be immediately available for inspection.

The City of Onalaska may charge reasonable copy and search fees.  The City of Onalaska charges for the cost of photocopying and/or producing electronically requested records at a rate of $0.03 per page over 100 pages.  Documents provided on a USB is at a cost of $5.00.  There will be additional charges for specialized documents, including photographs and videotapes and when searches are required. 

If the cost of locating a requested record is $50 or more, the requester shall pay the full cost, as determined by the department head. Such cost shall not exceed the actual, necessary and direct cost of locating such record. Whenever it is determined that such location costs will exceed $50, the requestor shall be required to post a deposit with the custodian that is equal to the reasonable good faith estimate of such costs.  The mailing fee will be the actual mailing cost.

All requests will be processed as soon as practicable and without delay. Please confirm the fee before you finalize your request.

 

PROCEDURES TO FOLLOW TO REQUEST COPIES OF RECORDS

1. Make your request orally or in writing to the Legal Custodian listed. If the records are not maintained by the Legal Custodian, ask the City Clerk for help in determining where that record information is kept.

2. Once contacted, the Legal Custodian will review your request to determine if the record exists. Any request for a record must reasonably describe the record or information sought. (Please note that not all record information is available for inspection or copying because access may be prohibited by state or federal law.)

3. Once your request has been reviewed, and the Legal Custodian determines existence of the record and accessibility, the Legal Custodian will provide you with a copy of the record or allow you to inspect the record, and provide a place for that review.

4. If your request is denied in whole or in part, the Legal Custodian will explain why your request cannot be granted. You may request that the reasons for denial be put in writing and given to you.

5. Please make your check payable for the exact amount to: City of Onalaska, or as otherwise indicated by the Legal Custodian.

 

CITY OF ONALASKA LEGAL CUSTODIANS OF RECORDS

The City Clerk is the legal custodian for the Common Council and for any committees, commissions, boards or other authorities created by Ordinance or Resolution of the Common Council that are not otherwise listed below.  The City Clerk is located in City Hall, 1st Floor, 415 Main Street, Onalaska, WI  54650.

Indicated below are the legal custodians of public records of the City of Onalaska.  Except as otherwise provided, members of the public may obtain information and access to the City's public records or obtain copies of these records as provided in Sec. 19.34, Wis. Stats., and the City of Onalaska Code of Ordinances, Title 4, by contact the following individuals directly:

 

The Department Heads of the following departments are the legal custodians for public records in their possession:

 

 

DEPARTMENT & related Committees

LEGALCUSTODIAN

ADDRESS

 

CITY CLERK

City Clerk

415 Main Street, Onalaska, WI  54650 (1st Fl)

 

ENGINEERING, PUBLIC WORKS (Includes Water, Sanitary Sewer, Street, Storm Water, Refuse & Recycling & Cemetery), INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & GIS

Director of Public Works

415 Main Street, Onalaska, WI  54650 (2nd Fl)

 

HUMAN RESOURCES

Human Resources Manager

415 Main Street, Onalaska, WI  54650 (1st Fl)

 

FINANCE DEPARTMENT

Financial Services Director / Treasurer

415 MainStreet, Onalaska, WI54650 (1st Fl)

 

FIRE DEPARTMENT

Fire Chief

415 Main Street, Onalaska, WI  54650 (2nd Fl)

 

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

City Attorney

415 Main Street, Onalaska, WI  54650 (1st Fl)

 

MAYOR’S OFFICE

Mayor

415 Main Street, Onalaska, WI  54650 (1st Fl)

 

MUNICIPAL COURT

Municipal Judge

415 Main Street, Onalaska, WI54650 (1st Fl)

 

PARKS & RECREATION, Building and Grounds, Omni Center

Director of Parks and Recreation

415 Main Street, Onalaska, WI54650 (2nd Fl)

 

PLANNING & ZONING, INPSECTION

Planning Manager

415 Main Street, Onalaska, WI54650 (2nd Fl)

 

POLICE DEPARTMENT

Police Chief

415 Main Street, Onalaska, WI54650 (1st Fl)

 

 

Public Records Request Form