Iowa Public Information Board – Alleged Violation of Iowa Code Chapter 22 – City of Ames, IA – #001

01 March 2022

MEMORANDUM

From: Michael J. Merritt
PO BOX 294
Newton, IA 50208
(515)-446-8993
USN, Retired//Writer

To: Iowa Public Information Board
Wallace Building
502 East 9th St.
Des Moines, Iowa 50319

Info: John Haila
PO Box 811
515 Clark Avenue
Ames, IA 50010

Geoff Huff
515 Clark Avenue
Ames, IA 50010

Subj: IOWA PUBLIC INFORMATION BOARD – ALLEGED VIOLATION OF IOWA CODE CHAPTER 22 – CITY OF AMES, IA- #001

Ref: 1. Iowa Code Chapter 22 – Examination of Public Records
2. Iowa Code Chapter 23 – Public Access to Government Information
3. Freedom of Information Request to the City of Ames, Iowa – #001, 29 NOV 2021
4. Freedom of Information Status Request to the City of Ames, IA – #001
5. Electronic Service of Reference (4.) IAW Iowa Code Chapter 22.4 Public Records Request, 15 FEB 2022

1. Iowa Code Allegedly Violated

Iowa Code Chapter 22 – Examination of Public Records

2. Alleged Violation Background

Time: 12:00 AM Central Standard Time
Date: 01 March 2022
Place: Location of Records: City of Ames, IA/Origination of Request: Newton, IA

3. Name of Government Entity Involved

City of Ames, IA

4. Name of Government Employees/Officials Involved

Municipal Employee Responsible for managing the distribution of First Class United States Postal Service Mail at the following addresses:

PO Box 811
515 Clark Avenue
Ames, IA 50010

515 Clark Avenue
Ames, IA 50010

Municipal Employee Appointed to manage electronic mail address: john.haila@cityofames.org

Municipal Employee Appointed to manage electronic mail address: geoff.huff@cityofames.org

5. Other Persons Having Information and their Contact Information

None Available/Known

6. Description of Alleged Violation

The City of Ames, IA has failed to communicate a response or provide records in response to Reference (3.) or (4.). Reference (3.) was sent to the City of Ames, IA via United States Postal Service First Class Mail. Reference (4.) was sent to the City of Ames, IA via electronic mail as shown in Reference (5.).

7. Proposed Actions to be Taken

The originator of this correspondence and all referenced requests for records in accordance with Iowa Code Chapter 22 is requesting assistance from the Iowa Public Information Board in ascertaining the delay in providing a response or the requested documents by the City of Ames, IA.

As a twenty-year United States Navy Veteran, Cryptologist, and Information Systems Technician responsible for leading personnel in their execution of processing, distributing, and releasing classified message traffic to authorized users in joint and allied tactical environments. The author of this memorandum is intrigued regarding the excessive delay of the City of Ames, IA’s response to a request for records in accordance with Iowa Code Chapter 22.

Respectfully,

Michael J. Merritt
PO BOX 294
Newton, IA 50208
(515)-446-8993
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