Public Records Policy


WHEREAS: The premise that government at all levels exists first and foremost to serve the interests of the ​people, it is Harrison Township’s mission and intent to at all times fully comply with and abide by both the spirit and the letter of Ohio’s Open Records Act and Open Meetings, and WHEREAS: In order to accomplish the mission of fully, complying with both the letter and spirit of the Open Records and Open Meetings Acts, the Harrison Township Trustees do hereby adopt the following Harrison Township Public Records Policy.


Access to information concerning the conduct of the people’s business is a right of every person in this state. Records of Harrison Township, which are not exempt from disclosure under the law, are available for inspection and copying in accordance with the Ohio Public Records Act. Requests for records may be made during regular business hours to: Harrison Township, Attn: Fiscal Officer 3886 Outville Road Granville, Ohio 43023 (740) 927-3545

You may view the records that you have requested at all reasonable times during the regular business hours of this office. If you wish to view public records of our office, we will promptly make them available to you (R.C. 149.32(B)(1)). If you wish to receive copies of records, we will provide them within a reasonable period of time (R.C. 149.43(B)(2)). “Prompt” and “reasonable” take into account the volume of records requested; the proximity of the location where the records are stored; and the necessity for any legal review of the records requested.

Once we have received your request, we will provide our response or acknowledge your request and provide you with: an estimate of when you should expect our response, an estimated cost if copies have been requested, and the items (if any) that we expect may be exempt from disclosure. If at any time, prior to completing our response, we believe our response will take longer than initially estimated, (because of the volume of records requested, the proximity of location where the records are stored, or the complexity of the legal review) we will inform you of this change.

It is within your rights not to: Disclose your identity to Harrison Township when you request records. You will be assigned a “public request number” which will be used to track your communications with you and our response(s) to your request). Provide our office with a written request and Provide a reason why you have requested these records.

If any portion of your request for records must be denied, because the records are exempt from disclosure under the law, we will inform you which records that you have requested are not public by clearly marking the portion “redacted” or we will explain which portions of the record(s) have been redacted. In addition, we will provide you with the legal authority upon which we have relied.

Please note that if we have denied your request because it is overbroad, ambiguous, or does not reasonably identify our records, we will provide you with information about how our records are maintained and, if you wish, you may revise your request for the records.

A fee for copies of public records may be charged, which covers the direct cost of duplication incurred by Harrison Township. Currently this fee is $.05 per single sided page. In addition, the actual cost of postage or other delivery methods will be charged. We may require payment of these fees prior to processing your request.

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