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City of Weston to charge for open records requests

WESTON, W.Va. — Requesting public documents in Weston will soon carry a price tag.

Weston City Council this week unanimously passed the final reading of an ordinance allowing the city to charge a fee to recover the costs of accommodating open records requests.

“I understand the importance of being able to access information from the city building, but we have to take into account the time and effort put out by our employees,” Mayor Julia Spelsberg said.

The ordinance requires people making records requests to pay a fee equivalent to the rate of pay of the employee doing the search and records production.

Weston also will charge $1 per page for reproducing the records…

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