Typically, we must respond to any public records request within five days. However, Gov. Jay Inslee’s emergency COVID-19 proclamation waives this requirement. Therefore, during this pandemic, when we receive a public information request, we will attempt to respond within five days. However, since we are obeying the Governor’s order to stay home and stay safe, no one is physically at the Vera Water and Power office to search for written records. Those responses will be delayed until the emergency order has expired.
Under normal circumstances public records are available for inspection and copying during normal business hours of the district, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding legal holidays, at 601 N. Evergreen Rd. Records must be inspected at the offices of the district.
We are currently under emergency orders. Until the Governor’s order is suspended, in-person access to our records are suspended.
The district finds that maintaining an index of all existing district records would be unduly burdensome and would interfere with the district operations due to the nature of the district’s work, relatively small number of staff, and the historic organization of the district’s records. The classification of the district’s documents, the ease of access based on the type of document, and the substantial additional costs to the district’s customers if an extensive cross reference index was developed, does not justify the implementation of an index system.