City of Parkville, MO
Platte County
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Section 103.010 Definitions.

[Ord. No. 1324 §1, 9-1-1992]
As used in this Chapter, unless the context indicates otherwise, the following terms mean:
CLOSED MEETING, CLOSED RECORD OR CLOSED VOTE
Any meeting, record or vote closed to the public.
PUBLIC GOVERNMENTAL BODY
The Board of Aldermen of the City of Parkville, or any legislative, administrative governmental entity created by order or ordinance of the Board of Aldermen, including any body, agency, board, bureau, council, commission, or committee.
PUBLIC MEETING
Any meeting of a public governmental body subject to this Chapter at which any public business is discussed, decided, or public policy formulated. The term "public meeting" shall not include an informal gathering of members of a public governmental body for ministerial or social purposes when there is no intent to avoid the purposes of State Law.
PUBLIC RECORD
Any record retained by or of any public governmental body including any report, survey, memorandum, or other document or study prepared and presented to the public governmental body by a consultant or other professional service paid for in whole or in part by public funds except as provided in Section 103.030.
PUBLIC VOTE
Any vote cast at any public meeting of any public governmental body.

Section 103.020 Public Meetings Notice Requirements.

[Ord. No. 1324 §2, 9-1-1992]
A. 
All public governmental bodies shall give notice of the time, date, and place of each meeting, and its tentative agenda if available, in a manner reasonably calculated to apprise the public of that information. Reasonable notice shall include making available copies of the notice to any representative of the news media who requests notice of a particular meeting and posting the notice on a bulletin board or other prominent place at City Hall.
B. 
Notice conforming with all the requirements of Subsection (A) shall be given at least twenty-four (24) hours prior to the commencement of any meeting of a governmental body unless for good cause such notice is impossible or impractical, in which case as much notice as is reasonably possible shall be given. Each meeting shall be held at a place reasonably accessible to the public, and at a time reasonably convenient to the public, unless for good cause such a place or time is impossible or impractical. Every reasonable effort shall be made to grant special access to the meeting to handicapped or disabled individuals.
C. 
When it is necessary to hold a meeting on less than twenty-four (24) hours' notice, or at a place that is not reasonably accessible to the public, or at a time that is not reasonably convenient to the public, the nature of the good cause justifying that departure from the normal requirements shall be stated in the minutes.
D. 
A formally constituted sub-unit of a parent governmental body may conduct a meeting without notice as required by this Section during a lawful meeting of the parent governmental body, a recess in that meeting, or immediately following that meeting, if the meeting of the sub-unit is publicly announced at the parent meeting and the subject of the meeting reasonably coincides with subjects discussed or acted upon by the parent governmental body.

Section 103.030 Closure To The Public of Certain Meetings, Records and Votes.

[Ord. No. 1324 §3, 9-1-1992]
A. 
Except to the extent disclosure is otherwise required by law, and subject to additional actions on the part of the City of Parkville, as may be required by law, all meetings, records and votes of the City of Parkville or its governmental bodies are closed to the public to the extent they relate to the following:
1. 
Legal actions, causes of action or litigation involving the City of Parkville or any public governmental body of the City and any confidential or privileged communications between the City and its public governmental bodies or their representatives and their attorneys. However, any vote relating to litigation involving the City or its public governmental bodies shall be made public upon final disposition of the matter voted on, provided, however, in matters involving the exercise of the power of eminent domain, the vote shall be announced or become public immediately following the action on the motion to authorize institution of such legal action. Legal work product shall be considered a closed record.
2. 
Leasing, purchase or sale of real estate by the City of Parkville or its public governmental bodies where public knowledge of the transaction might adversely affect the legal consideration therefor. However, any vote or public record approving a contract relating to the leasing, purchase or sale of real estate by the City or its public governmental bodies shall be made public upon execution of the lease, purchase or sale of the real estate.
3. 
Hiring, firing, disciplining or promoting an employee of the City of Parkville. However, any vote on a final decision, when taken by a public governmental body, to hire, fire, promote or discipline an employee of a public governmental body must be made available to the public within seventy-two (72) hours of the close of the meeting where such action occurs, provided however, that any employee so affected shall be entitled to prompt notice before such decision is made available to the public.
4. 
Nonjudicial mental or physical health proceedings, involving identifiable persons, including medical, psychiatric, psychological, or alcoholism or drug dependence diagnosis or treatment.
5. 
Testing and examination materials, before the test or examination is given, or if it is to be given again, before it is given again.
6. 
Preparation, including any discussions or work product, on behalf of the City of Parkville or its public governmental bodies or their representatives, for negotiations with employee groups.
7. 
Software codes for electronic data processing and documentation thereof.
8. 
Specifications for competitive bidding, until either the specifications are officially approved by the City of Parkville or its public governmental bodies or the specifications are published for bid.
9. 
Sealed bids and related documents, until the earlier of
a. 
When the bids are opened;
b. 
All bids are accepted; or
c. 
All bids are rejected.
10. 
Individually identifiable personnel records, performance ratings, or records pertaining to employees or applicants for employment, except that this exemption shall not apply to the names, positions, salary ranges and lengths of service of officers and employees of the City of Parkville and its public governmental bodies, once they are employed as such.
a. 
Any and all records of any internal police investigation leading to the hiring, firing or disciplining of any employee of the City of Parkville, and any and all records of any internal police investigation which was undertaken with the possibility that such action might be taken shall be considered personnel records. These records shall be closed to any but authorized officials.
b. 
All other personnel records pertaining to any City of Parkville employee are closed to any but authorized Officials and the City's designated records custodian, with the exception that any employee, while still employed, may review his personnel file while in the company of the City's designated records custodian, and with the further exception that the following facts are public information and shall be released upon request: Name, position, salary and length of service of officers and employees of the City.
11. 
Records which are protected from disclosure by law.
12. 
Meetings and public records relating to scientific and technological innovations in which the public governmental body as owner has a proprietary interest.

Section 103.040 Requirements For Holding A Closed Meeting.

[Ord. No. 1324 §4, 9-1-1992]
A. 
Except as set forth in Subsection (B) of this Section, no meeting or vote may be closed without an affirmative public vote of the majority of a quorum of the public governmental body. The vote of each member of the public governmental body on the question of closing a public meeting or vote and the specific reason for closing that public meeting or vote by reference to a specific Section of this Chapter shall be announced publicly at an open meeting of the governmental body and entered into the minutes.
B. 
A public governmental body proposing to hold a closed meeting or vote shall give notice of the time, date and place of such closed meeting or vote and the reason for holding it by reference to the specific exception allowed under the provisions of Section 103.030. Such notice shall comply with the procedures set forth in Section 103.020 for notice of a public meeting.
C. 
Any meeting or vote closed pursuant to Section 103.030 shall be closed only to the extent necessary for the specific reason announced to justify the closed meeting or vote. Public governmental bodies shall not discuss any business in a closed meeting, record or vote which does not directly relate to the specific reason announced to justify the closed meeting or vote.
D. 
Public records shall be presumed to be open unless otherwise closed under the provisions of Section 103.030.

Section 103.050 Custodian Appointed.

[Ord. No. 1324 §5, 9-1-1992]
The City Clerk is hereby appointed as the custodian of records and is to be responsible for the maintenance of all records of the City and all records of the City's public governmental bodies. The custodian is authorized to appoint assistant custodians to aid in the performance of the custodian's duties, as established by State law, City ordinance, and City policies which govern access to, and maintenance of, public records, meetings, or votes.

Section 103.060 Access To Public Records Requirements.

[Ord. No. 1324 §6, 9-1-1992]
A. 
The City of Parkville shall make available for inspection and copying by the public that body's public records. No person shall remove original public records from the City of Parkville or its custodian without written permission of the designated custodian.
B. 
Each request for access to a public record shall be acted upon as soon as possible, but in no event later than the end of the third (3rd) business day following the date the request is received by the custodian of records of the City of Parkville. If access to the public record is not granted immediately, the custodian shall give a detailed explanation of the cause for further delay and the place and earliest time and date that the record will be available for inspection. This period for document production may exceed three (3) days for reasonable cause.
C. 
If a request for access is denied, the custodian shall provide, upon written request, a written statement of the grounds for such denial. Such statement shall cite the specific provision of law under which access is denied and shall be furnished to the person making the request no later than the end of the third (3rd) business day following the date that the written request for the statement is received.

Section 103.070 Reasonable Fees For Providing Access To or Furnishing Copies of Public Records Subject To The Following.

[Ord. No. 1324 §7, 9-1-1992]
Fees for copying public records shall not exceed the actual cost of document search and duplication. Documents may be furnished without charge or at a reduced charge when the City of Parkville determines that waiver or reduction of the fee is in the public interest because it is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding or the operations or activities of the City of Parkville and is not primarily in the commercial interest of the person making the request.

Section 103.080 Reasonable Fees Established For Providing Copies of Public Records.

[Ord. No. 1324 §8, 9-1-1992]
Should a person authorized by State Law wish to obtain access to the City of Parkville's records or request photocopies of public records, there is hereby established a photocopying fee of twenty-five cents ($0.25) per page, in accordance with State Law. Payment of such copying fees may be requested in advance. All monies received by the City of Parkville and its public governmental bodies will be paid over to the City Collector to be deposited in the City's General Fund.