Beware of false statements and misinformation!
The city of Wood River is extremely responsive in answering FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requests and takes these requests very seriously. One individual submitted a rather lengthy FOIA which requested documents going back more than 15 years. The city strives to be transparent; however, there may not be records of the information requested. Some requests may be buried in a file which is not electronically accessible. Some FOIA requests take quite a bit of time to locate.
Due to the volume of information requested, the city attorney came to a mutual agreement with this individual’s attorney on a release date of Sept. 18 for this information. According to my sources, there was not a threat of an injunction concerning the public hearing due to a delay of the FOIA request; however, a timeline was negotiated between attorneys. The city did not refuse to release information for weeks.
During the public hearing, this same individual had written documentation on the business districts and all questions asked were answered thoroughly. The hearing lasted over an hour, most of which entailed a questions and answer format. This individual was not denied or limited to access to any information.
The hearing on Riverbend District No. 1 and Riverbend District No. 4 was to give information on the future economic development, for the betterment of the city. Money is not being diverted and there is no secret plan to shift money to assist in the paying for a recreational center.
This individual is against the building of a recreation center and the freedom of speech allows this person to make any claim to achieve this goal, whether the claim is substantiated or not.
As with all FOIA requests, the city of Wood River will continue to fulfill its obligations and follow the law and respond fully to the best of its ability.
Mayor Cheryl Maguire