OPMA and PRA COVID 19 Public Notice:
The Governor has amended the emergency proclamation to temporarily prohibit in-person contacts with the public that are required by the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) (RCW 42.30) and the Public Records Act (PRA) (RCW 42.56) by suspending some statutory language that would require such contacts. This proclamation also temporarily suspends the PRA’s requirements for agencies to respond to PRA requests for public records within five business days from receipt. It is effective from March 24, 2020 until midnight, April 23, 2020, unless extended beyond that date. Link to proclamation: https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/proclamations/20-28%20-%20COVID-19%20Open%20Govt%20Laws%20Waivers%20%28tmp%291.pdf
The City of Moses Lake encourages citizens to attend public meetings remotely. Remote meeting attendance can be done using any web access device or by calling the number provided on the meeting agenda.
The City will continue to process electronic records request as expeditiously as possible due to the limitations and priority of duties for essential staff.
Other in person business with the City Clerk can be done by appointment during this crisis.
The mission of the City Clerk is to serve as the City’s source for informational, historical, and legislative services for the community, public, and city staff in an efficient, effective, and friendly manner.
About the Office of the city clerk
The City Clerk is an unbiased public servant who promotes open government and transparency of information by providing a link between citizens and government. The City Clerk serves as the compliance officer for federal, state, and local statutes. This is achieved by coordinating the legislative process and managing city records with integrity, accuracy, and transparency.
Duties of the City Clerk include:
- Public Records Officer and Records Manager for the City
- Serves as a point of contact for your City Council
- Attend, record, and provide citizen support at City Council meetings
- Prepares and publishes Council Agendas
- Maintains historical records and meeting minutes
- Records, certifies and files resolutions and ordinances
- Codifies and maintains the Moses Lake Municipal Code
- Serves as liaison to Grant County Elections and Voter Registration
- Receives legal documents served on the City as a Municipal Corporation
- Facilitates Hearing Examiner Dangerous Dog Appeals (Form)
- Registered agent to receive Claims for Damages
- Responsible agent for the Official City Seal
- Performs other duties as may be required by the laws of the State or City Ordinances