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Board and committee meetings are open, public meetings. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Open Meetings/Open Records

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As a public agency, WaterOne follows open records and open meetings standards set by state law.

Open Meetings

Board meetings and working committee meetings are held at:

Byron N. Johnson Administrative Headquarters and Service Center
10747 Renner Boulevard
Lenexa, Kansas 66219

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. Board meetings present an opportunity for a public forum, a moment for our customers to briefly address the Board. If you choose to speak, know that the Board appreciates hearing from you and typically takes comments under advisement. If your comments require further action, the Board will often direct the appropriate staff to follow-up.

Check the calendar for upcoming board and committee dates or contact the Board.


Open Records

The Kansas Open Records Act grants the public the right to inspect and obtain copies of public records created or maintained by public agencies in Kansas.

To request a record, contact our designated Records Custodian who will help you determine whether the information that you need is available. WaterOne prefers that you submit your request in writing to better ensure that we fulfill your inquiry. 

Submit a KORA Request online

Or provide a written request, including:

  • Full name
  • Mailing address
  • Daytime phone number
  • Fax number (optional)
  • A specific description of the record(s) you are requesting.

Mail or email written requests to:

Darci Meese, Records Custodian
WaterOne
10747 Renner Blvd.
Lenexa, KS 66219
dmeese@waterone.org

Make sure your request is as specific as possible so that your request may be filled quickly and completely. The Records Custodian will respond to your request within three business days from the time the request is received. If the request is denied, you will receive a written explanation for the delay or denial.

Are there any fees?
Please keep in mind that reasonable fees, not exceeding actual cost, may be charged for access to records, copies of records, and staff time for processing your request. You may be required to show proof of identity, if requested, in order to pick up these requested records. 

What records are available?
Many records maintained by public entities are open for inspection and/or copying by individuals. Examples include regulations, board policies, minutes/records of Board meetings, and budget documents.  

What are the exceptions?
The Kansas Open Records Act recognizes that some records contain information which is private in nature. For this reason, the Act lists a number of exceptions. Records which are closed for this reason may include:

  • Personnel information of public employees
  • Medical treatment records
  • Records which are protected by the attorney-client privilege or the rules of evidence
  • Records containing personal information required for Census purposes
  • Notes and preliminary drafts
  • Criminal investigation records
  • Proprietary business information
  • Records related to security measures
  • Several other specific records

Why would my request be denied?
Although every attempt will be made to provide the information requested, it is not always possible to fulfill the request. There are a number of reasons that a request may be denied:

  • The specific record that was requested does not exist.
  • The request was unclear and should be resubmitted with more detail.
  • The record that was requested is closed to protect an important privacy interest (see list of exceptions above).

Questions?

Contact the Records Custodian at dmeese@waterone.org or 913/895-5516.

For a complete copy of the Kansas Open Records Act, go to www.kslegislature.org. The Kansas Open Records Act starts at K.S.A. 45-215.

  Open Records Request Form

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