Under the Louisiana Public Records Law (LRS 44:1 et al) the public has the right to request certain public records from the Webster Parish Communications District. While most records are available, there are certain restrictions and exemptions that might preclude an immediate- if any- release of information (e.g., records related to an ongoing criminal investigation, juvenile records, etc.) Fees for records requests may be charged in accordance with LRS 44:32 and are payable by money order based on fee schedule below.
Public records in the custody of Webster Parish Communications District, and which are not in storage, are generally located at or available through the district’s administrative offices in the Webster Parish Courthouse. This office is normally open Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 4:00pm. Persons seeking public records can make a request in person during regular office hours or submit a request by mail to the following address:
Webster Parish Communications District
P.O. Box 1101
Minden, LA 71058-1101
Documents that fall under the Public Information Act are generally printed/copied and provided to the requestor at $1.00 (one dollar) per page providing that “copy exact documents” is all the preparation involved in release. Documents that require redaction prior to release are charged at $2.00 (two dollars) per page. This cost covers the costs associated with consulting with legal counsel and copying both original files and redacted copies which is outside our normal course of business.
Record requests that include audio files will be provided on CDR discs at a cost of $5.00 (five dollars) per disc to cover the cost of the creation of the record, the cost of the disc and postage. Audio requests that require redaction prior to release are charged at $10.00 (ten dollars) per disc. This cost covers the costs associated with consulting with legal counsel and copying both original files and redacted copies which is outside our normal course of business.
Record requests for unusually large number of documents that adversely affect the daily operations of the district may require researching, locating, and copying documents after normal business hours and therefore, cause overtime. Any costs of overtime will be charged and collected from the requesting individual or entity. The requestor will be notified in writing when the information will be provided and an estimated cost before completing the request.