Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

FOIA Requests

The Freedom of Information Act (also referred to as FOIA) sets the requirements for the disclosure of public records.  In general, all records except those specifically cited as exceptions are covered by the FOIA.  A public body is permitted to withhold some public records under the Act.**

A FOIA request must be made in writing and provided to the FOIA coordinator.  Littlefield Township’s designated FOIA coordinator is the Township Clerk.  A FOIA coordinator may designate another individual to act on his or her behalf to accept requests for processing.

The public body must respond to a request for a public record within 5 business days. The public agency can notify the requester in writing and extend the time for an additional 10 business days.  All FOIA requests submitted should be as specific as possible.

The public body has a responsibility to provide reasonable facilities so that persons making a request may examine and take notes from public records. The facilities must be available during the normal business hours of the public body.  If any requested information is available on-line, the requestor will be directed to the appropriate page on our website.

Per the Freedom of Information Act, a public body may charge a fee for the necessary copying of a public record for inspection, or providing a copy of a public record to a requester. A public body may also charge for search, examination, and review and the separation of exempt information. The fee is limited to actual duplication, mailing, and labor costs.  Littlefield Township does charge fees for requests made to our office.  The first $20 of a fee must be waived for a person who is receiving public assistance or presents facts showing inability to pay because of indigence (must be able to prove hardship).


FOIA Coordinator
Sondra Festerling
7898 Crump Rd
Alanson, MI 49706

Phone: (231)-348-8464


FOIA Procedures and Guidelines:

FOIA Procedures and Guidelines
Public Summary of FOIA Procedures & Guidelines

FOIA Forms:

FOIA Forms Packet
FOIA Detailed Cost Itemization Form

FOIA Resources:

Michigan Attorney General –  FOIA Booklet
Freedom of Information Act (Act 442 of 1976)
**FOIA – Exemptions from Disclosure