Posted by Jim IL on April 17, 1999 at 13:40:34:
That means the "Freedom of Information Act."
Just goto your City or village hall and request to see the ordinance book, or codes book. You, as a citizen have the right to see any and all records, laws and other information available. since the “codes officer” was referring to such codes, they must exist. (or he/she was wrong)
You may try to simply go and ask for the pertinent code information first. In my town, all I have to do is go talk to the nice ladies at the village hall, and they find the book and let me read it. When I find what I’m looking for, if I want a copy, they xerox it for me, and I pay $.05/page.
but, if they are relectunt for whatever reason, you can file a F.O.I.A request and they HAVE to give you the info.
Just be nice, and proffesional, and I’m sure they will be helpful. Also, maybe talk the Codes Dept. or head officer, since this was an assistant you talked to at the park. Just tell them that you want to make sure your park complies and to maintain a good relationship with the city.
Once they hear these words, they are usually more receptive.
I hope this helps,
P.S. If there are codes that need to be followed, do that. but, if they seem outrageous to you, you can also file with the city and ask for a “Variance” or whatever. Remember that everything is negotiable to a point.