Effective Monday March 23 the Sandwich Park District office
will be closed to the public until further notice.
However our parks will remain open EXCEPT playgrounds. We will be closing our playgrounds to the public by marking them off and posting signage. This is an effort to keep people healthy and safe. We also encourage you to not gather in groups larger than ten people. The Sandwich Park District would like to thank you for your cooperation during this stressful time. We hope to be open as soon as possible. If for some reason you need to contact the Sandwich Park District you can call us at (815)786-8044 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our staff time may be limited and we will respond to you as soon as possible.
Bill Novicki, CPRP
Interim Executive Director
Sandwich Park District
Dear Sandwich Park District Participants,
With the continued threat of the COVID-19 virus, it is the responsibility of the Sandwich Park District to keep all of our participants safe. At this time Governor Pritzker ordered all Illinois Schools be closed until March 30. Sandwich School District 430 has announced schools will be closed starting Monday, March 16th through Monday, March 30th. The Sandwich Park District will follow the lead of the State of Illinois and Sandwich School District 430. We will close all Mother Goose and Pre-k Friday programs starting Monday March 16th and we will resume class on Tuesday March 31st. To ensure the safety of all participants the Sandwich Park District will also cancel/postpone the following programs:
- Softball Fundamentals – 3/14/20 (Postponed until further notice)
- Pitching Skills- 3/15/20 (Postponed until further notice)
- Meet the Coach’s Night-3/16/20 and 3/19/20 (Postponed until further notice)
- Lunch Bunch Trip (Quigley’s) – 3/19/20 (Canceled)
- Bunco- 3/25/20 (Canceled)
- Spring Break Camp- 3/23/20 - 3/27/20 (Canceled)
- Sandwich Park Foundation Gala- 3/29/20 (Postponed until further notice)
- Spring Garden Workshop- 4/4/20 (Postponed until further notice)
- Lunch Bunch Trip (Lone Buffalo)- 4/9/20 (Postponed until further notice)
- Spring Egg Hunt- 4/11/20 (Postponed until further notice)
These programs are canceled/postponed until further notice. We will contact you when and if these programs/events will resume along with the new dates. Our office will remain open at this time. This is a hard decision made by the Sandwich Park District, but we have made these decisions with the health and safety of our residents in mind. We recommend that if you feel sick or have symptoms of the flu to stay home and practice good hygiene. While we have halted our programs and events, we still encourage you to stay active during these times and find fun activities you can do in your home. Board games, video games, blanket forts, and arts and crafts are great ways to keep you active and entertained.
William Novicki, CPRP
Interim Executive Director
Sandwich Park District
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All registrations, whether, phone, fax, mail or walk-in, require a registration form and signed waiver with payment before you are enrolled in a program or trip. If you have any questions, please give us a call at 815-786-8044.
Learn More About UPCOMING Annual Gala and Awards Night
Postponed until further notice - View Above Notice
Learn About FOIA Request
Sandwich Park District FOIA Officers:
- Michael McCann
- Angela Seville
The Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) establishes the minimum rights of the public to inspect an enormously wide range of documents (5 ILCS 140, et seq.) “Public records” subject to disclosure are all records in the custody or possession of a public body. The Act does not require that a District create records to answer the requests for information. The District must merely produce the records that it possesses.
No fees may be charged for the first 50 pages of black and white letter or legal size copies. Thereafter, the fee for such formatted material shall not exceed 15 cents per page. Fees for copies in color or in other formats cannot exceed the actual costs of making the copies. Public Act 96-542 further states that when a person requests a copy of a record maintained in an electronic format, the public body shall furnish it in the electronic format specified by the requester, if feasible. A public body may charge the requestor for the active cost of purchasing the recording medium, whether disc, diskette, tape or other medium.
FOIA Request-Processing Time:
Once we have received your request, an agency must respond to a request by providing the record or issuing a letter of denial within five (5) days. A failure to respond is considered a denial of the request. The District may extend the time by not more than five (5) additional working days if it can justify the extension under one of the reasons enumerated in the Act.
The Act currently lists a substantial number of exemptions. A district denying a records request must specify which exemption listed in the Freedom of Information Act that the public body asserts authorizes the basis for denial “and “specific reasons for the denial, including a detailed factual basis and a citation to supporting legal authority”. The District must also alert a Public Access Counselor (a position established in the office of the Illinois Attorney General by Public Act 96-542) that the request will be denied. The Public Access Counselor may or may not determine that further action is warranted before the request is denied. If the request is denied, a requester who thinks that the denial constitutes a violation of the Freedom of Information Act may ask the Public Access Counselor to review the situation. At this time, the Public Access Counselor may determine that the allegation of the violation is unfounded or that further inquiry is warranted. The following is a list of exemptions that might be relevant to request made to the District: Where Prohibited by State or Federal Law –If a request would cause the District to violate state or federal law, the District may refuse to disclose on that basis.
Burdensome Categorical Requests:
Where a request is made that calls for all records falling within a generalized category, the District may object that the request is unduly burdensome for the District to comply therewith. The District must state that narrowing the request is unfeasible and that the burden on the public body outweighs the public’s interest in the information. Before the District can invoke this exemption, it must offer the requesting party the opportunity to modify its request to make it more manageable. The District has the burden to demonstrate the request is unduly burdensome.
Invasion of Personal Privacy:
Information that, if disclosed, would constitute a “clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy” is exempt from disclosure. Currently, the Act delineates several examples of such instances, including, personnel files, personal information regarding professional or occupational licenses, information regarding a taxpayer in connection with payment of taxes, information regarding the identity of an individual filing a complaint with an administrative, investigative or law enforcement agency and the names, addresses or other personal information of participants and registrants within a Park District.
How to File A FOIA Request:
Your request must be in writing and include the following information
Provide your name, address, and telephone number.
Also, if you have an email address, please provide it, so that we may contact you if we have any questions concerning your request.
Provide as much detail as possible about the records you seek. Indicate whether you are requesting the information in a form or format (such as .PDF or email attachment) other than paper.
If you are mailing the request, please mark “FOIA Request” on the outside of the envelope.
Sandwich Park District
1001 Latham Street , Sandwich, IL 60548
815.786.8044 office 815.786.6690 Fax
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