Economic Development Authority
Middlesex County Economic Development Authority (EDA) is working to foster economic diversity in our area and create opportunities for business. As members of the EDA, we are all participants in various aspects of Middlesex County and seriously believe that our community can provide many, if not all, those important attributes you may be looking for to improve your bottom line:
With 135 miles of shoreline, a current population of approximately 10,000 full time residents and a history that goes back to the 1600's, we extend an invitation to visit our community. Please e-mail or call (804) 654-1363 Michelle Brown, Middlesex County Economic Development and Tourism Coordinator, for additional information on Middlesex County, Virginia or the name of a contact on the Middlesex EDA.
Jun 25, 2018 by Glenn Nix
September 1, 2017 by Glenn Nix
Rights & Responsibilities:
The Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), located § 2.2-3700 et seq. of the Code of Virginia, guarantees citizens of the Commonwealth and representatives of the media access to public records held by public bodies, public officials, and public employees.
Pursuant to Virginia Code Section 2.2-3704.1(B) the below link is for the FOIA Council’s Public Comment Form.
FOIA Council’s Public Comment Form
The County of Middlesex Responsibilities in Responding to Your Request
• The County of Middlesex must respond to your request within five working days of receiving it. "Day One" is considered the day after your request is received. The five-day period does not include weekends or holidays.
• FOIA requires that the County of Middlesex make one of the following responses to your request within the five-day time period:
1) We provide you with the records that you have requested in their entirety.
2) We withhold all of the records that you have requested, because all of the records are subject to a specific statutory exemption. If all of the records are being withheld, we must send you a response in writing. That writing must identify the volume and subject matter of the records being withheld, and state the specific section of the Code of Virginia that allows us to withhold the records.
3) We provide some of the records that you have requested, but withhold other records. We cannot withhold an entire record if only a portion of it is subject to an exemption. In that instance, we may redact the portion of the record that may be withheld, and must provide you with the remainder of the record. We must provide you with a written response stating the specific section of the Code of Virginia that allows portions of the requested records to be withheld.
4) We inform you in writing that the requested records cannot be found or do not exist (we do not have the records you want). However, if we know that another public body has the requested records, we must include contact information for the other public body in our response to you.
5) If it is practically impossible for the County of Middlesex to respond to your request within the five-day period, we must state this in writing, explaining the conditions that make the response impossible. This will allow us seven additional working days to respond to your request, giving us a total of 12 working days to respond to your request.
• If you make a request for a very large number of records, and we feel that we cannot provide the records to you within 12 working days without disrupting our other organizational responsibilities, we may petition the court for additional time to respond to your request. However, FOIA requires that we make a reasonable effort to reach an agreement with you concerning the production or the records before we go to court to ask for more time.
A public body may make reasonable charges not to exceed its actual cost incurred in accessing, duplicating, supplying, or searching for the requested records. No public body shall impose any extraneous, intermediary, or surplus fees or expenses to recoup the general costs associated with creating or maintaining records or transacting the general business of the public body. Any duplicating fee charged by a public body shall not exceed the actual cost of duplication. All charges for the supplying of requested records shall be estimated in advance at the request of the citizen as set forth in subsection F of § 2.2-3704 of the Code of Virginia.
• You may have to pay for the records that you request from the County of Middlesex. FOIA allows us to charge for the actual costs of responding to FOIA requests. This would include items like staff time spent searching for the requested records, copying costs, or any other costs directly related to supplying the requested records. It cannot include general overhead costs.
• If we estimate that it will cost more than $200 to respond to your request, we may require you to pay a deposit, not to exceed the amount of the estimate, before proceeding with your request. The five days that we have to respond to your request does not include the time between when we ask for a deposit and when you respond.
• You may request that we estimate in advance the charges for supplying the records that you have requested. This will allow you to know about any costs upfront, or give you the opportunity to modify your request in an attempt to lower the estimated costs.
• If you owe us money from a previous FOIA request that has remained unpaid for more than 30 days, the County of Middlesex may require payment of the past-due bill before it will respond to your new FOIA request.
Types of records
The following is a general description of the types of records held by the County of Middlesex:
• Personnel records concerning employees and officials of the County of Middlesex
• Records of contracts which the County of Middlesex has entered into
• General administrative records
• Land use records
If you are unsure whether the County of Middlesex has the record(s) you seek, please contact the County Administrators office directly at (804) 758-4330 phone, or (804) 758-0061 fax or in person at 877 general Puller Hwy, Saluda, VA . 23149
Commonly used exemptions
The Code of Virginia allows any public body to withhold certain records from public disclosure. The County of Middlesex commonly withholds records subject to the following exemptions:
The County does not have a written policy regarding statutory exemptions. It is the general policy of Middlesex County to invoke exemptions to protect employee privacy, citizen privacy, confidentiality, negotiation/bargaining position, investigations and legally privileged materials. Exemptions are exercised on a case by case basis.