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11-IB03: RE: Freedom of Information Act Complaint Against Camden-Wyoming Sewer and Water Authority


Del. Op. Atty. Gen. 11-IB03 (Del.A.G.), 2011 WL 1428938
Office of the Attorney General
State of Delaware
Opinion No. 11-IB03
March 16, 2011
RE: Freedom of Information Act Complaint Against Camden-Wyoming Sewer and Water Authority
*1 Ms. Georgette Williams
210 N. Caesar Rodney Ave.
Wyoming, DE 19934
Dear Ms. Williams:
You have requested a determination pursuant to 29 Del. C. § 10005(e) as to whether the Camden-Wyoming Sewer and Water Authority (CWSWA) has violated the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by failing to give you records you had requested. Based on information provided by the CWSWA, we have determined the CWSWA is not a public body within the meaning provided by 29 Del. C. § 10002(c), and therefore has no obligation under FOIA to make its records public.
The definition of “public body” has two parts, which are conjunctive. The first part of the definition describes a public body as any body or entity “established by the General Assembly … or … by any body established by the General Assembly or appointed by any body or public official of the State or otherwise empowered by any state governmental entity[.]” 29 Del. C. § 10002(c). Whether the CWSWA meets that part of the definition is immaterial, because the definition modifies those criteria with the phrase “which: (1) is supported … by any public funds; or (2) expends or disburses any public funds …; or (3) is impliedly or specifically charged by any other public official, body or agency to advise or make reports, investigations or recommendations.” Id. In other words, a public body is an entity that was created in a certain way, and which either receives or disburses public funds or has the function of advising, reporting or recommending to another. “Public funds” are monies from the State or one of its political subdivisions. 29 Del. C. § 10002(f).
According to the CWSWA it neither receives nor disburses any public funds. It is not charged, impliedly or specifically, with making reports or giving advice or recommendations to a public body or public official. See, 16 Del. C. ch. 14, “Water and/or Sewer Authorities.” Therefore, the CWSWA is not a public body within the meaning of FOIA.
Very truly yours,
Judy Oken Hodas
Deputy Attorney General
 
Approved
 
Lawrence W. Lewis
State Solicitor
Del. Op. Atty. Gen. 11-IB03 (Del.A.G.), 2011 WL 1428938

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