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The Independent has made seven requests to the City of Liberty Hill under the Freedom of Information Act so far this year for information pertaining to a number of different ongoing issues. Below is an up-to-date list of all requests made in 2020 and their disposition:

Requests sent Jan. 2:

• “Notes, emails, memorandums, text messages and other correspondence relating to establishment of the August 2019 City of Liberty Hill budget process and budget discussions shared between City staff and members of the City Council with any other staff or Council member between the dates of 06/01/2019 and 10/01/2019.”
The response to this request from the City was that no such documents exist. The City sent approved minutes from two Council meetings and agendas from three others as the only documentation of correspondence regarding the budget process.

• “The current annual salary for each City of Liberty Hill employee by name and title or position, to include all Police Department staffing. Include date of hire and salary at time of hire.”
The response to this request was a list of employees by name with current salary, but did not include the date of hire, title or salary at the date of hire.

• “A copy of the City of Liberty Hill Employee Handbook.”
The response to this request was to send a copy of the employee handbook by email on Jan. 21, after the Jan. 17 response deadline.

• “A copy of the final City budget approved by the Liberty Hill City Council in September 2019.”
The response to this request was to send a copy of the proposed budget for fiscal year 2019-2020 by email on Jan. 21, after the Jan. 17 response deadline. The budget sent was the one originally proposed in August 2019, but included no changes made between that time and the official vote in September 2019.

• “Notes, emails, memorandums, text messages and other correspondence relating to the process, planning and hiring efforts related to the City of Liberty Hill city administrator search between Mayor Rick Hall and consultant Powell Municipal between 08/01/2019 and 12/31/2019.”
No response has been provided by the City regarding this request.

• “Details of who authorized the disbursement of (advance salary to a City employee). How was the additional payroll disbursement requested? Who authorized it? Correspondence or document authorizing the disbursement, either by memorandum or electronic mail? Verification that (City employee) received disbursement of the regular payroll amount on 06/06/2019, twice on 06/18/2019 and once on 06/20/2019, with a credit back for one of those disbursements on 06/20/2019.”
No response has been provided by the City regarding this request. This was an additional request made for further information pertaining to a request submitted in September 2019.

• “Details of the travel (City employee) was reimbursed $1,244.30 for on July 3, 2019. What was the travel for (specific training or event), where was it located, when was it held, who authorized the travel and who authorized the reimbursement?”
No response has been provided by the City regarding this request. This was an additional request made for further information pertaining to a request submitted in September 2019.

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