Procedures for County Departments Only
Transferring Records to the Records Center:
- Before beginning to box records, each office must make a determination of what records it will consider active. These are materials that are required for the use by the office on a day-to-day basis. These records need to remain with the office and not be transferred to the Records Center.
- Before beginning to box records, each office should contact the Records Center and review what is considered semi or non-active. With the Center continually growing, space will be a limited commodity, as is the number of people available for a records request: therefore, the Center rarely accepts current or active records. The Records Center will however, accept current records to be scanned.
- Before beginning to box records, determine that the records requiring storage or processing have been scheduled on the office's Schedule of Records Retention and Disposition Form (Form RC-2) (See Forms, Number 2.) Any questions regarding the Form RC-2 should be directed to the Records Center Supervisor.
2) Boxing of Records:
PLEASE NOTE: The Lorain County Records Center is considered an extension of the originating office for storage, retrieval and processing purposes only.
The Center's staff, for any reason, will not do additional filing, record amendment or purging.
3) Transferring Records:
- Contact the Records Center when all records are packed and ready for transfer. For offices that haven't used the Center services before, a member of the staff will visit and review the boxes to avoid them from being returned for re-boxing or re-inventory.
- Each office is responsible for transferring their materials to the Center. If using the County Maintenance Department to transfer the records, please call the Center prior to phoning in your work order so we know your boxes are being delivered.
- All records transferred must be listed on the offices' Form RC-2, to ensure proper management and timely destruction
- If any records transferred to the Center classify as confidential, the office must identify them as such, and provide a list of persons authorized to access these records. If a name is not on the list, no records will be released.
Removing A Record:
- Original records may not be removed from the Center without the specific authorization of the originating office. Prior to releasing a record, the requester must sign as the party responsible for that record until it's returned.
- The public may not remove any record from the Center for any reason. They may fill out a Lorain County Records Center Requisition Form (See Forms, Number 5.) and the staff will be there to assist them.
Request For Records by Departments:
- To request a record that is stored at the Center: Fill out a Lorain County Records Center Requisition Form (See Forms, Number 5) and either send or fax it to the Center. Or simply call the Center with your request. The staff will call back when the requested items are pulled for further instructions, (interoffice, fax, mail and/or pickup.)
To repeat, The Lorain County Records Center is considered an extension of the office of origin for storage, retrieval and processing purposes only.
For this reason, the Center's staff will preform no docketing, additional filing or annotation.
Neither will the staff answer any questions concerning the legal meaning of records stored at the Center.
The Lorain County Records Center can do various micrographic projects to ensure
archival capture, and to save badly needed space. Not only will we perform
micrographic work, but also emphasize computer indexing, source document
imaging and digital warehousing. The Center will not lose its focus when it comes to
providing a quality archival product, which can stand up to not only time, but the legal
parameter defined by the Revised Code.
To speed retrieval and to ensure legal compliance with the requirements to have easily accessible records, the Center maintains an extensive database of those records stored within the facility.
The Center is looking to upgrade this system to allow for greater access by individual departments.
The same system can be applied to those offices, which are interested in developing computerized databases for the variety of records they have housed as "active."
Micrographic: Source Document Microfilming
The Lorain County Records Center is a fully functional micrographic facility capable of handling just about any paper files, small books, index cards, etc.
The process, because of its personnel intensive nature, is usually reserved for records, which are required to be maintained for a lengthy period of time.
All film produced by the Center will meet all archival standards and can be used as per the ORC 9.01 as a legally acceptable replacement for a paper original.
Imaging source documents is the best way to ensure timely retrieval, but is rarely considered a legally acceptable medium in the State of Ohio.
For this reason, any office reviewing imaging technology should contact the Center to ensure all archival requirements are met prior to any purchase.
Since few vendors acknowledge the need for archival back up, maintaining an eye readable medium is not the law in all states, it is a service, which must be negotiated into base costs of purchase.
The Center has purchased a Kodak 990D Scanner/Microimager.
This machine allows us to scan and microfilm images at the same time.
Please call the Center if you are interested in this service.
The mission of the Lorain County Records Center is to provide economical storage, retrieval, protection, processing and disposal for inactive and semi-active records produced as part of doing business with and for Lorain County.
However, it is this last component of the Center, which will allow for the long term and permanent retention only those records specified by law or historic importance.
Those records lacking either justification will be destroyed following the guidelines provided by the Ohio Historical Society, the State Auditor and the County Records Commission.
- Offices will be notified by the Records Commission Secretary of an upcoming Records Commission meeting. At least one to two weeks prior to the meeting, all Applications for One-Time Disposal of Obsolete Records Forms (Form RC-1) (See Forms, Number 1) must be filed with the Secretary. Those offices whose RC-2 Forms are on file at the Records Center, will be notified when their records housed at the Center have become eligible for destruction. The department will then be required to submit a Certificate of Records Disposal Form (Form RC-3) (See Forms, Number 3) to legally dispose of their records. If requested by the department head, the Records Center Supervisor may submit the form on their behalf.
- The Records Commission will review all forms submitted at its scheduled meeting. The Records Commission normally meets two times per year to consider Applications for Destruction and Schedules of Retention.
- The Records Commission Secretary will submit all approved forms to the Ohio Historical Society and the State Auditor for their approvals.
- Upon approval from the State, copies of the signed schedules will be returned to the originating office. Records qualifying for destruction will then be managed in the following manner: Records listed on the schedules as ready for destruction should be physically separated from other records. It is the responsibility of each office to be aware of pending litigation, which could be affected by the destruction of any specific record. Records that are part of active or pending litigation may not be destroyed even if their scheduled destruction period has been reached. Each office must prepare a Certificate of Records Disposal Form (FormRC-3) listing all of the records intended for destruction, the Schedule Number, Media Type, Inclusive Date of the Record and the Proposed Date of Disposal. This form must be submitted to the Secretary of the Records Commission or the Records Center Supervisor at least four weeks prior to the listed proposed destruction date. Records stored at the Center, which are eligible for destruction, will be destroyed twice a year. (Note: No records stored will be destroyed without the knowledge and consent of the originating office.)
- Records transferred onto microfilm may be legally destroyed provided an RC-2 form has been filed and approved stating that the originals have been microfilmed.