Manistee MI, Civic Address Data

Nick Ingalls filed this request with the Open Records of Manistee County, MI.

It is a clone of this request.

Due April 7, 2021
Est. Completion None
Awaiting Response


From: Nick Ingalls

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Michigan's Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA"), I hereby request the following records:

A Shapefile or CSV containing at minimum the Address Points (house # and street name) and their corresponding Latitude/Longitude. If additional data such as the Unit Number, City, Zipcode, Parcel Id exists they should be included as well.

If this cannot be accessed, the parcel file including situs address would suffice.

Other names for this include: E911 Address Database, Civic Address File, Parcel Dataset, Land Ownership Dataset, Tax Parcels, Address Points.

I also intent to publish the data via the OpenAddresses Publication platform and would request a waiver of fees for the request.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.


Nick Ingalls

From: Open Records

Dear Mr. Ingalls:

Please consider this email and the attachment as Manistee County, Michigan's answer to your Freedom of Information Act request dated November 29, 2017. We understand your request to be for Shape files available in our Equalization Department.

For your information, these Shape files are available for purchase in the County Equalization Department at fees established by the Manistee County Board of Commissioners. The purchase of this information would also require your signature on a Data Licensing Agreement and a Limitation of Liability/Digital Data Use Disclaimer. These documents and the Equalization Department fee schedule are attached for your review. The Equalization Department has informed me that the requested information will cost $750 for you to obtain.

If you wish to purchase this information, please contact Roger Elbers, Equalization Director at to make arrangements. Mr. Elbers can also be reached by telephone at 231-723-5957.


Thomas D. Kaminski
Manistee County Controller/Administrator
(231) 398-3501

From: Nick Ingalls

Hello Norma,

Excessive fees make it really hard for individuals to obtain public records and give large companies monopolies over our own records. To help individuals get access to I cofounded years ago I cofounded with the intent of making civic address data easier to find, manage and build awesome tools with - Since then the project has taken off
from disaster relief, to Search and Rescue, to finding your local bakery, developers have taken the data that we publish and done some incredible things with them!

That said we are an entirely volunteer organization and depend on a small number of donations every year to keep our servers hosting the data and pay for the occasional FOIA fee.
Unfortunately this means it can be difficult to obtain funding for data that we would otherwise love to obtain. In this case the fees scheduled would exceed our total expenditure for the past 4 years.

Civic Addresses are the glue that connects the digital world to the physical one, connecting vast troves of records to the real world and we would love the county of wexford to join
the growing number of counties and states and provide us data by waiving or reducing fees and allowing us to standardize, remix, and share civic addresses.

I would love for you to check out our current progress at: