Early last month, Rohrersville resident Daniel Moeller submitted a Freedom of Information request for Washington County's emergency evacuation plan.
It was denied, in a letter that didn't explain that Moeller could have obtained a portion of the plan that doesn't reveal things such as "specific security procedures .."
Given what was known about the plan, Moeller's request seemed like a reasonable one.
In December, John Latimer IV, director of the county Division of Fire and Emergency Services, said the plan would be submitted to the state in January. Latimer also said he hoped to have a plan ready for adoption by late spring.
At no point did anyone say that the plan would be secret. In fact, when The Herald-Mail first asked for a look at the document last October, the concern was that nobody, including most county officials, knew what was in it.