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Month: December 2016

Accessing the Code – your local laws

Whether you live in a NJ Borough, Township, or Village, your Governing Body is a creature of statute – their actions must be based on documented laws.  These include Federal and State statutes AND local municipal laws – often referred to as Read more…


Processing our files

Archives contains a wealth of documents and media files provided by local municipalities and public resources.  Our goal is to demonstrate the benefits of thoughtfully processing and sharing government records. A project like this takes a lot of work and planning.  Read more…


2006 M&C Minutes – Not very public

This video details my 9/11/16 visit to the Allendale Borough Hall to look at the minutes of all 2006 Allendale Mayor and Council meetings. These 2006 minutes are stored on paper and contained in a 2 glue bound-binders – stored in a walk-in vault.  They are public Read more…


From Paper to Digital Records

In most municipalities, minutes of public meetings are printed, bound, and stored out of public view.  While these physical records are believed to be safeguarded, they are also unavailable to the public without an OPRA request. The two binders on the right Read more…


Your Borough is in the information business

Local governments are in the business of providing affordable resident services and managing the laws that keep us safe and secure.  They are also responsible for sharing and protecting their records. BELOW:  Massive 7-Alarm Fire Rips Through Brooklyn NY Warehouse, 4 Read more…


Common Law Right of Access

NJFOG 2012 Workshop: Session 1 (OPRA & OPMA) – Published on Apr 18, 2014. This YouTube segment defines the Common Law Right of Access and how it can increase your access to public documents.