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Month: January 2017

Public records and the Cloud

H5test  h6test You make an OPRA request for one or more government records that are stored in large digital files.  What’s the best technology for the municipality to utilize to share this digital data?  The answer is simple – it depends.


Common Law and Borough records

By presenting an Open Public Records (OPRA) request to your municipality, most government records will be provided to you.  However, some records are not deemed government records and your request can be denied by the Records Custodian.  But, all is not Read more…


Delayed minutes and the DRAFT

Must minutes of public meetings be approved before being made public? The Allendale Planning Board held a public meeting on October 20, 2016.  The subsequent November and December meetings were cancelled. On January 9, 2017, 81 days from the original meeting, I made Read more…


Making an OPRA request – The basics

If you want to follow the activities of your local officials, I recommend reading the meeting minutes of your Governing Body, Planning Board, et al.  These minutes are government records.  They are also public records – and, by law, they are available to you Read more…


Listen to the minutes – audio recordings

Summary:  I want to encourage every municipality to post the audio recordings of their public meetings on their web site the day after the respective meeting.   Listen to meeting minutes Municipal entities (e.g, your Mayor and Council) often create Read more…


New appointments, no names

Each year, typically during the first week of January, the Allendale Mayor and Council holds its first public meeting – called the Reorganization or Reorg meeting.  This meeting will be held tonight, January 5, 2017 at 7:30pm at Borough Hall. The purpose Read more…