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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…


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…


Deliberating behind closed doors

NJFOG 2012 Workshop: Session 1 (OPRA & OPMA) – Published on Apr 18, 2014. This YouTube segment discusses how public bodies sometimes make little attempt to deliberate in public.


Allendale buys 220-230 W Crescent

The Borough of Allendale Governing Body recently approved the purchase of 220-230 W Crescent Ave for $13.75MM. Find below documents that discuss and support this transaction – including M&C meeting agendas and minutes, resolutions, the Letter of Intent, contract to purchase property, Read more…


Availability of DRAFT minutes

Published on Apr 19, 2014 – NJFOG’s 2012 Open Government Workshop: Session 6 discussed OPMA (Open Public Meetings Act). This YouTube segment discusses the fact that minutes do not have to be approved and that the Records Custodian can make Read more…


Closed Sessions

On November 17, 2011, several open government advocates participated in a seminar at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University. The following YouTube video includes an excellent segment on the requirements for closed session meetings.  Listen to their discussion on general Read more…