Cost Incurred due to Unnecessary Brining/Salting of NJ Roads

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PSNJ, Ironbound Media

New Jersey Department of Transportation,

This is a request for public records made under OPRA and the common law right of access. Please acknowledge receipt of this message.
Records requested:

1) Any and all records in reference to the cost incurred to the state taxpayers concerning the unnecessary brining/salting of state roadways, as well as any other preparations for inclement weather conditions which were not predicted or expected during the time period of November 22, 2018 to November 28, 2018, including but not limited to documents, plans, receipts, orders, memos, emails, payrolls, overtime records, fuel expense records, etc.

2) Any and all communication during the same time period between Governor Murphy, his staff, and/or his office and the Department of Transportation regarding and/or in reference to inclement weather preparation.

3) Any and all records documenting the resources used/referred to by the DOT to determine inclement weather preparation action taken during the same time period, including but not limited to weather reports, weather predictions, executive orders, advice, recommendations, directives, standing orders, etc.

Ironbound Media, NJ

Reynolds, Xaymara,

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The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) is in receipt of the
attached request for records under the Open Public Records Act (OPRA). 

 

This request is being forwarded to the appropriate Unit(s) to determine if
records responsive to your request exist, and for further review of your
request in light of the law governing OPRA requests and the Department of
Transportation’s document retention policies. 

 

If this request involves an extraordinary expenditure of time and effort,
we will need to assess a special service fee and you will be advised of
such. This will apply regardless of the method you wish to receive the
records in addition to the copying cost.  Note that for any existing
records located off-site or in a storage facility, or requires extensive
review, we may request an extension of time if necessary.

 

Please address all your communications pertaining to this request directly
to this email address.  Thank you in advance for your patience, and we
will be in contact with you.

 

 

OPRA Unit

NJDOT Custodian of Records

Office of Inspector General

Phone (609) 530-8045

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We apologize for the delay in processing your request, but would like to
assure you that your request is still in progress. We are still in the
process of searching through records and identifying and reviewing records
specifically responsive to your request.    

 

Therefore, the Department of Transportation requires an additional
extension until December 28, 2018. 

 

We will do our best to provide a response to you as quickly as possible. 
We thank you for your patience and assistance.

 

 

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From: Reynolds, Xaymara
Sent: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 4:09 PM
To: 'PSNJ, Ironbound Media'
<[OPRA #3057 email]>
Subject: OPRA Request Number: C139554

 

 

The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) is in receipt of the
attached request for records under the Open Public Records Act (OPRA). 

 

This request is being forwarded to the appropriate Unit(s) to determine if
records responsive to your request exist, and for further review of your
request in light of the law governing OPRA requests and the Department of
Transportation’s document retention policies. 

 

If this request involves an extraordinary expenditure of time and effort,
we will need to assess a special service fee and you will be advised of
such. This will apply regardless of the method you wish to receive the
records in addition to the copying cost.  Note that for any existing
records located off-site or in a storage facility, or requires extensive
review, we may request an extension of time if necessary.

 

Please address all your communications pertaining to this request directly
to this email address.  Thank you in advance for your patience, and we
will be in contact with you.

 

 

OPRA Unit

NJDOT Custodian of Records

Office of Inspector General

Phone (609) 530-8045

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PSNJ, Ironbound Media

Xaymara Reynolds,

Thank you for the update.

Your request for a deadline extension to 12/28/2018 is granted.

Ironbound Media

OPRA, NJDOT,

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We apologize for the delay in processing your request, but would like to
assure you that your request is still in progress. We are still in the
process of searching through records and identifying and reviewing records
specifically responsive to your request.    

 

Therefore, the Department of Transportation requires an additional
extension until January 11, 2019. 

 

We will do our best to provide a response to you as quickly as possible. 
We thank you for your patience and assistance.

 

 

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OPRA Unit

NJDOT Custodian of Records

Office of Inspector General

Phone (609) 530-8045

 

 

From: OPRA, NJDOT
Sent: Monday, December 10, 2018 12:59 PM
To: PSNJ, Ironbound Media
<[OPRA #3057 email]>
Subject: RE: OPRA Request Number: C139554

 

We apologize for the delay in processing your request, but would like to
assure you that your request is still in progress. We are still in the
process of searching through records and identifying and reviewing records
specifically responsive to your request.    

 

Therefore, the Department of Transportation requires an additional
extension until December 28, 2018. 

 

We will do our best to provide a response to you as quickly as possible. 
We thank you for your patience and assistance.

 

 

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OPRA Unit

NJDOT Custodian of Records

Office of Inspector General

Phone (609) 530-8045

 

 

 

 

 

From: Reynolds, Xaymara
Sent: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 4:09 PM
To: 'PSNJ, Ironbound Media'
<[3][OPRA #3057 email]>
Subject: OPRA Request Number: C139554

 

 

The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) is in receipt of the
attached request for records under the Open Public Records Act (OPRA). 

 

This request is being forwarded to the appropriate Unit(s) to determine if
records responsive to your request exist, and for further review of your
request in light of the law governing OPRA requests and the Department of
Transportation’s document retention policies. 

 

If this request involves an extraordinary expenditure of time and effort,
we will need to assess a special service fee and you will be advised of
such. This will apply regardless of the method you wish to receive the
records in addition to the copying cost.  Note that for any existing
records located off-site or in a storage facility, or requires extensive
review, we may request an extension of time if necessary.

 

Please address all your communications pertaining to this request directly
to this email address.  Thank you in advance for your patience, and we
will be in contact with you.

 

 

OPRA Unit

NJDOT Custodian of Records

Office of Inspector General

Phone (609) 530-8045

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OPRA, NJDOT,

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We apologize for the delay in processing your request, but would like to
assure you that your request is still in progress. We are still in the
process of searching through records and identifying and reviewing records
specifically responsive to your request.    

 

Therefore, the Department of Transportation requires an additional
extension until January 11, 2019. 

 

We will do our best to provide a response to you as quickly as possible. 
We thank you for your patience and assistance.

 

 

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We apologize for the delay in processing your request, but would like to
assure you that your request is still in progress. We are still in the
process of searching through records and identifying and reviewing records
specifically responsive to your request.    

 

Therefore, the Department of Transportation requires an additional
extension until January 25, 2019.

 

We will do our best to provide a response to you as quickly as possible. 
We thank you for your patience and assistance.

 

 

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OPRA Unit

NJDOT Custodian of Records

Office of Inspector General

Phone (609) 530-8045

 

From: OPRA, NJDOT
Sent: Monday, January 07, 2019 3:21 PM
To: PSNJ, Ironbound Media
<[OPRA #3057 email]>
Subject: OPRA Request Number: C139554

 

We apologize for the delay in processing your request, but would like to
assure you that your request is still in progress. We are still in the
process of searching through records and identifying and reviewing records
specifically responsive to your request.    

 

Therefore, the Department of Transportation requires an additional
extension until January 11, 2019. 

 

We will do our best to provide a response to you as quickly as possible. 
We thank you for your patience and assistance.

 

 

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Office of Inspector General

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We apologize for the delay in processing your request, but would like to
assure you that your request is still in progress. We are still in the
process of searching through records and identifying and reviewing records
specifically responsive to your request.    

 

Therefore, the Department of Transportation requires an additional
extension until February 1, 2019.

 

We will do our best to provide a response to you as quickly as possible. 
We thank you for your patience and assistance.

 

 

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OPRA Unit

NJDOT Custodian of Records

Office of Inspector General

Phone (609) 530-8045

 

 

From: OPRA, NJDOT
Sent: Friday, January 11, 2019 4:41 PM
To: PSNJ, Ironbound Media
<[OPRA #3057 email]>
Subject: RE: OPRA Request Number: C139554

 

We apologize for the delay in processing your request, but would like to
assure you that your request is still in progress. We are still in the
process of searching through records and identifying and reviewing records
specifically responsive to your request.    

 

Therefore, the Department of Transportation requires an additional
extension until January 25, 2019.

 

We will do our best to provide a response to you as quickly as possible. 
We thank you for your patience and assistance.

 

 

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OPRA Unit

NJDOT Custodian of Records

Office of Inspector General

Phone (609) 530-8045

 

From: OPRA, NJDOT
Sent: Monday, January 07, 2019 3:21 PM
To: PSNJ, Ironbound Media
<[3][OPRA #3057 email]>
Subject: OPRA Request Number: C139554

 

We apologize for the delay in processing your request, but would like to
assure you that your request is still in progress. We are still in the
process of searching through records and identifying and reviewing records
specifically responsive to your request.    

 

Therefore, the Department of Transportation requires an additional
extension until January 11, 2019. 

 

We will do our best to provide a response to you as quickly as possible. 
We thank you for your patience and assistance.

 

 

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PSNJ, Ironbound Media

NJDOT,

This delay is no longer acceptable. After numerous extensions, this request has been outstanding in excess of 45 days. There has been more than sufficient time to fill this request.

If a complete response is not received by the 60-day mark of January 28th, a complaint will be filed with the NJ Government Records Council.

PSNJ, Ironbound Media

OPRA, NJDOT,

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We apologize for the delay in processing your request, but would like to
assure you that your request is still in progress. We are still in the
process of searching through records and identifying and reviewing records
specifically responsive to your request.    

 

Therefore, the Department of Transportation requires an additional
extension until February 8, 2019.

 

We will do our best to provide a response to you as quickly as possible. 
We thank you for your patience and assistance.

 

 

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NJDOT Custodian of Records

Office of Inspector General

Phone (609) 530-8045

 

 

From: OPRA, NJDOT
Sent: Friday, January 18, 2019 4:32 PM
To: PSNJ, Ironbound Media
<[OPRA #3057 email]>
Subject: RE: OPRA Request Number: C139554

 

We apologize for the delay in processing your request, but would like to
assure you that your request is still in progress. We are still in the
process of searching through records and identifying and reviewing records
specifically responsive to your request.    

 

Therefore, the Department of Transportation requires an additional
extension until February 1, 2019.

 

We will do our best to provide a response to you as quickly as possible. 
We thank you for your patience and assistance.

 

 

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NJDOT Custodian of Records

Office of Inspector General

Phone (609) 530-8045

 

 

From: OPRA, NJDOT
Sent: Friday, January 11, 2019 4:41 PM
To: PSNJ, Ironbound Media
<[3][OPRA #3057 email]>
Subject: RE: OPRA Request Number: C139554

 

We apologize for the delay in processing your request, but would like to
assure you that your request is still in progress. We are still in the
process of searching through records and identifying and reviewing records
specifically responsive to your request.    

 

Therefore, the Department of Transportation requires an additional
extension until January 25, 2019.

 

We will do our best to provide a response to you as quickly as possible. 
We thank you for your patience and assistance.

 

 

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OPRA Unit

NJDOT Custodian of Records

Office of Inspector General

Phone (609) 530-8045

 

From: OPRA, NJDOT
Sent: Monday, January 07, 2019 3:21 PM
To: PSNJ, Ironbound Media
<[5][OPRA #3057 email]>
Subject: OPRA Request Number: C139554

 

We apologize for the delay in processing your request, but would like to
assure you that your request is still in progress. We are still in the
process of searching through records and identifying and reviewing records
specifically responsive to your request.    

 

Therefore, the Department of Transportation requires an additional
extension until January 11, 2019. 

 

We will do our best to provide a response to you as quickly as possible. 
We thank you for your patience and assistance.

 

 

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NJDOT Custodian of Records

Office of Inspector General

Phone (609) 530-8045

 

 

 

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Please be advised that item #1 of your request, is overbroad. Government
agencies are required to disclose only identifiable government records
that are specifically described in the request. Gannett N.J. Partners v.
Middlesex, 379 N.J. Super. 205, 212 (App. Div. 2005). Neither OPRA nor the
common law countenances open-ended searches of agency files, MAG
Entertainment, LLC v. Div. of Alcoholic Bev Control, 375 N.J. Super. 534,
549 (App. Div. 2005), or permits a blanket request for every document an
agency has on file on a topic, Bent v. Twp. of Stafford, 381 N.J. Super.
30, 37 (App. Div. 2005). OPRA does not require that custodians conduct
research when responding to OPRA requests. See Lagerkvist v. Office of
Governor of State, 443 N.J. Super. 230, 237 (App. Div. 2015) (citing MAG
Entm't, LLC, 375 N.J. Super. at 546-49). "A requestor is obliged to
identify the documents sought with some particularity, thus enabling
government to maintain transparency while completing necessary day-to-day
functions." Ibid. "A records request must be well defined so that the
custodian knows precisely what records are sought. The request should not
require the records custodian to undertake a subjective analysis to
understand the nature of the request.  Seeking particular information from
the custodian is permissible; expecting the custodian to do research is
not." Paff v. Galloway Twp., 229 N.J. 340, 355 (2017). Further, the NJDOT
objects your classification of the brining performed between November 22,
2018 to November 28, 2018 as “unnecessary.”

 

Notwithstanding the above, the NJDOT has provided a spreadsheet detailing
the costs during the period requested. If you require additional records
in response to this item, the NJDOT requires information to be more
specific in order to identify the records you are seeking and continue
processing this request. Please identify the specific records you are
seeking including time frames.  For any requests seeking “correspondence”
or “communications,” please identify the sender, recipient, time frame,
and subject matter.

 

With regard to item # 2 of you request, the records you have requested do
not exist in our files based on the information provided. Therefore,
pursuant to N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1 et. seq., this portion of your request is
denied and closed effective today.

 

With regard to item # 3 of your request, available records are attached to
this email. This portion of your request is closed effective today.

 

Please provide us with your narrowed response to item #1 by February 15,
2019. If you do not respond by that date, item # 1 of your request will be
closed due to non-response.

 

 

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Please note that this office reached out to you on 2/8/19 to attempt to
narrow down your request and we did not receive a response. Therefore,
this request is closed effective today.

 

Thank you for the opportunity to be of assistance.

 

 

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