Dear Town of Hackettstown:

This is a request for public records made under N.J.S. 47:1A-1 et seq., the New Jersey Open Public Records Act (OPRA) and the common law right of access. Please acknowledge receipt of this message.

RECORDS REQUESTED: For the period January 1, 2019 to the present, all public records identified below related to the proposed plan(s) to open a slaughterhouse on property on West Stiger Street, Hackettstown, NJ.

[1]. For the period January 1, 2019 to the present, copies of open and closed session meeting minutes related to the proposed slaughterhouse;

[2]. For the period January 1, 2019 to the present, audio recordings of meetings related to the proposed slaughterhouse;

[3]. For the date range January 1, 2019 to the present, copies of emails and letters whose subject matter is related to the proposed slaughterhouse;

[4] For the date range January 1, 2019 to the present, copies of applications (including zoning board and land use applications), proposals, drawings, renderings, blueprints, studies, reports, recommendations, presentations, maps, hearing transcripts, resolutions, and ordinances relating to the proposed slaughterhouse.

[5] All emails to or from the mayor from January 1, 2019 to the present that contain any one of these keywords: slaughter, livestock, and/or abbatoir;

[6] All emails to or from Jerry DiMaio from January 1, 2019 to the present that contain any one of these keywords: slaughter, livestock, and/or abbatoir;

[7] All emails to or from Jim Lambo from January 1, 2019 to the present that contain any one of these keywords: slaughter, livestock, and/or abbatoir;

[8] All emails to or from Scott Sheldon from January 1, 2019 to the present that contain any one of these keywords: slaughter, livestock, and/or abbatoir;

[9] All emails to or from Eric Tynan from January 1, 2019 to the present that contain any one of these keywords: slaughter, livestock, and/or abbatoir;

[10] All emails to or from Len Kunz from January 1, 2019 to the present that contain any one of these keywords: slaughter, livestock, and/or abbatoir;

[11] All emails to or from Matt Engelau from January 1, 2019 to the present that contain any one of these keywords: slaughter, livestock, and/or abbatoir;

[12] All emails to or from Member of Council from January 1, 2019 to the present that contain any one of these keywords: slaughter, livestock, and/or abbatoir;

[13] All emails to or from Jody Becker from January 1, 2019 to the present that contain any one of these keywords: slaughter, livestock, and/or abbatoir;

Please provide the above records via electronic file(s). If any record is not available electronically, please provide instructions on how they can be obtained.

Please acknowledge receipt of this public records request.

Thank you,
William Sosis, Esq.

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Dear Town of Hackettstown:

This is a request for public records made under N.J.S. 47:1A-1 et seq., the New Jersey Open Public Records Act (OPRA) and the common law right of access. Please acknowledge receipt of this message.

RECORDS REQUESTED:

For the period January 1, 2019 to the present, the public records identified below related to the proposed plan(s) to open a slaughterhouse on property on West Stiger Street, Hackettstown, NJ.

[1]. For the period January 1, 2019 to the present, copies of open and closed session meeting minutes related to the proposed slaughterhouse;

[2]. For the period January 1, 2019 to the present, audio recordings of meetings related to the proposed slaughterhouse;

[3]. For the date range January 1, 2019 to the present, copies of emails and letters whose subject matter is related to the proposed slaughterhouse;

[4] For the date range January 1, 2019 to the present, copies of applications (including zoning board and land use applications), proposals, drawings, renderings, blueprints, studies, reports, recommendations, presentations, maps, hearing transcripts, resolutions, and ordinances relating to the proposed slaughterhouse.

[5] All emails to or from the mayor from January 1, 2019 to the present that contain any one of these keywords: slaughter, livestock, and/or abbatoir;

[6] All emails to or from Jerry DiMaio from January 1, 2019 to the present that contain any one of these keywords: slaughter, livestock, and/or abbatoir;

[7] All emails to or from Jim Lambo from January 1, 2019 to the present that contain any one of these keywords: slaughter, livestock, and/or abbatoir;

[8] All emails to or from Scott Sheldon from January 1, 2019 to the present that contain any one of these keywords: slaughter, livestock, and/or abbatoir;

[9] All emails to or from Eric Tynan from January 1, 2019 to the present that contain any one of these keywords: slaughter, livestock, and/or abbatoir;

[10] All emails to or from Len Kunz from January 1, 2019 to the present that contain any one of these keywords: slaughter, livestock, and/or abbatoir;

[11] All emails to or from Matt Engelau from January 1, 2019 to the present that contain any one of these keywords: slaughter, livestock, and/or abbatoir;

[12] All emails to or from Jody Becker from January 1, 2019 to the present that contain any one of these keywords: slaughter, livestock, and/or abbatoir;

Please provide the above records via electronic file(s). If any record is not available electronically, please provide instructions on how they can be obtained.

Please acknowledge receipt of this public records request.

Thank you,
William Sosis, Esq.

Dear Town of Hackettstown,

Kindly acknowledge receipt of my 12/14/2020 public records request.

Thank you,
William Sosis

Barb Ricker,

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Dear Mr. Sosis:

Attached please find correspondence from Attorney Fina in response to your
OPRA request.

Thank you.

Barb Ricker
Legal Assistant to Brian R. Tipton, Esq., Jennifer A. Vorhies, Esq.
And Katharine A. Fina, Esq.
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Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
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William N. Sosis, Esq.
VIA EMAIL & OPRAMACHINE.COM ONLY
December 18, 2020

Katharine A. Fina, Esq.
Florio Ferrucci
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RE: OPRA Requests (12/2/2020 & 12/14/2020) Hackettstown Slaughterhouse

Dear Ms. Fina,

I am in receipt of your letter dated December 15, 2020, which I received today, December 18, 2020. The following responds to your request for further clarification and a 30 day extension.

REQUEST FOR CLARIFICATIONS

REQUESTS NOS. 1 AND 2: Please include the Mayor and Council, Land Use, Board of Health

REQUEST NO. 4: Please include applications to the Mayor and Council and Land Use Board and Zoning

REQUESTS NOS. 5 THROUGH 13: Regarding the need for the Town to review its e-mail retrieval system in order to determine ”whether or not there will be an applicable charge”, emails do not fall under any exception contemplated in N.J.S.A. 47:1A-5(d)(3). Emails are ”identifiable government records.” Both email clients and Webmail contain built-in methods for searching and filtering emails. Emails can easily be searched by using the application’s native search bar or simply sorting column headers. Specific keywords, email addresses, names, and more can easily be filtered, retrieved, and exported. As such, emails do not require ”a substantial amount of manipulation or programming of information technology to warrant charging a requestor of public records.

REQUEST FOR A 30-DAY EXTENSION

I am aware of the legislature’s amendment to OPRA in mid-March 2020. Unfortunately the relaxed OPRA deadline due to COVID-19 has been the subject of abuse by many agencies. The amendment however still requires that an agency must make “a reasonable effort to respond to an OPRA request ”within seven business days or as soon as possible thereafter.” N.J.S.A. 47:1A-5(i)(2). In short, the amendment does not provide an excuse to ignore requests or seek exorbitant extensions of time. As you know, my initial OPRA request for public records regarding the slaughterhouse was submitted on December 2, 2020. The only response I received was an eleventh-hour letter sent end-of-day on Thursday, December 10, 2020 stating that my request was ”invalid”. In the same way, after submitting a new request on December 14, 2020, I did not receive the at-bar letter until today, December 18, 2020.

In sum, I note that my OPRA request is due December 23, 2020. By then, the Town will have been apprised of my request for 21 days. As you have again elected not to comply with the seven-day statutory period kindly provide the records requested by Friday, January 8, 2021.

Very truly yours,
William N. Sosis, Esq.

cc: William W. Kuster, Jr.: Via Online Opramachine.com

Katharine Fina,

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Mr. Sosis:

 

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Thank you,

 

Katharine Fina, Esq.

Florio Perrucci Steinhardt Cappelli Tipton & Taylor, LLC

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Phillipsburg, New Jersey 08865

Office – (908) 454-8300 x. 1021

Direct – (908) 878-0121

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I am responding to your OPRA request on behalf of the Town of Hackettstown
regarding the above mentioned Land Use Board Application.
Attached please find the documents in your request relative to Item #4.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Shannon Drylie
Land Use Board Clerk
Town of Hackettstown
215 West Stiger Street
Hackettstown, NJ  07840
(908)850-0660 ext 118/119
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Dear Shannon Drylie:

Thank you for your email. The records you provided are dated between 4/13/2020 and 11/19/2020.

Aside from the drawings you provided, are there any records addressing environmental, community and/or political issues? Do any "studies, reports, recommendations, etc." exist such as an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)? The review from Maser Consulting recommends that the Board deem the application to be incomplete due to several deficiencies in the application. Are there any records demonstrating that these deficiencies were corrected?

Thank you,
William Sosis

Shannon Drylie, Town of Hackettstown

In response to your questions there are no records addressing
environmental,community and/or political issues; and there are no studies,
reports or recommendations such as an EIS.   With respect to the
completeness report from Maser Consulting, the plan I forwarded to you
contains the deficiencies.
Shannon Drylie
Land Use Board Clerk
Town of Hackettstown
215 West Stiger Street
Hackettstown, NJ  07840
(908)850-0660 ext 118/119

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Dear Shannon Drylie:

Thank you for your email. In my understanding, your response is that no records exist on any effort (current or pending) to cure the deficiencies.

If this is incorrect please let me know.

Thank you,
William Sosis

Shannon Drylie, Town of Hackettstown

The deficiencies are incorporated into the plan I sent you.
Shannon Drylie
Land Use Board Clerk
Town of Hackettstown
215 West Stiger Street
Hackettstown, NJ  07840
(908)850-0660 ext 118/119

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Town of Hackettstown
215 West Stiger Street
Hackettstown, NJ  07840
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Hackettstown, NJ  07840
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