Opra Request

Lance B Sexton made this OPRA request to Allendale Borough

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The request was partially successful.

Dear Allendale Borough,

This is a request for public records made under OPRA and the common law right of access. I am not required to fill out an official form. Please acknowledge receipt of this message.
Records requested:

A list of properties in the Borough that currently have delinquent taxes, open property liens, and code violations (including vacant properties). This list should also include amounts of balances owed and the type of violation related to each particular property.

Description of Information Requested:
1.Tax Account Delinquent Report
2.Detailed Lien Status Report
3.Residential code enforcement violations currently active and pending that include:
• Residential Structures that are vacant and open to trespass
• Residential Properties with grass or weeds in excess of the city’s height limit
• Residential Structures without a current city certificate of occupancy
• Residential Properties on the cities vacant property registry (if applicable)

Yours faithfully,

Lance B.

Tatiana Marquis, Allendale Borough

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Good afternoon Mr. Sexton,

The Borough of Allendale received your Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request on February 24, 2020 for:

1.Tax Account Delinquent Report

2.Detailed Lien Status Report

3.Residential code enforcement violations currently active and pending that include:
a. Residential Structures that are vacant and open to trespass
b. Residential Properties with grass or weeds in excess of the city's height limit
c. Residential Structures without a current city certificate of occupancy
d. Residential Properties on the cities vacant property registry (if applicable)

As such, the seventh (7th) business day deadline to respond to your request is March 4, 2020. This response is being provided on the 7th business day after said request was received.

The following records are being provided and are responsive to your request:
* BOROUGH OF ALLENDALE, DETAILED TAX ACCOUNT DELINQUENT REPORT (14 PAGES)
* BOROUGH OF ALLENDALE, DETAILED LIEN ACCOUNT STATUS REPORT (14 PAGES)
* BOROUGH OF ALLENDALE, PROJECT LISTING BY CATEGORY ID (1 PAGE)

Please be advised that there are no records for your request pertaining to active and pending violations for residential properties with grass or weeds in excess of the city's height limit.

Please be further advised that the Borough of Allendale does not maintain a list nor can a report be generated for "Residential Structures without a current city certificate of occupancy." OPRA does not require a custodian to produce new documents and a custodian of records is under no obligation to create such a record as per Matthews v. City of Atlantic City (Atlantic).

Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 47:1A-5.b., there is no cost associated with this request as the documents are being transmitted to you electronically.

If your request for access to a government record has been denied or unfilled within the seven (7) business days required by law, you have a right to challenge the decision by the Borough of Allendale to deny access. At your option, you may either institute a proceeding in the Superior Court of New Jersey or file a complaint with the Government Records Council (GRC) by completing the Denial of Access Complaint Form. You may contact the GRC by toll-free telephone at 866-850-0511, by mail at P.O. Box 819, Trenton, NJ, 08625, by e-mail at [email address], or at their web site at www.state.nj.us/grc. The GRC can also answer other questions about the law. All questions regarding complaints filed in Superior Court should be directed to the Court Clerk in your County.

Thank you and have a great day!

Tatiana Marquis
Deputy Municipal Clerk
Borough of Allendale
500 West Crescent Avenue
Allendale, NJ 07401
Telephone: (201) 818-4400 ext 218
Fax: (201) 825-1913
Email: [email address]
Website: www.allendalenj.gov

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