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Dear Verona Township,

RE: Open Records Request

I am requesting a List of all residential properties in your city that have had the water shut off any time between 11/30/2018 and 5/30/2019. I only need the property addresses. I do not want any customer information or reason for shut off. I authorize yo to redact confidential information in accordance with Section 182.052 of the Utilities Code.

Thank you,

Corey Beckwith

732-337-9336

Jennifer Kiernan, Verona Township

I, Jennifer Kiernan, the official Records Custodian for the Township of
Verona received your initial OPRA request on May 22, 2019. As such, the
seven (7) business day deadline to respond to your request is June 3, 2019.
This response to your request is being provided on the 7th day of the
Custodian’s receipt of said request. Also, the Township received an OPRA
request for the same on June 3, 2019. This response is for both requests.

Your OPRA request sought access to the following:

(1) “list of all residential properties...that have had the water shut off
anytime between 11.1.18 and 5.19.19..(June 3, OPRA: 11/30/2018 and
5/30/2019).”

This request seeks information or asks questions and does not identify
specific government records. As such, your request is an invalid OPRA
request and is denied. When a request is “complex” because it fails to
specifically identify the documents sought, then that request is not
“encompassed” by OPRA. See New Jersey Builders Association v. New Jersey
Council on Affordable Housing, 390 N.J.Super. 166, 180 (App. Div. 2007). A
proper request under OPRA must identify with reasonable clarity those
documents that are desired, and a party cannot satisfy this requirement by
simply requesting all of an agency's documents. See Bent v. Stafford Police
Department, 381 N.J.Super. 30, 37 (App. Div. 2005). Custodians are not
required to conduct research or create new records in response to an OPRA
request. Simply put, the Township documents shut-offs by address and does
not keep a running document listing shut-offs.

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 Township of Verona 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.

Jennifer Kiernan, RMC
Municipal Clerk
Township of Verona
600 Bloomfield Avenue
Verona, NJ 07044
973.857.4770
https://www.veronanj.org/clerk

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Jennifer Kiernan, Verona Township

I, Jennifer Kiernan, the official Records Custodian for the Township of
Verona received your initial OPRA request on June 3, 2019. As such, the
seven (7) business day deadline to respond to your request is June 12, 2019.
This response to your request is being provided on the 5th day of the
Custodian’s receipt of said request. Also, the Township received an OPRA
request for the same on June 3, 2019. This response is for both requests.

Your OPRA request sought access to the following:

(1) “list of all residential properties...that have had the water shut off
anytime between 11.30.18 and 5.30.19.”

This request seeks information or asks questions and does not identify
specific government records. As such, your request is an invalid OPRA
request and is denied. When a request is “complex” because it fails to
specifically identify the documents sought, then that request is not
“encompassed” by OPRA. See New Jersey Builders Association v. New Jersey
Council on Affordable Housing, 390 N.J.Super. 166, 180 (App. Div. 2007). A
proper request under OPRA must identify with reasonable clarity those
documents that are desired, and a party cannot satisfy this requirement by
simply requesting all of an agency's documents. See Bent v. Stafford Police
Department, 381 N.J.Super. 30, 37 (App. Div. 2005). Custodians are not
required to conduct research or create new records in response to an OPRA
request. Simply put, the Township documents shut-offs by address and does
not keep a running document listing shut-offs.

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 Township of Verona 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.

Jennifer Kiernan, RMC
Municipal Clerk
Township of Verona
600 Bloomfield Avenue
Verona, NJ 07044
973.857.4770
https://www.veronanj.org/clerk

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