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Omar made this OPRA request to Berlin Borough as part of a batch sent to 22 authorities

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Dear Berlin 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, and thank you for your consideration of the following matter.

Public records requested:

1. Addresses of all residential properties (Property Class 2) that are marked as vacant and/or abandoned
2. Addresses of all residential properties (Property Class 2) that are marked as condemned
3. Addresses of all residential properties (Property Class 2) that have had a notice of abatement issued, specifically from 1/1/2022 to the present day
4. Addresses of all residential properties (Property Class 2) that are fire damaged, specifically from 1/1/2022 to the present day
5. Addresses of all residential properties with delinquent property taxes, specifically for the past 2 quarters
6. Addresses of all residential properties with delinquent water and sewer bills, specifically for the past 2 quarters
7. Addresses of all residential properties with an active municipal owned lien
8. Addresses of all residential properties that have had a code enforcement compliant opened for high grass and/or junk/debris, specifically from 1/1/2022 to the present day
9. Addresses of all residential properties that have had a landlord file for eviction, specifically from 1/1/2022 to the present day
10. Addresses of all residential properties for which a Lis Pendens Notice has been filed, specifically from 1/1/2022 to the present day

You may redact all confidential and personal information under N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1, but I am requesting the addressees of such properties. I am requesting the above public records in electronic form, preferably in Excel format.

Yours faithfully,

Omar

Michaela Bosler, Berlin Borough

Hi Omar,

Your OPRA Request was received by the Borough of Berlin on 5/17/2022. Your OPRA Request is numbered as 2022-05-14 and seeks the following:

“1. Addresses of all residential properties (Property Class 2) that are marked as vacant and/or abandoned 2. Addresses of all residential properties (Property Class 2) that are marked as condemned 3. Addresses of all residential properties (Property Class 2) that have had a notice of abatement issued, specifically from 1/1/2022 to the present day 4. Addresses of all residential properties (Property Class 2) that are fire damaged, specifically from 1/1/2022 to the present day 5. Addresses of all residential properties with delinquent property taxes, specifically for the past 2 quarters 6. Addresses of all residential properties with delinquent water and sewer bills, specifically for the past 2 quarters 7. Addresses of all residential properties with an active municipal owned lien 8. Addresses of all residential properties that have had a code enforcement compliant opened for high grass and/or junk/debris, specifically from 1/1/2022 to the present day 9. Addresses of all residential properties that have had a landlord file for eviction, specifically from 1/1/2022 to the present day 10. Addresses of all residential properties for which a Lis Pendens Notice has been filed, specifically from 1/1/2022 to the present day"

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 Berlin 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.

Michaela Bosler, RMC, CMR
Municipal Clerk/Registrar

Borough of Berlin
59 S. White Horse Pike
Berlin, NJ 08009
Phone #: (856) 767-7777 ext. 311

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Michaela Bosler, Berlin Borough

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Omar,

In response to your OPRA Request 2022-05-14, please review the findings below:

Attached are records responsive to your request.
1. Attached
2. Record not maintained by municipality
3. Record not maintained by municipality
4. No records
5. Attached
6. Attached
7. Attached
8. Attached
9. Record not maintained by municipality
10. Record not maintained by municipality

Should you disagree with my finding, please allow me the opportunity to converse with you for potential further clarification before proceeding with steps listed below.

If you feel a record has been denied or omitted, please see information below as to you options:

C.47:1A-6 Proceeding to challenge denial of access to record.
A person who is denied access to a government record by the custodian of the record, at the option of the requester, may:

- Institute a proceeding to challenge the custodian's decision by filing an action in Superior Court which shall be heard in the vicinage where it is filed by a Superior Court Judge who has been designated to hear such cases because of that judge's knowledge and expertise in matters relating to access to government records; or

- In lieu of filing an action in Superior Court, file a complaint with the Government Records Council established pursuant to section 8 of P.L. 2001, c.404 (C.47:1A-7).

The right to institute any proceeding under this section shall be solely that of the requestor. Any such proceeding shall proceed in a summary or expedited manner. The public agency shall have the burden of proving that the denial of access is authorized by law. If it is determined that access has been improperly denied, the court or agency head shall order that access be allowed. A requestor who prevails in any proceeding shall be entitled to reasonable attorney's fee.

Michaela Bosler, RMC, CMR
Municipal Clerk/Registrar

Borough of Berlin
59 S. White Horse Pike
Berlin, NJ 08009
Phone #: (856) 767-7777 ext. 311

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