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Request Meeting Agenda's / Documents for Borough of South River Mayor and Council - for all Business and Regular Mayor & Council Meetings in calendar year 1998, 1999

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Dear South River 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:

Dear South River 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:

1. Request Meeting Agenda's / Documents for Borough of South River Mayor and Council - for all Business and Regular Mayor & Council Meetings in calendar year 1998.

2. Request Meeting Agenda's / Documents for Borough of South River Mayor and Council - for all Business and Regular Mayor & Council Meetings in calendar year 1999.

Yours faithfully,

Yours faithfully,

NJ-SR for Open Gov

Bill Bray, South River Borough

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Dear Anonymous Requestor,

The Borough of South River received your Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request on May 6, 2019. The official Records Custodian, William Bray, received your OPRA request on May 6, 2019. As such, the seven (7) business day deadline to respond to your request is May 15, 2019. This response to your request is being provided to you on the 7th business day after the custodian’s receipt of said request.

Your OPRA request sought access to the following:

"1. Request Meeting Agenda's / Documents for Borough of South River Mayor and Council - for all Business and Regular Mayor & Council Meetings in calendar year 1998.

2. Request Meeting Agenda's / Documents for Borough of South River Mayor and Council - for all Business and Regular Mayor & Council Meetings in calendar year 1999."

Attached in this and several additional emails are the Meeting Minutes from 1998 and 1999 that include the agendas.

Your request 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.

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 South River 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.

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Bill Bray, South River Borough

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