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9. NJ has an Open Public Records Act
Fri May 10, 2024, 05:07 PM
May 10

but when I requested the transcripts of several closed session meetings that concerned the road that I live on, the "minutes" were pretty much redacted except for the name of my road. So even then, there's room for hanky-panky.

I could have spent thousands of dollars in legal fees and spent several months of back and forth negotiations just to find out that the township was denying ownership of the road they had maintained, plowed and collected refuse from for more than 65 years- but received a legal notice of that before I could do that.

$70,000 later, we own the road and need to maintain it ourselves. We were able to squeeze the municipality to continue to collect garbage and recycling.

I just had to vent here.
Please keep in mind that I am a former council member and mayor as well as spent decades in community volunteering. I quit everything.

Everything a township does should be completely transparent. I know from experience that closed session discussions can be a slippery slope that can be abused easily.

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