Right to Know Policy

Right to Know Policy 2017-06-30T10:40:27+00:00

Open Records Officer:

The township hereby designates Micah Lewis, Assistant Township Manager, as the Township Open Records Officer.

The Open Records Officer may be reached at the township’s municipal offices, 100 Municipal Drive, Newtown, PA 18940, by phone (215) 968-2800 ext.211, or by email at openrecords@newtownpa.gov

General:

All documents deemed public records shall be available for inspection, retrieval, and duplication at the Municipal Building during established business hours 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, with the exception of weekends and holidays.

Requests:

Requests shall be made in writing to the Township Open Records Office on a form provided by the township.

Fees:

Paper copies shall be .25 cents per page per side. The certification of a record is $1.00 per record. Specialized documents including, but not limited to, blue prints, color copies, and non-standard sized documents shall be charged the actual cost of production. If mailing is requested, the cost of postage will be charged. The Township shall require prepayment if the total fees are estimated to exceed $100.00.

Response:

The Township shall make a good-faith effort to provide the requested public record(s) as promptly as possible. The Open Records Officer shall cooperate with those requesting records to review and/or duplicate original Township documents while taking reasonable measures to protect Township documents from the possibility of theft, damage, and/or modification.

The Open Records Officer shall review all written requests for access to public records. As soon as possible, but no later than five business days after receiving a written request to access public records, the Open Records Officer shall respond to such requests in writing consistent with Act 3 of 2008, the Right-to-Know Law.

If access to a record is denied, the response shall include a reason for denial as stipulated in Act 3 of 2008, the Right-to-Know Law.

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