Thursday, May 7, 2009

Longport settles "sunshine" lawsuit

At its May 6, 2009 meeting, the Board of Commissioners for the Borough of Longport Borough (Atlantic County) agreed to settle my Open Public Records Act and Open Public Meetings Act suit.

I sued Longport, along with sixteen other Atlantic County municipalities last September, because the Borough failed to provide me with closed session minutes until several months after the closed session occurred, and because the Board of Commissioners privately discussed topics that were outside of the scope of topics that the Commissioners told the public would be privately discussed.

In the settlement agreement, Longport's Board of Commissioners agreed to definite deadlines for production of its closed meeting minutes and agreed to more carefully identify the topics that they discuss privately. The Borough also agreed to reimburse me $59.78 as its share of my out-of-pockets costs in bringing the lawsuit.

The settlement agreement and other documents are on-line here

Longport is the seventh municipality to settle with me. The others are Buena Vista Township, Egg Harbor City, Folsom Borough, Margate City, Mullica Township and Northfield City. Those settlement agreements are on-line here

John Paff
Somerset, New Jersey

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