Monday, November 26, 2012

OPMA suit filed in Hunterdon County

On November 8, 2012, a Pittstown woman, working without an attorney,  filed an Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) lawsuit against the Franklin Township (Hunterdon County) Land Use Board.  A copy of the lawsuit, captioned Bailey v. Franklin Township Land Use Board, Docket No. HNT-L-617-12, is on-line here.

In her suit, Marie Bailey alleges that the Board notified only one newspaper, instead of the two required by N.J.S.A. 10:4-8(d), of an upcoming special meeting.  She also alleges that the Board violated the OPMA by not providing her with draft minutes of the special meetings when she requested them over a month after the meeting took place. 

The matter has been assigned to Hon. Peter A. Buchsbaum and there are currently no proceedings scheduled.

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