The Plainfield Township Board of Supervisors continuously strive for open and transparent government. The governing body has formally adopted a resolution in order to comply with the Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Law, Act 3 of 2008.
If you wish to make a request for public information under the Right-to-Know law, you may do so in person, by fax or e-mail. Please follow the procedure below.
Download a Right-To-Know Request Form or request one in person at the Plainfield Township Municipal Building. You may also obtain forms from the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records website at http://openrecords.state.pa.us/
Submit the request form to:
Plainfield Township Right-to-Know/Open Records Officer
Thomas R. Petrucci, Township Manager
6292 Sullivan Trail
Nazareth, PA 18064
Please keep in mind the following:
The Right-to-Know Officer must respond to your request within 5 business days.
A fee of $0.25 per page will be assessed for all requests. If mailing is requested, the cost of postage will be charged. If a disk is requested, it will be provided by the Township at the cost of $1.00 per disk.
A new disk will be necessary each time records are provided. Fax copies will be available at the cost of $0.50 per page. If “True and Correct Certification” is requested, an additional charge of $2.00 will be added. The Township will require prepayment if the total fees are estimated to exceed $100.00.
The cost of the reproduction of Specialized Documents (including but not limited to blueprints and non-standard size documents, etc.) shall be billed at Actual Cost.
Any questions may be directed to the Right-to-Know/Open Records Officer at 610-759-6944 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
FILING OF APPEAL PROCESS
(a) Authorization. — (1) If a written request for access to a record is denied or deemed denied, the requester may file an appeal with the Office of Open Records or judicial, legislative or other appeals officer designated under section 503(d) within 15 business days of the mailing date of the agency’s response or within 15 business days of a deemed denial. The appeal shall state the grounds upon which the requester asserts that the record is a public record, legislative record or financial record and shall address any grounds stated by the agency for delaying or denying the request. (2) Except as provided in section 503(d), in the case of an appeal of a decision by a Commonwealth agency or local agency, the Office of Open Records shall assign an appeals officer to review the denial.
(b) Determination. — (1) Unless the requester agrees otherwise, the appeals officer shall make a final determination which shall be mailed to the requester and the agency within 30 days of receipt of the appeal filed under subsection (a). (2) If the appeals officer fails to issue a final determination within 30 days, the appeal is deemed denied. (3) Prior to issuing a final determination, a hearing may be conducted. The determination by the appeals officer shall be a final order. The appeals officer shall provide a written explanation of the reason for the decision to the requester and the agency.
(c) Direct interest. — (1) A person other than the agency or requester with a direct interest in the record subject to an appeal under this section may, within 15 days following receipt of actual knowledge of the appeal but no later than the date the appeals officer issues an order, file a written request to provide information or to appear before the appeals officer or to file information in support of the requester’s or agency’s position. (2) The appeals officer may grant a request under paragraph (1) if: (i) no hearing has been held; (ii) the appeals officer has not yet issued its order; and (iii) the appeals officer believes the information will be probative. (3) Copies of the written request shall be sent to the agency and the requester.