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Open Government Advocacy Project:
Lawrence Township Legal Bills Online

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I chair the New Jersey Libertarian Party\'s Open Government Advocacy Project which works to make government agencies--especially local and county government agencies--more transparent and accountable to the public. One way to find out what your municipal government is doing is to submit an Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request for the municipal attorney\'s legal services invoices. I submitted such a request to Lawrence Township Clerk Ruth Dawson and received the responsive documents today. As a public service, I\'ve uploaded the invoices to the Internet at the following link: At the link is the Township\'s legal services contract with Thomas E. Seeley\'s law office and that office\'s billings for services performed between September 15, 2010 and October 6, 2011. The documents show that Mr. Seeley has billed the Township for $23,644.04 for services and related costs during that period. He makes $150 per hour and charges the Township 30c for each photocopy his office makes and $1 for each page his office faxes. (Note: Separate from the $23,644.04 and not included in the file on-line are invoices for the firm\'s tax foreclosure work.) Interested citizens could learn more about the matters Mr. Seeley worked on (e.g. the \"Developmental and District Regulation Ordinance(s)\" that Mr. Seeley spent sixteen hours working ($2,400) on July 28, 2011) may submit an OPRA request to Clerk Nichols. OPRA requests can be submitted by e-mail to Clerk Dawson at ruthdawson@comcast.net Just put \"OPRA request\" in the subject line and put \"Please accept this e-mail as my request for government records in accordance with the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) and the common law right of access\" as the first line in the e-mail\'s body. Then, provide a list of the records that you would like copies of. We hope that readers find this information helpful. Sincerely, John Paff, Chairman New Jersey Libertarian Party\'s Open Government Advocacy Projectpaff@pobox.com November 29, 2011




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