Right to Know Requests
HOW CAN A CITIZEN REQUEST A PUBLIC RECORD?
Only written requests on the standard Open Records Request form will be honored. Written requests can be submitted in person, by mail or email, or by fax to the Open Records Officer.
FIVE (5) BUSINESS DAYS
FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF DOCUMENTS EXEMPT FROM THE OPEN RECORDS ACT, PLEASE CONSULT THE PENNSYLVANIA OPEN RECORDS LAW.
THE NEW LAW PROVIDES, BECAUSE ALL RECORDS ARE PRESUMED TO BE PUBLIC RECORDS, THAT THE BOROUGH BEARS THE BURDEN OF PROVING, THAT THE PUBLIC RECORD IS SUBJECT TO ONE OF THE EXEMPTIONS TO DISCLOSURE.
- WHAT HAPPENS IF THE BOROUGH DENIES A REQUEST, REDACTS INFORMATION, OR FAILS TO RESPOND AND THE REQUESTER WANTS TO CHALLENGE THE DENIAL?
IF THE OPEN RECORDS OFFICER DENIES THE REQUEST, THE REQUESTER CAN FILE AN APPEAL WITH THE OFFICE OF OPEN RECORDS WITHIN 15 DAYS. THE OFFICE OF OPEN RECORDS WILL REVIEW THE REQUEST AND RESPONSE AND WILL ISSUE A FINAL DETERMINATION. EITHER THE REQUESTOR OR THE BOROUGH CAN APPEAL DECISION OF THE OFFICE OF OPEN RECORDS TO THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS.
RIGHT TO KNOW FORM
Please do not use the Right to Know form if you are seeking records pertinent to Zoning Verification reports, utility certifications for commercial/residential property sales or refinancing, Fire Department incident reports, or Police Department accident reports, as all are handled outside of the Right to Know Law, and have fees imposed as per the current year Fee Schedule (PDF). To obtain one of the aforementioned reports, please contact Borough Hall to speak with the respective department.
Use the Right to Know Form (PDF) to complete your request, and be sure to complete the form entirely.
RIGHT TO KNOW POLICY
Please carefully read the Borough's Right to Know policy (PDF) before submitting your Right to Know request.
PENNSYLVANIA RIGHT TO KNOW LAW OFFICE
For more information on the Right to Know Law, visit the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records website