Union County (NJ) contracts/MOUs re: Elizabeth Detention Center

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Union County (NJ) of Union County, NJ.
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From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Open Public Records Act ("OPRA"), I hereby request the following records:

All contracts (and their amendments) and memorandums of understanding entered into by Union County, New Jersey for services and activities related to the Elizabeth Detention Center (https://www.cca.com/facilities/elizabeth-detention-center)

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 7 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Beryl C.D. Lipton

From: Opra

Dear Ms. Lipton:

Please see the memo below.

Kathryn M. Noonan
Confidential Secretary to Freeholders
OPRA Compliance
Office of the Clerk of the Board
Union County Administration Building, 6th Floor
10 Elizabethtown Plaza
Elizabeth, New Jersey 07207
Telephone: 908 527-4157 Facsimile 908-558-0915
Email: Knoonan@ucnj.org<mailto:Knoonan@ucnj.org>

To: Ms. Beryl C.D. Lipton


From: James E. Pellettiere, RMC, Clerk of the Board

Date: January 2, 2015

Re: Open Public Records Act (OPRA) Request(s) Acknowledgment

This office received your OPRA request for “all contracts (and their amendments) and memorandums of understanding entered into by Union County, New Jersey for services and activities related to the Elizabeth Detention Center” on January 2, 2015. The OPRA law requires that a response be provided within seven (7) business days, beginning the first business day after receipt of the request. We will have a response prepared by January 13, 2015. We will contact you and provide a page count and price, should you wish to purchase any copies. You also have the option of viewing the records in the Clerk of the Board’s office. If the records are available electronically, they can be provided via email if preferred. There is no charge for email or to inspect a document.

Pursuant to Ordinance 710-2010, adopted on October 14, 2010, the following fee schedule applies for photocopies: first page to tenth page: no charge; eleventh page and every page thereafter: $.05 per page for documents that are letter-sized or smaller, and $.07 per page for documents that are legal-sized or larger. There shall be a limit of thirty (30) pages forwarded via facsimile to any requestor, per request, and the fee schedule is as follows: first page to tenth page: no charge; eleventh page to thirtieth page: $.05 per page for letter-sized documents, and $.07 per page for legal-sized documents.

If you wish to have records mailed or faxed to you, we kindly ask that you remit payment to the following address:

Office of the Clerk of the Board
Union County Administration Building – 6th Floor
10 Elizabethtown Plaza, Elizabeth, NJ 07207

Please do not send cash; kindly make a check or money order payable to the County of Union. We will provide the documents upon receipt of payment. If no information is available, or falls under a category protected by law, our response will provide an explanation.

OPRA ordinarily grants immediate access to budgets, bills, vouchers, contracts (including collective negotiations agreements and individual employment contracts), and public employee salary and overtime information. However, it may take longer to complete requests for immediately accessible documents depending on the amount of material requested, medium requested, if redaction is required, or if records are in storage. For all other records: documents stored in archive, those that require redaction as provided by law, or requests that require an extensive amount of work to complete may take longer than seven (7) business days to compile.

In accordance with the OPRA, requests that require an extensive amount of effort to complete may be subject to a special service charge in addition to the statutory per-page fees. Special service fees, if applicable, are determined on a case-by-case basis and you will be informed of the charge prior to it being incurred. The archive fee is $2.00 per box—in addition to the statutory per-page copy fees—and you will be informed of any fees prior to the charge being incurred. Please be advised that work on such requests will not begin until receipt of the special service charge and/or archive fees.

If your OPRA request is denied, you have a right to appeal the decision. You may take your appeal to the New Jersey Government Records Council (GRC) or the New Jersey Superior Court, as provided by N.J.S.A. 47:1A-6 and 7. For additional information on the appeal process, please visit: http://www.nj.gov/grc/register/appeal/.

We thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation and patience while we work to fill your request. If you have any questions, please call this office at (908) 527-4178 or (908) 527-4157.

From: Opra

Dear Ms. Lipton,

This email constitutes a formal and complete response to your OPRA request of January 2, 2015 for records as to the Elizabeth Detention Center. Please be advised that Union County is not the custodian of records for the Elizabeth Detention Center and has no records to provide. Thank you.

Kathryn M. Noonan
Confidential Secretary to Freeholders
OPRA Compliance
Office of the Clerk of the Board
Union County Administration Building, 6th Floor
10 Elizabethtown Plaza
Elizabeth, New Jersey 07207
Telephone: 908 527-4157 Facsimile 908-558-0915
Email: Knoonan@ucnj.org<mailto:Knoonan@ucnj.org>

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From: Beryl Lipton

Hello Ms. Noonan,

I'm wondering if a request reflecting the following language would yield any responsive materials.

Thanks so much,
Beryl

All contracts (and their amendments), memorandums of understanding, intergovernmental service agreements, and any agreements of any sort entered into by Union County, NJ for all services, equipment, and activities involving/provided by/contracted for regarding the Elizabeth Detention Center and any facilities associated with it through any of the aforementioned agreements regarding the facility.

Responsive materials should include but not be limited to:

• the initial Invitation to Bid, Request for Proposal, or equivalent call for contractors
• the responsive materials provided by the winning bidder
• all other vendor responses
• all evaluation material, scorecards, reports, and notes generated in the selection process
• the current contract
• all exhibits
• all amendments
• all invoices/receipts detailing compensation received as a result of any agreements
• all agreements related to the provision of services, such as water, sewage, natural gas, garbage, etc.
• all financial agreements (such as loans or bonds) entered into as a result or in association with any of the aforementioned agreements
• all agreements, invoices, and related materials regarding the use of inmate labor

From: Opra

Dear Ms. Lipton,

This email constitutes a formal and complete response to your August 26, 2015 OPRA request for "All contracts (and their amendments), memorandums of understanding, intergovernmental service agreements, and any agreements of any sort entered into by Union County, NJ for all services, equipment, and activities involving/provided by/contracted for regarding the Elizabeth Detention Center and any facilities associated with it through any of the aforementioned agreements regarding the facility..."

To clarify, please be advised there are no contracts/amendments, memorandums of understanding, or intergovernmental service agreements between the county and the Elizabeth Detention Center; the county has no involvement with this entity. As such, there are no documents to provide for your request.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Marlena

Marlena M. Russo
OPRA Compliance Manager
Office of the Clerk of the Board
Union County Administration Building, 6th Floor
10 Elizabethtown Plaza
Elizabeth, NJ 07207
Phone: 908.527.4178 / Fax: 908.558.0915 / Email: opra@ucnj.org<mailto:opra@ucnj.org>

________________________________
NOTICE OF CONFIDENTIALITY
This message, including any prior messages and attachments, may contain advisory, consultative and/or deliberative material, confidential information or privileged communications of the County of Union. Access to this message by anyone other than the sender and the intended recipient(s) is unauthorized. If you are not the intended recipient of this message, any disclosure, copying, distribution or action taken or not taken in reliance on it, without the expressed written consent of the County, is prohibited. If you have received this message in error, you should not save, scan, transmit, print, use or disseminate this message or any information contained in this message in any way and you should promptly delete or destroy this message and all copies of it. Please notify the sender by return e-mail if you have received this message in error.

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