In accordance with the Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Act (Act 3 of 2008) all records maintained by Thornbury Township are public records, unless the records are (a) specifically exempted by Section 708 of Act 3, (b) exempted by another state or Federal Law, and/or (c) exempted by a judicial decree or order.
To request a public record complete a Right-To-Know Request Form, and submit it to the Township’s Open Records Office. Requests for information may be submitted to the Open Records Office via e-mail, fax, or telephone, or delivered to the Township Building.
All requests for information are filled in accordance with the Pennsylvania Right-To-Know Act (Act 3 of 2008). Most notably, a response to each request will be provided within five business days of the filing of the request. And if a request is denied by the Open Records Officer, a reason(s) for denial will be provided, with information on how to appeal the decision of the Open Records Officer.
OPEN RECORDS OFFICE CONTACT INFORMATION
The Township does not charge a fee to locate the public information but the Township does charge nominal duplication fees. In addition, the township charges actual postage fees if the public information is mailed to the requestor.
Per the Act, the Township reserves the right to require pre-payment of fees when fees are estimated to exceed $100.00. The Township also reserves the right to waive any fee.
HOW DO I APPEAL A DECISION OF THE OPEN RECORDS OFFICER?
An appeal of the decision of the Open Records Officer must be filed with the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records within fifteen (15) business days of the date of denial. All appeals may be forwarded to:
Appeals Office, Chester County
Pennsylvania Office of Open Records
400 North Street, Plaza Level
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225
The Office of Open Records may be contacted by telephone at 717-346-9903, or by e-mail at OpenRecords@state.pa.us.