Open Records Policy (Right To Know)
Open Record Officer
The Township hereby designates Donna M. Asure as the Township Open Records Officer. The Open Records Officer may be reached at:
1606 Sullivan Trail
Easton, PA 18040
Your request should be made in writing addressed to the Open Records Officer on the Standard Right to Know Request Form (PDF). This form is also available at the Township Municipal Office. Please mail, email, or drop off your request form.
Township Grant or Denial of Request
Some documents contain protected information under the Right to Know Law, and these documents, or portions of them, may not be considered Public Records. The Open Records Officer will send a response to you in writing, explaining the information required under the law, including any special measure that may be required to protect the township documents from the possibility of theft, damage, and/or modification; if a denial, the reason for the denial; if more time is required, then the Township shall follow the procedures set forth under the Right to Know Law. You may be required to pay a fee or fees as set forth here below.
You will be required to remit fees to the Township for the costs of your requests. These may include twenty five cents per copy per page per side. The certification of a record cost is one dollar per record. Specialized documents such as blue prints, color copies, non-standard sized documents, and the like, shall cost the actual amount for the reproduction. If you would like to have documents mailed to you, the cost of postage will also be assessed. If your request will amount to one hundred dollars ($100) or more, you will be required to remit the fees in advance.
Inspection, Retrieval, & Duplication
After the Open Records Officer has communicated to you with regard to your request and fees, you can make arrangements with regard to inspection, retrieval and duplication of any and all documents that are deemed to be public records. If your request does not require any special handling, then the documents can be viewed and/or duplicated at the Municipal Building during established business days and hours, with the exception of any days that the building may be closed.
The Open Records Officer will work with you concerning any request that may require special viewing and/or duplication for any reason, including but not necessarily limited to the size and/or volume of the documents requested.
Information Regarding Appeals
You must file an appeal within 15 business days of the Township's response or writing 15 business days of a deemed denial.
You may file an appeal in writing if your written request is denied or deemed denied by the Township. Send the appeal to:
Office of Open Records
333 Market Street, 16th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17101-2234
When a request is denied as seeking exempt criminal investigative records of a local agency, appeals may be filed within 15 business days of the agency's response with:
Northampton County District Attorney's Office
669 Washington Street
Easton, PA 18042
Your written Appeal must state the grounds upon which you, the requester, assert that the record(s) requested is/area public record(s), and you shall state the grounds that the Township has stated for delaying or denying your request.
The Township intends that this Policy shall implement the Pennsylvania Right to Know Law and if any aspect of the Policy is not consistent or is not included herein, then the Pennsylvania Right to Know Law controls. This policy has been duly enacted by the Board of Supervisors of Forks Township by means of Resolution.
Transparency in Coverage Rule
Readable files will be available after July 1, 2022. This link leads to the machine readable files that are made available in response to the federal Transparency in Coverage Rule and includes negotiated service rates and out-of-network allowed amounts between health plans and healthcare providers. The machine-readable files are formatted to allow researchers, regulators, and application developers to more easily access and analyze data.