Granted: Mt. Carmel Twp. attorney's contract

Granted: A request to Mount Carmel Township for its contract with legal counsel, including hourly rate and explanation of fees, which the township failed to respond to.

The township responded to the initial request by invoking the 30-day extension to reply, and advised that a response would be provided by Dec. 9. The requester filed an appeal to the Office of Open Records on Dec. 14, when he had not yet received a response from the township.

The township did not provide grounds for withholding the records in response to correspondence from the OOR.

"Contracts with agencies are public records, specifically as “financial records” by definition," the OOR wrote in its determination.

"The township did not dispute the public nature of the records requested or contend that responsive records do not exist. As the township failed to overcome the presumption of openness because it did not submit evidence to justify withholding the information, it must disclose the records."

Mychak vs. Mount Carmel Township AP 2009-1107