The EssexWatch Document Library will be hosting a selection of documents, most of which are relevant to our various issue campaigns.
This is just a basic feature we are adding in order to share information with others who are interested in doing their own research and analysis, and viewing the facts for themselves.
All documents hosted in the Library were obtained via Open Public Records Act (OPRA) requests, or through other legitimate channels. Non-public or privileged information will not be made available here.
If you have any documents pertinent to our issue campaigns that you would like to share with others here, please let us know using the Contact page.
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Belleville Town Council
SCI Investigative Report of Municipal Government in Belleville **New** – A 1993 report by the State of New Jersey on the corruption found in Belleville government
Planning and Development
Belleville Zoning Ordinances **New**
Belleville Northeast Development Proposal by Maser – August 2014 plan approved by the Planning Board
Soho Project Proposed Plans – zip archive containing photos of architectural plans as of 7/9/2015 submitted to us
Affordable Housing / COAH
Belleville Housing Element & Fair Share Housing Plan – required filing by the Council under COAH/Mount Laurel. Draft version submitted to the courts on Dec 7, 2015, with request for extension until April 1, 2016. Read pages 20 and 30 very carefully to see an example of the Council’s intentions with this development plan.
Trust Fund Spending Plan – same as above, submitted with Housing Plan.
Belleville Board of Education
Athletic Advisory Council accounting records – May 2010 to April 2014
Payments to Marange Printing – former Board Trustee and now-Councilman Joe Longo was a sales rep for Marange, and was serving on the Board while contracting services with his own company
Belleville BOE AMR Audit Findings 2013 – Financial audit of the school district, June 2013
Belleville BOE AMR Audit Findings 2014 – Financial audit, June 2014
Belleville BOE Financial Audit Synopsis 2014-2015 – Financial audit, June 2015
Clarity Surveillance System
Nutley Board of Commissioners
Nutley Township Master Plan – adopted 2012
Ordinance 3301 – Salary Range Increases – by request
Video Recording Regulations – adopted Sept 15, 2015 by the BOC for each of the governing bodies in town
Nutley Board of Education
Dome-Tech TriTech – by request
Planning and Development
East Centre Street Development – by request
Nutley Township OPRA request form – OPRA requests can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Essex County voter registration form – Not a registered voter? All you need to do is fill out this form, and drop it in the mail!
Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA, or “The Sunshine Law”) – The enacted legislation governing all public meetings
Open Public Meetings Act – The complete guide published by the New Jersey State League of Municipalities
Office of the State Comptroller
NJSBA Nominating Petition for School Board Elections – Want to run for your local Board of Education? This form will help you get started.
The Faulkner Act / Optional Municipal Charter Law – N.J.S.A. 40:69A-1 et seq. provides New Jersey municipalities with a variety of models of local government.
Research on School Security: The Impact of Security Measures on Students – A study by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)