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Man can’t file Right-To-Know requests in Londonderry Township until suit is resolved

Posted 2/13/18

Glenn Harmon is prohibited from filing any more Right-To-Know requests with Londonderry Township, until Dauphin County Court decides on the merits of a lawsuit that the township filed against Harmon …

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Man can’t file Right-To-Know requests in Londonderry Township until suit is resolved

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Glenn Harmon is prohibited from filing any more Right-To-Know requests with Londonderry Township, until Dauphin County Court decides on the merits of a lawsuit that the township filed against Harmon on Jan. 31.

Harmon is also prohibited from filing any more appeals of township decisions regarding his Right-To-Know requests with the state Office of Open Records, until the court decides on the merits of the lawsuit filed by the township.

Both prohibitions are included in a court order dated Feb. 5 signed by Dauphin County Court Judge John McNally, who has been assigned the case. Harmon provided a copy of McNally’s order to the Press & Journal via Harmon’s Facebook page.

The township in its lawsuit contends that Harmon is using the Right-To-Know requests and appeals to wage a campaign of costly harassment against the township, over the township seeking to enforce flood plain ordinances on the Susquehanna River.

Harmon says he has a 200-year lease for a summer cabin on Shelley Island. He has had the cottage on the island since 1969.

Harmon told the Press & Journal that his filing of Right-To-Know requests and appeals to the township is not related to the township seeking to enforce its flood plain ordinance.

Harmon also says he is not one of the recreational lot tenants on Beshore Island and the northern portion of Shelley Island who as things stand are losing their recreational lot leases due to the compliance agreement between the township and island owners York Haven Power Co. that was signed by both parties in 2016. York Haven has since been acquired by Cube Hydro Partners.

Instead, Harmon says the township has filed the lawsuit because it is trying to prevent the disclosure of information through Harmon’s requests that would be “embarrassing, costly and even unlawful” to Londonderry Township.

The township says that Harmon’s requests and appeals have cost the township $85,000 in just the four months from August through mid-December 2017.

If Harmon is allowed to continue filing his requests and appeals at the same pace, the township projects he will cost the township $250,000 throughout 2018 — or more than 12 percent of the township’s total operating revenue and 3,300 employee working hours.

Harmon currently lives in Florida. He has a permanent address in New Cumberland, according to the lawsuit.