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Rochester defends advisory group in Right-to-Know trial

DOVER — Rochester city leaders defended a Rochester nonpublic advisory group and the city’s photocopying policy Thursday during a daylong Right-to-Know bench trial in Strafford County Superior Court.

Resident Paul Martin is suing Rochester over its technical review group. He claims the TRG’s closed-off meetings with Planning Board applicants ahead of the Planning Board’s public review violate public information laws.

Martin’s suit also claims the city makes it difficult to obtain records related to the TRG and Rochester’s public city bodies. One such way, Martin claims, is by allegedly charging significantly more for copies than it costs to produce them. Rochester charges 50 cents a page for the first 10 pages, then 10 cents for each page thereafter. Martin’s attorney, Tony Soltani, argued in court Thursday that Rochester is making a profit because recent city financial documents appear to illustrate the city’s real cost could be around .0399 cents per page. Read more in Foster’s Daily Democrat.

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