Lead Testing for School Drinking Water (Andover Town Clerk)

Eesha Pendharkar filed this request with the Andover Town Clerk of Andover, MA.
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From: Eesha Pendharkar

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

1. A list of all schools under the jurisdiction of this agency.
2. All results for individual lead testing conducted by your town/city on drinking water in schools under the jurisdiction of this agency since January 1, 2017.
3. All meeting minutes or communications - including but not limited to memos, emails, notes, and analytical reports - regarding:
a. the decision to decline MA DEP assistance - technical or otherwise - for the testing of school drinking water
b. levels of lead found in water used by schools under the jurisdiction of this agency since 1 January, 2017.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection database for school drinking water testing for lead, public schools within this town did not volunteer for the state's assistance program, which offered free testing to schools.
(For reference: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/water/drinking/testing-assistance-for-lead-in-school-drinking-water.html)

Please provide this information on a rolling basis or contact me at eesha@bu.edu if you have any questions at all about the contents of this request.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Eesha Pendharkar

From:

Dear Eesha Pendharkar,

As the school district's Records Access Officer I was provided with a copy of your Public Record Request (Referenced below). After consulting with various town agencies I gathered and providing, herewith, the following information:

1. A list of all schools under the jurisdiction of this agency.

Response: Please see attachment

2. All results for individual lead testing conducted by your town/city on drinking water in schools under the jurisdiction of this agency since January 1, 2017.

Response: I have attached copies of reports filed with MassDEP during 2017 for all 10 district schools and sampling results from the Bancroft, Sanborn and Shawsheen.

3. All meeting minutes or communications - including but not limited to memos, emails, notes, and analytical reports - regarding:
a. the decision to decline MA DEP assistance - technical or otherwise - for the testing of school drinking water
b. levels of lead found in water used by schools under the jurisdiction of this agency since 1 January, 2017.
Response: Regarding communications, please be advised that I have made the following good faith estimate of the time and cost required to fulfill your request should production be made:

Task

Estimated Time/Pages

Rate

Estimated Cost

Search, Compilation, Review and Redaction Time

405 total hours

(6,081 records at approximately 4 minutes per record)

$25.00 per hour

$10,135.00

Credit for first two
hours of time

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$25.00 per hour

($50.00)

Total Estimated Cost:

$10,085.00

Please note that the following search criteria was used: "drinking water"; "lead"; "school" and on or after "2016-01-01". Many of these are non-responsive but if you wish this detail you must be more specific. However, you may find that the request is not necessary after you review the attachment titled "Lead in School Drinking Water Assistance Program-May 1st 2018 Deadline".

Please review the attached supporting information. If upon your review you require clarification or additional information I would be happy to acknowledge.

Sincerely,

Paul P. Szymanski, RAO

Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Administration

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