Municipal materials re: gas leak identification and replacement. (Auburn Town Clerk)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Auburn Town Clerk of Auburn, MA.
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From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, I hereby request the following records:

• All policies regarding the identification and replacement of gas line infrastructure within the municipality

• All requests made to the Massachusetts Department of Public Works for information related to gas leaks, as allowed for by the Massachusetts General Laws (https://malegislature.gov/Laws/SessionLaws/Acts/2014/Chapter149)

• All available gas line information regarding the location and severity of gas leaks within this jurisdiction

• The existing schedule of planned or proposed municipal construction projects to occur in the year 2015

• All notifications made to relevant gas companies regarding "the undertaking of a significant project on a public way exposing confirmed natural gas infrastructure," as required by Massachusetts law.

• All "repair and replacement" schedules of gas leaks provided to the municipality by gas companies within this jurisdiction, as provided for by Massachusetts General Laws

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 fees cannot be waived, 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 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Beryl Lipton

From: Julie Jacobson

Please find attached a copy of this reply in letter format which I am transmitting to you via this email. For your convenience, it is copied below.

Dear Beryl:

I am in receipt of your Public Records Request dated June 30, 2015 which was sent to the Auburn Town Clerk’s office. Since I am the official keeper of the records that you requested, your email request was forwarded to me on July 2, 2015.

First, you cite the Freedom of Information Act in your request. Please be advised that the federal Freedom of Information Act is a statute that applies to federal records. The Massachusetts Public Records Law applies to records created by or in the custody of a state or local agency, board or other government entity. As such, the following response is made solely in response to your request under the Massachusetts Public Records Law, as the Freedom of Information act does not apply in this circumstance.

The Town’s response to the items you requested is in blue with attachments:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, you requested the following records:

• All policies regarding the identification and replacement of gas line infrastructure within the municipality.
The Town of Auburn does not have any policies regarding the identification and replacement of gas line infrastructure within the municipality.

• All requests made to the Massachusetts Department of Public Works for information related to gas leaks, as allowed for by the Massachusetts General Laws https://malegislature.gov/Laws/SessionLaws/Acts/2014/Chapter149.
The Town of Auburn has not made any such requests to the Massachusetts Department of Public Works.

• All available gas line information regarding the location and severity of gas leaks within this jurisdiction.
The Town of Auburn has no information relative to the location and severity of gas leaks within this jurisdiction.

• The existing schedule of planned or proposed municipal construction projects to occur in the year 2015.
The below roads are scheduled for construction in the year 2015.
STREET LOCATION LENGTH
Bay Ridge Road Ravine Drive to Alpine Trail 500 ft.
Burnett Street Rochdale Street to Worcester City Line 4380 ft.
Brook Road Rockland Road to end 350 ft.
Curtis Street Upland Road to #70 Curtis Street 1825 ft.
Federal Hill Road Old Meetinghouse Road to Condominiums 190 ft.
George Street Stone Street to South Street 790 ft.
Goulding Drive #9 Goulding Drive to end 1730 ft.
Grove Street Stone Street to end 770 ft.
Heritage Drive Old Meetinghouse Road to Appleton Road 615 ft.
Hickory Lane Arrowhead Avenue to Saratoga Road 560 ft.
Highland Street Auburn Street to Pearl Street 1200 ft.
Jefferson Drive Mount View Avenue to end 770 ft.
Karen Avenue Burnett Street to Lorna Drive 410 ft.
Lorna Drive Rochdale Street to John William Drive 2975 ft.
Mount View Avenue Arrowhead Avenue to #19 Mount View Avenue 275 ft.
Munger Drive Arrowhead Avenue to end 510 ft.
Ravine Drive Shore Drive to Bay Ridge Road 180 ft.
Sara Drive Lorna Drive to end 540 ft.
Shore Drive Woodland Road to #27 Shore Drive 750 ft.
Stone Street #1 Stone Street to South Street 2230 ft.
Westlund Avenue Harrison Avenue to #9 Westlund Avenue 300 ft.
Wethered Street Highland Street to Rockland Road 300 ft.

In addition, the new Middle School is under construction and will be completed this month.

• All notifications made to relevant gas companies regarding "the undertaking of a significant project on a public way exposing confirmed natural gas infrastructure," as required by Massachusetts law.
See response above.

• All "repair and replacement" schedules of gas leaks provided to the municipality by gas companies within this jurisdiction, as provided for by Massachusetts General Laws.
Attached are copies of all road opening permits requested by Eversource (formerly NStar) in 2015.

Since the cost to provide these documents was under $10.00, there will be no charge.

Warm Regards,
Julie A. Jacobson
Julie A. Jacobson
Town Manager

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Town of Auburn
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Auburn, MA 01501

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From: Beryl Lipton

Hello Ms. Jacobson,

Thank you so much for your response!

Have a lovely evening,
Beryl

From: Julie Jacobson

Thank you.

Warm Regards,
Julie A. Jacobson

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