Problem Properties Task Force Communications

Maggie Mulvihill filed this request with the Boston Inspectional Services Department of Boston, MA.
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From: Maggie Mulvihill

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, ยง10, I hereby request the following records:

I request access all communications between the parties of the Problem Properties Task Force, along with the master files concerning each property.

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, 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 business days, as the statute requires.


Maggie Mulvihill

From: Boston Inspectional Services Department

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Lisa Timberlake

March 4, 2014

MuckRock News

DEPT MR 10600

PO Box 55819

Boston, MA 02205-5819

Attn: Ms. Maggie Mulvihill

*RE: Your Public Records Request Dated February 23, 2014*

Dear Ms. Mulvihill:

I am writing to inform you that the Inspectional Services Department has
received your request for public records dated February 23, 2014. As your
request concerns the communications of individuals from multiple City
Departments, we are still in the process of reviewing all responsive
documents and will need to determine whether any of the responsive
documents will be exempt under the applicable provisions of the
Massachusetts Public Records Law as well as an estimate for the total cost.

If you wish to modify your request please notify me promptly in writing.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.


Marcus Hughes

Assistant Corporation Counsel

(617) 635-4049
Lisa M. Timberlake
Inspectional Services Dept.
1010 Mass Ave.
Boston, MA 02118
Tel. 617-961-3429


To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 23, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Lisa Timberlake

I am in receipt of your follow up email regarding your records request.
However, inorder to proceed I need the following clarified:

1. you requested "access all communications between the parties of the
Problem Properties Task Force" please define by parties,


Lisa M. Timberlake
Lisa M. Timberlake
Inspectional Services Dept.
1010 Mass Ave.
Boston, MA 02118
Tel. 617-961-3429

From: Maggie Mulvihill

Hi Lisa - per our conversation on Friday, I will redirect this request to the city of Boston corporation counsel and will copy you on our amended request.


From: George Bahnan

Hello Maggie,

My name is George, I'm a paralegal at the Corporation Counsel's Office. I
understand you will be amending a FOIA request you recently made. In your
amended request, could you please specify what you exactly mean by parties,
whether it be communications between certain people or the entire
department. Also, is there a specific timeline you were looking for, maybe
the last year? Or are you looking for something more than that? Please
specify in your amended request the above mentioned issues and we will do
our best to accommodate you. Thank you.
George T. Bahnan
Law Department
City Hall, Room 615
Pho: (617) 635-2902
Fax: (617) 635-2012