Town Administrator and Website Committee Chairman emails

Phil Shannon filed this request with the Town Administrator's Office of Carver, MA.
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From: Phil Shannon

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 am requesting all email messages from Carver Town Administrator Richard Lafond's email account, that were sent to (including cc) and received from Steven Dewhurst, the Carver Website Committee Chairman, between August 1st 2010 and April 30th 2013. This is part of my effort to create a more transparent government, and to bring the Website Committee goals out into the open.

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 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Philip Shannon

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on May 9, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Phil Shannon

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on May 9, 2013 by mail to the Carver Town Hall. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on May 9, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on May 9, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on May 9, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on May 9, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on May 9, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Phil Shannon

Hello,

The records request below was sent to the recently retired Town Clerk for several weeks without reply. Please confirm receipt.

Thank you.

From: Lynn Doyle

Good Morning Mr. Shannon,

I apologize for any confusion. As you noted in your previous email, my predecessor, Jean McGillicuddy, is, and has been retired for several months now. I was elected in April at the annual town election.

I have not had access to Jean's email, so I have not been aware of this request until today. After the first few email attempts, I would only imagine you would call our office to inquire as to the delayed response, but we do not have any record of that.

To address your request for access to all email messages between our previous Town Administrator; Richard LaFond and Website Committee Chair; Steven Dewhurst, I may only forward this request to the Town Administrator's Office and copy Ellen Smith from I.T. Support, for my office is not privy to this information.

The Town Clerk's Office takes pride in our customer service. In the future, please do not hesitate to contact us at (508) 866-3403 or email our office at town.clerk@carverma.org (this email is linked to everyone in our office) if you have any questions or concerns.

Respectfully,

From: Phil Shannon

Ms. Weston,

The Town Clerk indicated that the records request below was forwarded to your office. Please confirm receipt.

Thank you.

From: Elaine Weston

Mr. Shannon,

I am in receipt of your e-mail. I will need an additional 10 days to research your request and prepare a response.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on May 9, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on May 9, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on May 9, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Elaine Weston

Mr. Shannon,

In response to your request for emails between former Town Administrator
LaFond and Website Committee Chair Dewhurst, I will be sending a series of
emails and attachments to follow (including the attached).


From: Elaine Weston

Elaine Weston

Assistant to the Town Administrator

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Assistant to the Town Administrator

From: Elaine Weston

Elaine Weston

Assistant to the Town Administrator

From: Elaine Weston

Elaine Weston
Assistant to the Town Administrator
Town of Carver
108 Main Street
Carver, MA 02330
508-866-3401
Fax: 508-866-4213

-----Original Message-----
From: Richard LaFond [mailto:Richard.Lafond@carverma.org]
Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 8:55 AM
To: 'Stephen C. Dewhurst'; 'Robert Bentley'; 'ellen.blanchard@carverma.org'
Subject: FW: Website

I am forwarding concerns of Helen Marrone regarding the latest feature of
the website. I would recommend that the committee meet as soon as possible
to discuss these concerns.

Rick

-----Original Message-----
From: Helen Marrone [mailto:helenmarrone2012@gmail.com]
Sent: Monday, September 10, 2012 5:00 PM
To: Richard LaFond
Cc: Michael O'Donnell
Subject: Re: Website

Rick,
My responses below. I highly recommend the link be shut down. Since we are
not meeting tonight, perhaps Steve can do it during this time slot.

On 9/10/12, Richard LaFond <Richard.Lafond@carverma.org> wrote:
> Helen,
>
> I have emailed Steve to let him know that you will not be available
> tonight and let him know of the options for next week. I was finally
> able to speak to Steve over the weekend. After considering the request
> he spoke to me this morning about the issues presented with suspending
> the service.
>
> According to Steve (abbreviated version):
>
> 1. It will take more than just a few minutes and Steve would need to
> carve out time to "undo" the programming and test it to make sure that
> it didn't have any other impacts on the site.

Helen: We need to do this as soon as possible. Until we have policies and
procedures we should have a basic one way site; not interactive.
>
> 2. There are many people who have subscribed and would be expecting
> the notification of events as they have requested. He would not want
> to be responsible for anybody missing an event because they are
> expecting a notice.

Helen: I am sure the residents will understand that the site is a work in
progress.

>
> 3. The committee as a whole voted to add this service after
> researching other communities' websites and he is concerned about his
> authority to change this without further discussion with the committee.

Helen: This is why we need policies and procedures. The website committee
should not be making decisions like this without BOS approval. I am sure
the small committee is easy to get ahold of and discuss.
>
>
> He also discussed with me the security of the site including the fact
> that our site doesn't require anything more than an email whereas some
> other sites require additional personal information in order to subscribe.

Helen: There are other privacy issues. We need to find out (I have a call
into AG office) to see if once a person submits their e-mail address; if it
becomes public information. Bottom line, we need policies and procedures.
>
> I know that he was eager to discuss this with us tonight and was very
> confident that we would have a better understanding and comfort level
> with this feature and the website in general.
>
> I will let you know what day works for him next week and suggest that
> the web committee perhaps schedule a meeting for that night so that if
> there is anything they should vote on with regard to this that they
> can do
so.
>
> Although I wish our request was more easy to accommodate I can
> understand the issues involved for him and am disappointed that we
> can't discuss them tonight. That being said I know that the fire dept.
> invite was sent out on Friday so we weren't aware at the time we
> schedule this. And, Steve did ask me to pass along his cell number
> (508-866-9400)and encouraged you to call him to personally discuss the
matter until we can meet.

Helen: I would prefer all of our conversations to be addressed with others
present.
>
> Rick
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Helen Marrone [mailto:helenmarrone2012@gmail.com]
> Sent: Monday, September 10, 2012 11:35 AM
> To: Richard LaFond
> Cc: Michael O'Donnell
> Subject: Re: Website
>
> Hi Rick
> Have you confirmed with Steve Dewhurst that the link has been
> suspended until further notice? Also, the Selectmen received a last
> minute invitation to the Carver Firefighter's Annual Banquet. I had
> asked Craig about this month's ago, so I need to attend. Therefore,
> we will need to reschedule our Website meeting from tonight to another
> night. Please let me know a few dates that everyone can get together.
> I am available Monday, 17th at 7:30, Tuesday the 18th after 7 or
> Thursday, the 20th after 6:30.
>
> Thank you.
>
> Helen
>
>
On 9/7/12, Richard LaFond <Richard.Lafond@carverma.org> wrote:
>> Helen,
>>
>> Ellen Blanchard was nice enough to get out an email to the other
>> members of the website committee regarding the concerns expressed.
>> Steve Dewhurst is the individual who is able to physically do the
>> work to take the feature off line. I have played phone tag with hime
>> and expect to speak to him later.
>> In
>> the meantime, although it is too late for the website committee to
>> post a meeting for Monday I would really like for a few of us to meet
>> to discuss the concerns asap. Would you be available Monday night
>> about
> 7:30?
>>
>>
>> Rick
>>
>
>

From: Elaine Weston

Elaine Weston

Assistant to the Town Administrator

From: Elaine Weston

Elaine Weston

Assistant to the Town Administrator

From: Elaine Weston

Elaine Weston

Assistant to the Town Administrator

From: Elaine Weston

Elaine Weston

Assistant to the Town Administrator

From: Elaine Weston

Elaine Weston

Assistant to the Town Administrator

From: Elaine Weston

Elaine Weston

Assistant to the Town Administrator

From: Elaine Weston

Elaine Weston

Assistant to the Town Administrator

From: Elaine Weston

Elaine Weston

Assistant to the Town Administrator

From: Elaine Weston

Elaine Weston

Assistant to the Town Administrator

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