Dighton Board of Selectmen

Caitlin Russell filed this request with the Dighton Board of Selectmen of Dighton, MA.
Tracking # SPR16-863
Est. Completion None
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Awaiting Appeal

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From: Caitlin Russell

To whom it may concern,
Pursuant to Massachusetts General Law Chapter 66, Section 10, I'm requesting all executive session minutes generated, by the Dighton Board of Selectmen for the years 2010 through the of end 2015.
Massachusetts law requires that executive session minutes be reviewed and released regularly, and that once the stated purpose for a particular executive session has ended, the minutes of the executive sessions are to be made public. Once released, I plan to make the information available to the public online, free of charge.
Please be advised that denial of this request, or redactions made to released materials must be accompanied by citations of the exemptions you believe allow you to withhold the information requested.
I'm requesting that any fees be waived, as I believe the release of these materials is in the public interest, however, if fees cannot be waived, I ask that you include a good faith estimate of the anticipated fees in your response. I also request that the materials be provided electronically in an email attachment, or if that is not possible, on a CD-ROM. If neither of these options are available, I'd be happy to receive the documents via snail mail, or come to your municipal offices in person to pick them up.
If you are in need of any further clarification regarding this request, please do not hesitate to contact me at 774-634-6176 with your questions. If I do not pick up, please leave me a voicemail and I will be sure to get back to you. Thank you for your attention to this request.
Sincerely,
Caitlin Russell

From: Sue Medeiros

Dear Ms. Russell,

Please be advised that your email was opened and read today (July 18, 2016), whereas I was on vacation the week of July 11th. I have
forwarded your public records request to the Board of Selectmen's office.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Susana Medeiros
Dighton Town Clerk

From: Karin Brady

Good Morning Ms. Russell

This office is in receipt of your records request. Unfortunately the Executive minutes that you requested have not been released and are not public information.

Thank you for your request.

Sincerely,

Karin L. Brady
Administrative Assistant/Office Manager
Board of Selectmen
Town of Dighton
This electronic message including attachments, contains information that is confidential and/or privileged and is intended only for the use of the individual or entity named above. If you have received this communication in error, please notify me at (508) 669-6431 and purge the communication immediately without making any copy of distribution. The unauthorized use, dissemination, distribution or reporduction of this electronic message, including attachments, is prohibited and may be unlawful.

From: Caitlin Russell

I apologize if I was unclear in my previous email. I'm requesting that the Board review the minutes, determine which are appropriate for release, and if it withholds any or all of the minutes, I'm asking that the Board cite the exemptions under the Massachusetts Public Records Law which allows it to do so. Massachusetts General Law Chapter 30A, Section 22 requires that the Board review executive session minutes at "reasonable intervals", and I think it is reasonable to call 5-6 years a more than reasonable interval. If the Board is unwilling or unable to comply with the request, I'll be filing an appeal with the Supervisor of Records, so please let me know if the Board changes its position. Thank you.
Caitlin Russell

From: Karin Brady

Good Afternoon Mr. Russell

I am responding to your email to let you know that am in the process of obtaining the minutes that you requested. I will need a little more time, but hope to have something to you in the next week or so.

Sincerely,

Karin L. Brady
Administrative Assistant/Office Manager
Board of Selectmen
Town of Dighton
This electronic message including attachments, contains information that is confidential and/or privileged and is intended only for the use of the individual or entity named above. If you have received this communication in error, please notify me at (508) 669-6431 and purge the communication immediately without making any copy of distribution. The unauthorized use, dissemination, distribution or reporduction of this electronic message, including attachments, is prohibited and may be unlawful.

From: Karin Brady

Good Morning Ms. Russell,

I am in receipt of your email and I am currently gathering and reviewing the records that you requested. They should be in your hands by the end of this week.

Thank you

Sincerely,

Karin L. Brady
Administrative Assistant/Office Manager
Board of Selectmen
Town of Dighton
This electronic message including attachments, contains information that is confidential and/or privileged and is intended only for the use of the individual or entity named above. If you have received this communication in error, please notify me at (508) 669-6431 and purge the communication immediately without making any copy of distribution. The unauthorized use, dissemination, distribution or reporduction of this electronic message, including attachments, is prohibited and may be unlawful.

From: Karin Brady

Ms. Russell

Here are the first of the documents that you requested. More to follow.

Thank you
Sincerely,

Karin L. Brady
Administrative Assistant/Office Manager
Board of Selectmen
Town of Dighton
This electronic message including attachments, contains information that is confidential and/or privileged and is intended only for the use of the individual or entity named above. If you have received this communication in error, please notify me at (508) 669-6431 and purge the communication immediately without making any copy of distribution. The unauthorized use, dissemination, distribution or reporduction of this electronic message, including attachments, is prohibited and may be unlawful.

From: Caitlin Russell

I’m appealing the rejection of a public records request for the review and release of Board of Selectmen executive session minutes for the years 2010-2015. I believe the records custodian’s failure to respond to numerous follow up requests after providing a tiny portion of the documents requested constitutes a rejection of the request.
Best,
Caitlin Russell

From: Sullivan, Kellie (SEC)

Good morning,

Thank you, received and acknowledged.

Kellie Sullivan
Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth
Public Records Division
One Ashburton Place, Room 1719
Boston, MA 02108
617-727-2832

From: Dighton Board of Selectmen

A letter stating that the request appeal has been received and is being processed.

From: Karin Brady

Good Morning Ms. Russell

I apologize for any confusion that I may have caused with the response provided to your records request of July 10, 2016. The minutes that were provided to you were all of the minutes that could be released to the public. It is the board of selectmen's position that the rest of the requested minutes are related to grievances filed or pending litigation and cannot be released as public information.

I should have issued an additional response outlining their position as a follow up to my email of 8/16 which implied that there would be more minutes to follow.

I apologize for any inconvenience that this oversight may have caused.

Sincerely,

Karin L. Brady
Administrative Assistant/Office Manager
Board of Selectmen
Town of Dighton
This electronic message including attachments, contains information that is confidential and/or privileged and is intended only for the use of the individual or entity named above. If you have received this communication in error, please notify me at (508) 669-6431 and purge the communication immediately without making any copy of distribution. The unauthorized use, dissemination, distribution or reporduction of this electronic message, including attachments, is prohibited and may be unlawful.

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