Executive Session Minutes (Barnstable County) (Falmouth Town Clerk)

Caitlin Russell filed this request with the Falmouth Town Clerk of Falmouth, MA.
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From: Caitlin Russell

To Whom It May Concern:

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

I'm requesting all executive session minutes generated by the 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.
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 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 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Caitlin Russell

From: Michael Palmer

Good Morning,

I have forwarded your request to Town Manager/Board of Selectmen’s Office.
Regards,

Michael

Michael Palmer, CMC/CMMC

Falmouth Town Clerk

<mailto:mpalmer@falmouthmass.us> mpalmer@falmouthmass.us

508-495-7353

From: Diane Davidson

Dear Ms. Russell,

We have received your public records request, below. I am in the process of compiling this information, and will contact you when the information is ready to transmit.

Thank you,

Diane S. Davidson

Office Manager/Licensing

Office of the Town Manager and Selectmen

Town of Falmouth

59 Town Hall Square

Falmouth, MA 02540

(508) 495-7321 fax (508) 457-2573

From: Diane Davidson

Dear Ms. Russell,

Attached please find released executive session minutes of the Falmouth Board of Selectmen for the period of 2010 through 2015 per your request. These minutes also appear on the Town’s website.

Sincerely,

Diane S. Davidson

Office Manager/Licensing

Office of the Town Manager and Selectmen

Town of Falmouth

59 Town Hall Square

Falmouth, MA 02540

(508) 495-7321 fax (508) 457-2573

From: Caitlin Russell

Hello,
Can you tell me which, if any, minutes are being withheld, and which exemptions apply to those minutes? Thanks!
Caitlin

From: Diane Davidson

Caitlin,

We have received your request for public records and will respond to this request by 1/20/17.

Thank you.

Diane

From: Diane Davidson

Dear Ms. Russell,

In reply to your follow-up question, to the original public records request to which we responded, “which, if any, minutes are being withheld, and which exemptions apply to those minutes?”, attached is a list of executive session minutes that are not released. The Board of Selectmen periodically reviews the executive session minutes to determine whether continued non-disclosure is warranted. When executive session minutes are released, they are published alongside the open session minutes on our Town website.
Best regards,

Diane

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