MassDOT Tree Removals in Somerville (Department of Transportation)

Chris Dwan filed this request with the Department of Transportation of Massachusetts.
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From: Chris Dwan


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

All documents related to the removal of trees along any rail right of way in Somerville, including the Green Line Extension (GLX), from 2016 through the present.

Please include any site surveys, existing condition documents, and tree inventories done prior to the removal, as well as any schedules for plantings in the future.

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 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Chris Dwan

From: Department of Transportation

Please note that the City of Boston Transportation Department has no
records responsive to this request.

Best,
Tracey Ganiatsos

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Carla Tankle <carla.tankle@boston.gov>
Date: Tue, Sep 4, 2018 at 10:43 AM
Subject: Fwd: Massachusetts Public Records Law Request: MassDOT Tree
Removals in Somerville (Department of Transportation)
To: Tracey Ganiatsos <tracey.ganiatsos@boston.gov>

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From: <requests@muckrock.com>
Date: Tue, Sep 4, 2018 at 5:00 AM
Subject: RE: Massachusetts Public Records Law Request: MassDOT Tree
Removals in Somerville (Department of Transportation)
To: <btd@boston.gov>
CC: <Nelly.Diaz-Gonzalez@state.ma.us>

Department of Transportation
PRL Office
Suite 3170
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Boston, MA 02116
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September 4, 2018

This is a follow up to a previous request:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Massachusetts Public Records Law
request, copied below, and originally submitted on Aug. 20, 2018. Please
let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further
clarification is needed.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

Filed via MuckRock.com
E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com
Upload documents directly: https://www.muckrock.com/accounts/agency_login/
department-of-transporation-162/massdot-tree-removals-in-
somerville-department-of-transportation-59674/?email=
btd%40boston.gov&uuid-login=218b9dee-9972-41c7-b7e6-
a82b5d76cd1b#agency-reply
Is this email coming to the wrong contact? Something else wrong? Use the
above link to let us know.

For mailed responses, please address (see note):
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 59674
411A Highland Ave
<https://maps.google.com/?q=411A+Highland+Ave+Somerville,+MA+02144&entry=gmail&source=g>
Somerville, MA 02144
<https://maps.google.com/?q=411A+Highland+Ave+Somerville,+MA+02144&entry=gmail&source=g>
-2516

PLEASE NOTE: This request is not filed by a MuckRock staff member, but is
being sent through MuckRock by the above in order to better track, share,
and manage public records requests. Also note that improperly addressed
(i.e., with the requester's name rather than "MuckRock News" and the
department number) requests might be returned as undeliverable.

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On Aug. 20, 2018:

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, I hereby request the
following records:

All documents related to the removal of trees along any rail right of way
in Somerville, including the Green Line Extension (GLX), from 2016 through
the present.

Please include any site surveys, existing condition documents, and tree
inventories done prior to the removal, as well as any schedules for
plantings in the future.

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 business
days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Chris Dwan

Filed via MuckRock.com
E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com
Upload documents directly: https://www.muckrock.com/accounts/agency_login/
department-of-transporation-162/massdot-tree-removals-in-
somerville-department-of-transportation-59674/?email=
btd%40boston.gov&uuid-login=218b9dee-9972-41c7-b7e6-
a82b5d76cd1b#agency-reply
Is this email coming to the wrong contact? Something else wrong? Use the
above link to let us know.

For mailed responses, please address (see note):
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 59674
411A Highland Ave
<https://maps.google.com/?q=411A+Highland+Ave+Somerville,+MA+02144&entry=gmail&source=g>
Somerville, MA 02144
<https://maps.google.com/?q=411A+Highland+Ave+Somerville,+MA+02144&entry=gmail&source=g>
-2516

PLEASE NOTE: This request is not filed by a MuckRock staff member, but is
being sent through MuckRock by the above in order to better track, share,
and manage public records requests. Also note that improperly addressed
(i.e., with the requester's name rather than "MuckRock News" and the
department number) requests might be returned as undeliverable.

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<https://www.boston.gov/departments/transportation>

Carla Tankle

Office of the Commissioner

Boston Transportation Department

617-635-2447 (w)

**The City of Boston is subject to MGL: Chpt.66, Sec.10 Public Records Law
<https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleX/Chapter66/Section10>.
Email sent or received by City employees are subject to these laws. Unless
otherwise exempted from the public records law, senders and receivers of
City email should presume that the email are subject to release upon
request, and to state record retention requirements.
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Tracey C. Ganiatsos, Public Information Manager
Boston Transportation Department
# 617-635-4811
tracey.ganiatsos@boston.gov

From: Chris Dwan

Thank you for this response.

My request was to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, not the City of Boston Transportation Department.

Does the state have any documents that are responsive to this request?

Thank you.

From: Department of Transportation

Good Morning,

Please note that I responded previously and I would appreciate it if you
would remove the City of Boston from the email list for this request. As
your request concerns the removal of trees in the City of Somerville, the
Boston Transportation Department has no records responsive to this request.

Thank you.
Best,
Tracey

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Tracey C. Ganiatsos, Public Information Manager
Boston Transportation Department
# 617-635-4811
tracey.ganiatsos@boston.gov

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