Executive Session Minutes (Plymouth County) (Mattapoisett Town Clerk)

Caitlin Russell filed this request with the Mattapoisett Town Clerk of Mattapoisett, MA.


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:

To whom it may concern,
Pursuant to Massachusetts General Law Chapter 66, Section 10, I'm requesting all executive session minutes generated, by the Swansea 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 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.


Caitlin Russell

From: Caitlin Russell

My apologies for the error in my previous email in which I requested Swansea's board minutes. I'm seeking the executive session minutes produced by the town of Mattapoisett's board of selectmen for the years 2010-2015. Thank you.
Caitlin Russell

From: Catherine Heuberger

I have forwarded your request to our Town Administrator. He is consulting with our Town Counsel and they will be responding to your request.

Catherine L Heuberger
Town Clerk
Town of Mattapoisett
16 Main Street
P O Box 89
Mattapoisett MA 02739
508-758-4100 X 207
508-758-4121 Fax

From: Melody Pacheco

To Whom It May Concern:

The Town of Mattapoisett is in receipt of your request, dated October 25, 2016, for all Board of Selectmen executive session minutes from 2010-2015. The Town has records responsive to your request, and will provide those executive session meeting minutes which may be disclosed at this time, at no charge. Please note, however, that requested executive session meeting minutes are under review, and it is anticipated that those minutes that will be released will not be available until after the Board of Selectmen's next scheduled meeting on November 21, 2016.

You will be informed if any of the requested minutes will be withheld because the purpose for the executive session has not yet expired, pursuant to G.L. c. 66, s.10, G.L. c.4, s.7 (26) and G.L. c. 30A, s.21. Reasons for the executive sessions at issue include but are not limited to personal and personnel matters, collective bargaining, ongoing litigation, strategy with respect to collective bargaining and litigation where open session would be detrimental to the Town's collective bargaining or litigation strategy, value of real property, and others. Where the purposes of any session or portion thereof have not been met, the minutes or portion thereof will be withheld from disclosure pursuant to the exemptions to the Public Records Law, G.L.c.4, s.7(26). Furthermore, it is anticipated that information may be redacted from any released executive session meeting minutes pursuant to the attorney-client privilege. More specific information in this regard will follow, as the minutes are reviewed and released.


Michael J. Gagne
Town Administrator
Town of Mattapoisett

From: Caitlin Russell

I was wondering if you might be able to provide me with an estimated date of completion for the public records request I sent to your office seeking executive session minutes from the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen for the years 2010-2015. Thank you!
Caitlin Russell

From: Melody Pacheco

Good afternoon……………

Currently we are in the middle of finishing up getting ready for our Town Meeting on May 8, 2017.
We are wondering if we can comply by May 12, 2017.

Please advise.

Thank you.

Mel Pacheco
Town of Mattapoisett

From: Caitlin Russell

That would be great. Thanks!

From: Michael Gagne

Hi Caitlin, Please find attached the Town of Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen Executive Session Minutes as you have requested. I will send you a second e-mail with the balance of this file.

Respectfully, Michael J. Gagne
Town Administrator, Mattapoisett

From: Michael Gagne

Hi Caitlin, Please find attached the balance of the Minutes for Mattapoisett as you requested.

Respectfully, Michael J. Gagne
Town of Mattapoisett