Gas leaks policies and data - Middlesex County (Melrose City Clerk)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Melrose City Clerk of Melrose, MA.


From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any and all directive materials and data regarding the location and repair of gas leaks within this municipality.

Please include any ordinances, policies, procedures, or related materials regarding:

• the necessity of gas companies to report existing gas leaks to municipal officials
• the necessity of gas companies to survey areas for the existence of gas leaks
• the necessity of gas companies to repair known gas leaks

Please also include any data, statistics, maps, and other materials detailing the location and severity of known gas leaks in the areas under the jurisdiction of this municipality. Please include any data acquired from the Department of Public Utilities regarding gas leaks within this municipality.

Please include all requests from gas companies for construction and digging related to gas leaks.

Please include all requests for repair made by this municipality to companies regarding gas leaks. Please also provide all responses.

Please provide all data, statistics, maps, and other materials regarding the decay or destruction of trees and other foliage in relation to the presence of gas leaks.

If further clarification is necessary, please contact the MuckRock office at 617-299-1832.

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, 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.


Beryl Lipton

From: O'Shea, Mary Rita

Good afternoon Mr. Lipton,
Attached to this e-mail please find the City of Melrose, Public Works Dept. response to your public records request. Please know that the Fire Chief and Police Chief have informed me that they have no records and/or information regarding this request.

If you have any questions, please call.

Mary-Rita O’Shea

Mary-Rita O’Shea, City Clerk
562 Main Street
Melrose, MA 02176

(781) 979-4116

From: O'Shea, Mary Rita

Mr. Lipton,
This is a correction to my previous e-mail saying that the Police Chief had no records when it should have stated that the Building Inspector had no records and/or information regarding this request.

Mary-Rita O’Shea, City Clerk
Melrose, MA 02176

From: Scenna, John

To whom it may concern,

Please consider this correspondence our formal response to the formal public records request below.

In Melrose, gas system upgrades and repairs are monitored mainly through street opening permits. I have attached a sample permit application and subsequent ordinances that help the Engineering Division of the Public Works Department administer and enforce said permit. Also attached is an excel listing of all National Grid gas repair street opening permits for 2015 and 2016. Melrose Public Works does not govern nor take part in the decision making process concerning what repairs are to be made and the priority of how leaks are repaired. It is our understanding that a Grade Level is assigned to particular leaks by National Grid personnel and repairs are scheduled according to the level assigned to each repair.

We have also checked internally and neither the Inspectional Service Department or the Fire Department have any additional records of gas leaks.

Please let me know if you have any questions in regards to the information provided or if you need any additional information.

John V. Scenna
Director of Public Works
City of Melrose
DPW Operations Facility
72 Tremont Street, Melrose, MA
781-665-0142 ext. 15<>
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From: Beryl Lipton

Hello Mr. Scenna,

Thanks so much for your help with this. I'll let you know if I have any other questions!

Have a lovely weekend,