|Submitted||May 2, 2018|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:
All emails between city council and animal control, sent between March 1, 2018 and the date this request is processed. In addition, I am seeking all emails between animal control and the Forever Paws animal shelter, for the same time period.
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.
Good Afternoon Mr. Anderson:
I received your request via fax for all emails between the City Council and Animal Control between March 1, 2018 to present and also all emails between animal control and Forever Paws Animal Shelter. My office does not have this information, however I have forwarded your request to our IT department.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.
Have a great day,
Stephanie M. Macomber
Asst. City Clerk
133 William St.
New Bedford, MA 02740
Dear Mr. Anderson,
This letter is in response to your request for public records pursuant to the provisions of M.G.L. c.66, § 10 (the "Public Records Law") which was received by the City Clerk's Office on May 3, 2018. In your letter dated May 2, 2018, you request, "all emails between city council and animal control, sent between March 1, 2018 and the date this request is processed. In addition, I am seeking all emails between animal control and Forever Paws animal shelter, for the same time period."
The responsive documents are attached. The City has redacted the name, identifying information, and highly personal information of specific individuals on these documents pursuant to exemption (c), which permits the withholding of "materials or data relating to a specifically named individual, the disclosure of which may constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy." Categories of indentifying information redacted under this exemption include home telephone numbers and home addresses.
You have the right to appeal this determination to the Supervisor of Records under 950 CMR 32.081(1) within 90 calendar days of this response. Any appeal shall be in writing and include a copy of your original request and this letter. By law, the Supervisor is required to respond within 10 business days of receipt of your appeal. You may also seek judicial review of an unfavorable response by commencing a civil action in the superior court under G.L. c. 66, section 10A(c).
Lisa A. Presby
Legal Services Coordinator
City of New Bedford
Office of the City Solicitor
133 William Street - Room 203
New Bedford, MA 02740-6163
Tel. (508) 979-1460
Fax (508) 979-1515
Thanks so much for your help with this request! I really appreciate it.