Authorizations and hearings for tree removal

Chris Dwan filed this request with the Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development of Somerville, MA.

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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 permits issued for the removal of trees on Beacon Street in Somerville, MA from 2015 to the present.
* A list of all public hearings planned, announced or held from 2015 to the present that concern one or more trees on Beacon Street.
* All advertisements, announcements, notices, and materials presented at any of the tree hearings described above.
* The names and dates of service for all individuals who have served as Somerville's "Tree Warden" or "Deputy Tree Warden" from 2015 to the present.

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: Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development

Chris,

On behalf of the City of Somerville, I respectfully request until May 25, 2018 to respond to the request below. One of the staff members who has the information is out of the office until next week and I would like to make sure there is adequate time to address your request. Please let me know if this is acceptable. Thank you.

David Shapiro

David Shapiro
Assistant City Solicitor
City of Somerville
93 Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA 02143
Phone: 617-625-6600 Extn. 4409
Fax: 617-776-8847
dshapiro@somervillema.gov<mailto:dshapiro@somervillema.gov>

From: Chris Dwan

Mr Shapiro,

If an additional two weeks will give the city sufficient time to generate accurate and complete
responses to the requested items, that is acceptable to me.

Thank you for your response.

-Chris Dwan

From: Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development

Dear Mr. Dwan,

Attached in this email are documents responsive to your public records request. Also included below are links that include responsive documentation. Steven MacEachern was the Tree Warden during this time.

Also included are relevant links that may contain responsive documentation.

Four trees on Beacon Street were included in the Emerald Ash Borer tree hearing on May 25th, 2016. Here is the information regarding that meeting:

1) Link to presentation: http://archive.somervillema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Somerville EAB Presentation 5.25.16.pdf<http://archive.somervillema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Somerville%20EAB%20Presentation%205.25.16.pdf>

2) Tree removal notice that was posted on the trees (NOTICE of tree removal public hearing.rtf, attached).

3) Calendar event: http://archive.somervillema.gov/calendar/public-tree-hearing-notice

4) EAB website: http://archive.somervillema.gov/EAB

Six trees on Beacon street were discussed at a public tree hearing held on April 23rd, 2018. Here is the information regarding that meeting:

1) https://www.somervillema.gov/news/public-hearing-discuss-removal-remaining-trees-beacon-street-reconstruction-project-april-23

2) https://www.somervillema.gov/events/2018/04/23/public-hearing-discuss-tree-removal-beacon-st-reconstruction

3) Additional notices and documents regarding this hearing are attached (including the posting that was placed on each of the six trees, the abutter notification letter, the Somerville Times tree hearing notices, and the slides that were presented at the meeting).

Additional documents regarding the project:
https://www.somervillema.gov/beaconstreet
http://archive.somervillema.gov/node/1012305

https://www.somervillema.gov/news/community-meeting-discuss-beacon-street-project-march-19
https://www.somervillema.gov/events/2018/03/19/beacon-street-reconstruction-updates-and-qa
https://www.somervillema.gov/events/2017/06/26/community-meeting-discuss-beacon-street-project
https://www.somervillema.gov/news/community-meeting-discuss-beacon-street-project-june-26
https://www.somervillema.gov/news/drop-meeting-discuss-beacon-street-reconstruction-oct-26
https://www.somervillema.gov/events/2016/10/26/drop-meeting-discuss-beacon-street-reconstruction
http://archive.somervillema.gov/calendar/beacon-street-community-update-1
http://archive.somervillema.gov/calendar/drop-meeting-discuss-beacon-street-reconstruction

http://archive.somervillema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Somerville%20%E2%80%93Reconstruction%20of%20Beacon%20Street%5B2%5D.pdf
http://archive.somervillema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/10-15-MeetingNotes.pdf
https://www.somervillema.gov/sites/default/files/3-19-18%20Community%20Meeting%20Minutes[2].pdf<https://www.somervillema.gov/sites/default/files/3-19-18%20Community%20Meeting%20Minutes%5b2%5d.pdf>
http://ifa.somervillema.gov.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/beacon-street-2015-pse-plans.pdf
https://www.somervillema.gov/sites/default/files/beacon-st-draf-design-exception-report.pdf

David Shapiro
Assistant City Solicitor
City of Somerville
93 Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA 02143
Phone: 617-625-6600 Extn. 4409
Fax: 617-776-8847
dshapiro@somervillema.gov<mailto:dshapiro@somervillema.gov>

Department of Public Works
PRL Office
1 Franey Road
Somerville, MA 02145

May 2, 2018

To Whom It May Concern:

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

* All permits issued for the removal of trees on Beacon Street in Somerville, MA from 2015 to the present.
* A list of all public hearings planned, announced or held from 2015 to the present that concern one or more trees on Beacon Street.
* All advertisements, announcements, notices, and materials presented at any of the tree hearings described above.
* The names and dates of service for all individuals who have served as Somerville's "Tree Warden" or "Deputy Tree Warden" under Chapter 87 of the the MA General Law from 2015 to the present.

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

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From: Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development

Dear Mr. Dwan,

Attached in this email are documents responsive to your public records request. Also included below are links that include responsive documentation. Steven MacEachern was the Tree Warden during this time.

Also included are relevant links that may contain responsive documentation.

Four trees on Beacon Street were included in the Emerald Ash Borer tree hearing on May 25th, 2016. Here is the information regarding that meeting:

1) Link to presentation: http://archive.somervillema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Somerville EAB Presentation 5.25.16.pdf<http://archive.somervillema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Somerville%20EAB%20Presentation%205.25.16.pdf>

2) Tree removal notice that was posted on the trees (NOTICE of tree removal public hearing.rtf, attached).

3) Calendar event: http://archive.somervillema.gov/calendar/public-tree-hearing-notice

4) EAB website: http://archive.somervillema.gov/EAB

Six trees on Beacon street were discussed at a public tree hearing held on April 23rd, 2018. Here is the information regarding that meeting:

1) https://www.somervillema.gov/news/public-hearing-discuss-removal-remaining-trees-beacon-street-reconstruction-project-april-23

2) https://www.somervillema.gov/events/2018/04/23/public-hearing-discuss-tree-removal-beacon-st-reconstruction

3) Additional notices and documents regarding this hearing are attached (including the posting that was placed on each of the six trees, the abutter notification letter, the Somerville Times tree hearing notices, and the slides that were presented at the meeting).

Additional documents regarding the project:
https://www.somervillema.gov/beaconstreet
http://archive.somervillema.gov/node/1012305

https://www.somervillema.gov/news/community-meeting-discuss-beacon-street-project-march-19
https://www.somervillema.gov/events/2018/03/19/beacon-street-reconstruction-updates-and-qa
https://www.somervillema.gov/events/2017/06/26/community-meeting-discuss-beacon-street-project
https://www.somervillema.gov/news/community-meeting-discuss-beacon-street-project-june-26
https://www.somervillema.gov/news/drop-meeting-discuss-beacon-street-reconstruction-oct-26
https://www.somervillema.gov/events/2016/10/26/drop-meeting-discuss-beacon-street-reconstruction
http://archive.somervillema.gov/calendar/beacon-street-community-update-1
http://archive.somervillema.gov/calendar/drop-meeting-discuss-beacon-street-reconstruction

http://archive.somervillema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Somerville%20%E2%80%93Reconstruction%20of%20Beacon%20Street%5B2%5D.pdf
http://archive.somervillema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/10-15-MeetingNotes.pdf
https://www.somervillema.gov/sites/default/files/3-19-18%20Community%20Meeting%20Minutes[2].pdf<https://www.somervillema.gov/sites/default/files/3-19-18%20Community%20Meeting%20Minutes%5b2%5d.pdf>
http://ifa.somervillema.gov.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/beacon-street-2015-pse-plans.pdf
https://www.somervillema.gov/sites/default/files/beacon-st-draf-design-exception-report.pdf

David Shapiro
Assistant City Solicitor
City of Somerville
93 Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA 02143
Phone: 617-625-6600 Extn. 4409
Fax: 617-776-8847
dshapiro@somervillema.gov<mailto:dshapiro@somervillema.gov>

Department of Public Works
PRL Office
1 Franey Road
Somerville, MA 02145

May 2, 2018

To Whom It May Concern:

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

* All permits issued for the removal of trees on Beacon Street in Somerville, MA from 2015 to the present.
* A list of all public hearings planned, announced or held from 2015 to the present that concern one or more trees on Beacon Street.
* All advertisements, announcements, notices, and materials presented at any of the tree hearings described above.
* The names and dates of service for all individuals who have served as Somerville's "Tree Warden" or "Deputy Tree Warden" under Chapter 87 of the the MA General Law from 2015 to the present.

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<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>
Upload documents directly: https://www.muckrock.com/accounts/agency_login/department-of-public-works-19/authorizations-and-hearings-for-tree-removal-53083/?uuid-login=292d7ca9-0e75-4922-89bb-3cfc4c8b5cb4&email=fwright%40somervillema.gov#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 53083
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144-2516

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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