Brick crosswalk documents

Chris Faraone filed this request with the Somerville City Solicitor of Somerville, MA.
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From: Chris Faraone

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, ยง10, I hereby request the following records:

- Any report or memo relating to the use of brick pavers/crosswalks held by Hayes Morrison.

-Any communication between the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the City of Somerville Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development between November 2010 - present that mentions brick pavers/crosswalks.

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 fees cannot be waived, 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 Faraone

From: Matthew Buckley

Dear Mr. Faraone:

I have been pursuing information on your request but have had little to
no success thus far. Hayes Morrison does not have anything handy but
believes that there may be something in her email files and those of
others in her office. With respect to hard files, the problem is that
there is no category in OSPCD regarding brick crosswalks and no file to
which we can go to find correspondence with Mass DoT. Obviously many
projects and files have included brick crosswalks and/or correspondence
with Mass DoT. The City does not have the resources to dedicate the
entire OSPCD staff to search for all such projects. I can't even begin
to estimate how much such a search would cost given the varying salaries
of all of the employees so engaged. My suggestion is that you narrow
your request to particular projects and we can at least give you an
estimate of the cost of retrieving those documents.

Our IT department estimates that they can conduct a word or phrase
search of emails in OSPCD that include the term "brick crosswalk." It
is estimated that that search will take about an hour at the rate of $32
per hour for an IT Tech. This does not include the cost of retrieval
which we will be better able to estimate upon completion of the search.
Retrieval includes a review by the law department of every file to
determine whether it contains private and/or material that is otherwise
exempt from the public record law. Such material needs to be redacted.
I don't have an estimate of that cost at this time since it will depend
on the number and size of files retrieved.

If you have any further question feel free to contact me.


From: Chris Faraone

Hi,

Please go ahead and see if Hayes has turned up anything.

Thanks

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on June 7, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on June 7, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on June 7, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Matthew Buckley

Dear Mr. Faraone:

Please note that I responded to your initial request which was simply too broad. I informed you at that time that you had to narrow your search request. Also, if this request is coming from someone other than Mr. Faraone please identify yourself.

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