Complaints about bricks in sidewalks and crosswalks

Barry Rafkind filed this request with the Department of Public Works of Somerville, MA.
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From: Barry Rafkind

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the state Freedom of Information Act, G.L.M. c.4, €7, clause 26th, I hereby request the following records:

Complaints received by the City regarding bricks in sidewalks or crosswalks since Jan 1, 2010.

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.

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.


Barry Rafkind
Filed via
E-mail (Preferred):
Daytime: (617) 299-1832
For mailed responses, please address:
185 Beacon St. #3
Somerville, MA 02143

From: City of Somerville - DPW

Dear Mr. Rafkind:

I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your December 8, 2010 e-mail and public records request. In accordance with MGL c. 66, s. 10, please be advised that our office is in the process of reviewing your request. I anticipate having a further response to you shortly on this matter. Please contact me with any questions in the interim.

Very truly yours,

Robert T. King, PE, LEED AP
Director of Engineering
City of Somerville - DPW
1 Franey Road
Somerville, MA 02145
o: 617.625.6600 x5410
f: 617.625.4454


Any updates to the status of this request?


<i>Left a voicemail with Rob King.</i>

From: Department of Public Works


Why can't these documents be released electronically?

From: Barry Rafkind


According to our records, we never received a response to the question of why these documents could not be released electronically. Could you please provide an update on the status of this request?

Please note that MuckRock has moved and our new address is:

MuckRock News
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

Thank you very much for your help.

From: MuckRock


Checking in again on this. According to our records, this request is still outstanding, as no response was received to the below question.

Please get back to us as soon as possible.

Thank you.

From: Frank Wright

I am out of the office. If you need assistance in my absence please call the City of Somerville Law Department at (617) 625-6600, ext. 4400. Thank you.

From: David Shapiro


You have asked whether the documents reflecting “complaints received by the City regarding bricks in sidewalks or crosswalks since Jan 1, 2010” are able to be released electronically. Upon review, these documents are now able to be released electronically, but the Supervisor of 311 will need to personally do the search and segregation of documents. The fee for segregation and search time is 2 hours @ $24.77 per hour, for a total of $49.54. Upon receipt of a check in the amount of $49.54 payable to the City of Somerville, the documents will be released electronically.