Graffiti Complaints

Rich Jones filed this request with the Department of Public Works of Somerville, MA.
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From: Rich Jones

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:

A complete listing of graffiti complaints, their locations, and if the graffiti was cleaned or not.

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.


Rich Jones

From: City Solicitor

Mr. Jones: In response to your records request below, you do not set forth a time period for which you are seeking a complete listing of graffiti complaints, their locations, and if the graffiti was cleaned or not, i.e. January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010. Please let us know if you wish to do so prior to the city providing you an estimate of the cost of providing any documentation responsive to your request? Frank Wright

Francis X. Wright, Jr.
City Solicitor
City of Somerville
93 Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 625-6600, ext. 4410

From: Rich Jones

Thank you for your swift reply!

I would like to see complaints from 2000-2010, so that I may analyse the trending pattern.

From: Department of Public Works