Somerville High School (Department of Public Works)

Chris Dwan filed this request with the Department of Public Works of Somerville, MA.
Multi Request Somerville High School


From: Chris Dwan

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Design documents and plans for the 2018 reconstruction of the Somerville High School, including the 100% design of 2018.

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.

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.


Chris Dwan

From: Department of Public Works

Dear Mr. Dwan,

This email acknowledges receipt of your below public records request dated July 26, 2018 requesting design documents and plans for the 2018 reconstruction of the Somerville High School, including the 100% design of 2018. On behalf of the Records Access Officer and Record Custodian, your request is denied pursuant to exemption (n) of the public records law, on the grounds that releasing the documents would compromise public safety. There is a security concern with releasing these documents and plans.

Contact information for the Records Access Officer is: Francis X. Wright, Jr., City Solicitor,
City Hall, 93 Highland Ave., Somerville, MA 02143, Phone: (617) 625-6600 x4400

You have the right to seek an administrative appeal to the Supervisor of Public Records under 950 CMR 32.08(1) and the right to seek judicial review by commencing a civil action in the superior court.

Very truly yours,

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

From: Chris Dwan

Thank you for the response.

I am specifically looking for the portions of the plans related to tree removal and new tree planting on the grounds of the high school.

Are the public safety concerns around releasing this information?

Thank you.


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