Gas pipeline facilities, leaks, scheduled replacements (Stoneham Town Clerk)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Stoneham Public Works of Stoneham, MA.

It is a clone of this request.

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From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

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

* All maps of pipeline facilities (services, mains, regulators, etc.) provided by utility companies, including details regarding the age or dates of the installation of the pipeline, the material of the pipeline, and whether the pipeline is high pressure or low pressure. If you have these maps in shape files or in arc GIS, those formats are preferable.

* The most recent inventory of outstanding leaks on the distribution system within the boundaries of municipality, including the location of the leak, date the leak was identified/classified, the grade of the leak, whether the leak has been reclassified or designated for repair, and the date on which the inventory was compiled.

* The list or map of pipeline segments currently scheduled for replacement.

This information should be available to the municipality as required by Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 164, Section 144 (https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleXXII/Chapter164/Section144).

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 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Beryl C.D. Lipton

From: Lizotte, David

Good Afternoon,

In response to your FOIA request I have the following information available;

The Town of Stoneham is not the custodian of records for the information you have requested. The Utility Companies maintain their own records on locations, age, leak classification, and replacement plans.

However the Town does receive DigSafe notifications and a request has been made to the IT Department to pull those e-mail files. This is the closest the Town can get to records relevant to your request.

Any questions feel free to ask,

David Lizotte

From: Lizotte, David

Good Afternoon,

Reviewed over 4,000 Digsafe tickets over the past 3 years to provide you with a file of those related to gas work.

At this time this is the only document related to your request the Town has. Sorry for the delay but this was a large amount of e-mails to work through.

I hope this helps.

Any questions feel free to ask,

David Lizotte

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