Adoption of G.L. Chapter 258, Section 13, or G.L. Chapter, 41, Section 100.

Mary Connaughton Pioneer Institute filed this request with the Townsend Town Clerk (MA) of Townsend, MA.
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From: Mary Connaughton Pioneer Institute

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any and all documents which indicate the whether the Town of Townsend has accepted the provisions of G.L. Chapter 258, Section 13, or the provisions of the predecessor statute, G.L. Chapter, 41, Section 100, and the date of any such acceptance.

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.


Mary Connaughton Pioneer Institute

From: Townsend Town Clerk (MA)

Please see the attached link to Townsend General Code which is listed on our
website regarding MGL acceptances. The list includes the dates the MGL was
accepted at town meeting.

You may appeal this response to the Supervisor of Public Records pursuant to
950 CMR 32.08(1)(d). By law, the Supervisor is required to respond within
10 business days of receipt of your appeal. You may also seek judicial
review of an unfavorable response by commencing a civil action in the
superior court, under G.L. c.66, §10A(c).

Thank you,

Kathleen M. Spofford, CMMC

Town Clerk

Town of Townsend

272 Main Street

Townsend, MA 01469


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