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

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Townsend Town Clerk (MA) of Townsend, MA.
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From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, 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 shapefiles 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 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 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Beryl C.D. Lipton

From: Kathy Spofford

Kathleen M. Spofford
Town Clerk
272 Main Street
Townsend, MA 01469
PH: 978-597-1704
FAX: 978-597-8135

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confidential information intended for a specific individual and purpose, and is
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recipient, you should delete this message.

In Massachusetts, the term "public record" is
broadly defined to include all documentary
materials or data created or received by any
officer or employee of any governmental unit,
regardless of physical form or characteristics,
unless it falls under one of the statutory
exemptions to the Public Records Law MGL c. 4, §
7(26). Consequently, email is subject to the
disclosure, retention, and maintenance provisions as required by law. MGL c. 66

From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, 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 shapefiles 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 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 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Beryl C.D. Lipton

From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, 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 shapefiles 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 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 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Beryl C.D. Lipton

From: Kathy Spofford

We do not have the information requested.

Kathleen M. Spofford
Town Clerk
272 Main Street
Townsend, MA 01469
PH: 978-597-1704
FAX: 978-597-8135

This message (including any attachments) contains
confidential information intended for a specific individual and purpose, and is
protected by law. If you are not the intended
recipient, you should delete this message.

In Massachusetts, the term "public record" is
broadly defined to include all documentary
materials or data created or received by any
officer or employee of any governmental unit,
regardless of physical form or characteristics,
unless it falls under one of the statutory
exemptions to the Public Records Law MGL c. 4, §
7(26). Consequently, email is subject to the
disclosure, retention, and maintenance provisions as required by law. MGL c. 66

From: Kathy Spofford

After speaking to our Water Dept. superintendent
we have a map of the mains, regulators etc... We do not have software to
accomadate some of your request. Waiting to hear
from our highway dept. to see if they have other information.
thank you and sorry I jumped the gun on the first e-mail to you.
Sue Funaiole for Kathy Spofford

Kathleen M. Spofford
Town Clerk
272 Main Street
Townsend, MA 01469
PH: 978-597-1704
FAX: 978-597-8135

This message (including any attachments) contains
confidential information intended for a specific individual and purpose, and is
protected by law. If you are not the intended
recipient, you should delete this message.

In Massachusetts, the term "public record" is
broadly defined to include all documentary
materials or data created or received by any
officer or employee of any governmental unit,
regardless of physical form or characteristics,
unless it falls under one of the statutory
exemptions to the Public Records Law MGL c. 4, §
7(26). Consequently, email is subject to the
disclosure, retention, and maintenance provisions as required by law. MGL c. 66

From: Townsend Town Clerk (MA)

The request has been rejected, with the agency stating that the information or document(s) requested are exempt from disclosure.

From: Brian Riley

Ms. Lipton: Attached please find the response of the Town of Townsend to your public records request. The original response has been mailed today as well.

Very truly yours,

Brian W. Riley, Esq.
Kopelman and Paige, P.C.
101 Arch Street
12th Floor
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 556-0007
(617 654-1735 (Fax)
briley@k-plaw.com<mailto:briley@k-plaw.com>
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