In preparation for the parking tickets story, I have submitted the following request for public records to the City:
to Jaclyn Rossetti <JRossetti(at)somervillema.gov>
cc Thomas Champion <TChampion(at)somervillema.gov>
date Tue, Aug 25, 2009 at 10:00 AM
subject Public Records Request : Car Towing Information
Dear Public Information Officer Jackie Rossetti, (cc Thomas Champion, Exec Dir of Communications)
In the public interest and per MA public records law M.G.L. Chapter 66: Section 10, which states that
“A custodian of a public record shall, within ten days following receipt of a request for inspection or copy of a public record, comply with such request.”
( Today being Aug 25, the tenth calendar day afterwards appears to be Sep 4 )
Please provide, in electronic tabular format, records of car towing from the City of Somerville dating back as far as Jan 1, 2000 or as early as your records were kept if they do not go back that far.
This request specifically excludes any personally identifying information (such as name, home address, phone, license plate #), so that no redaction reviews are anticipated. If redaction reviews are deemed necessary, please notify me of that necessity promptly with an indication about which fields would need to be reviewed.
Acceptable electronic formats would be either Excel spreadsheet or a delimited text file such as CSV. I wish to receive this data through email or a linked file on a server that can be downloaded. The file(s) may be in a compressed format for faster transmission.
In addition, I request a copy of the city’s contract with its towing contractor.
This request is made in the public interest because towing affect residents across the city. For this reason, I ask that any fees be waived. If fees must still be charged, please seek permission from me before retrieving the data.
If any requested records are not available or not able to be retrieved within 10 days, please promptly provide the relevant explanations about such problems and proposed remedies before day ten.
Your earliest acknowledgment of your receipt of this message and any estimate on progress will be greatly appreciated!
Thank you very much for your help!
Somerville, MA 02144