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Freedom of Information – Public Records Requests

What is a Public Record?

Every record that is made or received by a government entity or employee is presumed to be a public record unless a specific statutory exemption permits or requires it to be withheld in whole or in part. Exemptions may be found at Chapter 4, Section 7(26) of the Massachusetts General Laws. For more information, follow this link: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/pre/preinformation.htm

What is a Public Records Request?

A public records request is a request to either inspect, and/or copy, public records. There is no requirement that the request be made in person or in writing, or be in any particular form. The person making the request is not required to identify himself/herself, or to provide information about the reason for the request or how the records will be used. The request must be clear enough to enable the Town to conduct a meaningful search. The Town may ask questions about the request in order to respond to the request fully and in a timely manner. The State acknowledges that access to information is a fundamental and necessary right of every citizen.

Are Public Records available online?

Certain public records are available for inspection, downloading or printing from the Town website. To view public records currently maintained by the Town online click, from the documents currently available, below to access these records.

Agenda/Minutes

Commission on Disabilities

Community Preservation Committee

Conservation Commission

Town Council

Planning Board

School Committee

Zoning Board of Appeals

Budget Information

General Government

Town Salaries

Schools

School Salaries

Election Information

Campaign Finance Reports

Election Results

Town Council Votes

Orders

 

Where can I request a Public Record?

To obtain a copy and/or inspect public records maintained by the Town, you may submit your request in anyone of the following ways:

  1. Town of Braintree Website by completing an on online request form – click here to be redirected to our online site
  2. Electronic mail by submitting an email request – click here for email address
  3. Mail by submitting a typed or handwritten request to:
  4. Facsimile by submitting a fax request – click here for a listing of fax telephone numbers
  5. In person by submitting a written or oral request to:

If a request seeks documents publicly available on the Town's website, the requester will be directed to the website in satisfaction of the request, unless the requester does not have the ability to receive or access the records in a usable electronic form.  Most online documents are in a pdf format.

Public record requests shall include a reasonable description of the requested record to the records access officer (RAO) so that he or she can identify and locate it promptly. Under the law and to the extent feasible, the RAO shall provide public records to a requester in an electronic format unless the record is not available in an electronic format or the requester does not have the ability to receive or access the records in electronic format.

You are asked to provide the following information to ensure that we process your request as efficiently as possible:

  • Your name, address, email address and telephone number
  • A reasonable description of the record(s) sought, containing specific dates and supporting information which will allow the Town to identify and locate the record(s)
  • Your preference to inspect/review record(s) or to copy the record(s); and
  • If you do not want your records electronically transmitted to you, the method you would like the records delivered

What happens to my request?

The Records Access Officer must furnish a copy or permit inspection of public records within ten business days as long as:

  • The request reasonably describes the public record sought;
  • The public record is within the possession, custody or control of the municipality that the records access officer serves;
  • The public record is not exempted by statue; and
  • If applicable, the records access officer receives payment of a reasonable fee

If the Records Access Officer is unable to provide a full response to your request within the ten business days he or she must respond to your request and include the following information:

  • Confirmation of your request
  • Identify the correct RAO if the request was submitted to the wrong RAO
  • Outline what will be withheld, if know
  • Provide an explanation for the inability to provide the records within the timeframe
  • When a response is expected

*Responses will be delivered by email if an email has been provided otherwise; the response will be delivered by first-class mail.

Record Access Officers

Mailing Address

Town of Braintree

[INSERT APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT NAME]

One JFK Memorial Drive

Braintree, MA 02184

Department

First Name

Last Name

Email

Phone Number

Fax Number

Assessors

Robert

Brinkmann

rbrinkmann@braintreema.gov

(781) 794-8056

(781) 794-8068

Building/Health Department

Marybeth

McGrath

mmcgrath@braintreema.gov

(781) 794-8095

(781) 794-8022

Cemetery

James

Casey

jmcasey@braintreema.gov

(781) 794-8202

(781) 794-8259

Contract Administration

Barbara

Mello

bmello@braintreema.gov

(781) 794-8145

(781) 794-8269

DPW

James

Arsenault

jarsenault@braintreema.gov

(781) 794-8254

(781) 356-6803

Elder Affairs

Sharmila

Biswas

sbiswas@braintreema.gov

(781) 848-1963

(781) 848-2835

Electric Light (BELD)

Kathy

Steele

ksteele@beld.com

(781) 348-2353

(781) 348-1004

Finance

Edward

Spellman

espellman@braintreema.gov

(781) 794-8035

(781) 794-8269

Highway

Stephen

O'Brien

sjobrien@braintreema.gov

(781) 794-8960

(781) 849-5883

Human Resources

Karen

Shanley

kshanley@braintreema.gov

(781) 794-8264

(781) 794-8269

Legal

Lisa

Maki

lmaki@braintreema.gov

(781) 794-8150

(781) 794-8305

Library

Terese

Stano

tstano@braintreema.gov

(781) 848-0405

(781) 356-5447

Licensing

James

Casey

jmcasey@braintreema.gov

(781) 794-8202

(781) 794-8407

Mayor's Office

Joseph

Reynolds

jreynolds@braintreema.gov

(781) 794-8110

(781) 794-8269

Recreation & Community Events

Nelson

Chin

nchin@braintreema.gov

(781) 794-8910

(781) 356-6803

Planning and Community Development

Christine

Stickney

cstickney@braintreema.gov

(781) 794-8232

(781) 794-8089

Public Safety - Fire

James

O'Brien

jfobrien@braintreema.gov

(781) 843-4001

(781) 356-4362

Public Safety - Police

Kevin

Ware

kware@braintreema.gov

(781) 843-1212

(781) 380-4315

Retirement Board

James

Casey

jmcasey@braintreema.gov

(781) 794-8202

(781) 794-8407

School

Jennifer

Fay

jfay@braintreema.gov

(781) 794-8479

(781) 380-0146

Town Clerk

Debra

Starr

dstarr@braintreema.gov

(781) 794-8244

(781) 794-8259

Town Clerk

James

Casey

jmcasey@braintreema.gov

(781) 794-8202

(781) 794-8259

Town Council

Susan

Cimino

scimino@braintreema.gov

(781) 794-8152

(781) 794-8270

Town Engineer

Bob

Campbell

rcampbell@braintreema.gov

(781) 794-8012

(781) 356-6803

Veterans Services

Richard

Walsh

rwalsh@braintreema.gov

(781) 794-8217

(781) 535-6138

 Water & Sewer

Elizabeth

Schaffer

eschaffer@braintreema.gov

(781) 794-8252

(781) 843-8285

Helpful Links

  • Updated Public Records Law:  Click Here     
  • A Guide to Massachusetts Public Records Law:  Click Here    
  • Making a Request for Public Records:  Click Here      
  • Appeal a Denial of Access to Public Records:   Click Here    
  • Electronic Records management Guidelines:  Click Here
  • Public Record Appeal Status:  Click Here    
  • Public Records Access, 950 CMR 32: Click Here   
  • Access to Public Records maintained by the Secretary of the Commonwealth: Click Here

 

 
 
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