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In response to the recent local press coverage of "Sunshine Week," the Chelmsford Police Department held a public records seminar on 4/4/07. The seminar was led by Rebecca Murray, an attorney in the Public Records Division of the MA Secretary of the Commonwealth's Office.
The seminar outlined generally what kind of information is available to the public, and how MA government offices should interact with the public when information is requested.
The library was given a copy of A Guide to the Massachusetts Public Records Law [pdf], which answers most public records questions. However, some highlights from the seminar are below (and on our Public Records handout [pdf]):
Library staff can assist patrons in requesting public records, but we have no more right to access them than the general public. Although we may assist in locating the office that holds particular records, it is best if the patron makes the request for records directly. Additional information about this process can be answered by the Public Records Division.
Library Records as Public Records
This is also covered by the library's policy on Providing Patron Information. Requests for non-patron records will be handled along the guidelines above and in A Guide to the Massachusetts Public Records Law publication.
If you have questions on this, or would need help requesting public records, please contact the Reference Desk.
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To promote our One Book Chelmsford community reading program, featuring Richard Russo's book Empire Falls, the Library is using banners to get the word out.
As you drive around town (especially in the Town Center and around Vinyl Square), keep an eye out for the banners (or check out some photos in the Library's flickr account).
And, keep an eye on the Library's One Book Chelmsford programs webpage, for upcoming One Book Chelmsford events. These include live music in the coffeehouse, book discussions, lectures and talks, walking tours, and more.
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A new public document has been given to both the Town Hall and the Library to be made available to the public. This document (a large 3-ring binder) is a copy of the Montgomery Energy Billerica Power Partners, LP Energy Facility Siting Board Petition for the Billerica Energy Center.
The petition concerns the development of a 134-acre site at the intersection of Town Farm Road and Billerica Avenue in North Billerica. Their intention is to build a new power generation facility, to be called the Billerica Energy Center.
To review this document at the library, please contact the Reference Desk.
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In case you didn't already know, discounted passes for many area museums and parks are available through the library. You can reserve passes through the library's website or by calling the Reference Desk (978-256-5521). There are 17 museums and parks in all, with some of the most popular being the Museum of Science, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Discovery Museums in Acton, and the New England Aquarium. And, the library just added a new pass - the Davis' Farmland & MegaMaze in Sterling.
Also, starting April 1st, 2007, there will be a new system for reserving passes online. All of the same passes and guidelines still apply, but the screens will look a little different. The new system will allow people to view multiple days at a time, and can also send and email to remind you to pick up your pass. Another new feature is that people will be able to delete reservations for passes they no longer want - just click on the "My Passes" link to manage all of the passes you have on request.
Funding for these passes is provided by the Friends of the Chelmsford Library, as well as from individual patrons. Passes are available to all Chelmsford residents and any member of the Friends group. To reserve passes online, you will need your library barcode number (from your library card) and your PIN. Anyone with questions or problems should contact the Reference Desk for assistance.
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