Other (indicate in message) Submitted: August 23, 2022 | Updated: September 13, 2022

(August 2022) Request for Town of Sylva, NC: Names and number of units – Members of Board of Commissioners who own/operate short term rentals in Sylva and Jackson County, NC (as of present day)

Hello Town of Sylva, NC Government (Records Officer),

I'd like to make a public records request for the following information under NC Public Records Law.
Ref: https://www.ncleg.net/enactedlegislation/statutes/html/bychapter/chapter_132.html

In regard to “Short term rentals”. Please provide the names of all Members of the Board of Commissioners who own/operate short term rentals in Sylva and Jackson County, NC (As of present day. Date the query is performed). Please provide the number of units for each Board Member.

If any / all of this info is already publicly available online, please provide a link to where it can be accessed.
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I am not required to provide a name or address to associate with a public records request, but in order to move things along I’d like to clarify that this request is being made by:

Sunshine Request
PO Box 17391
Asheville, NC 28816

The request has been sent solely from the email address [email protected] . If anyone other than that email address contacts you to pursue a similar request, it did not come from me. Please do not commingle or treat that as an alteration or cancellation of my request – I intend to continue to pursue my request.

Please note that I cannot commit to sign any forms or pay any potential fees / associated costs related to any request. If it is not possible to process the request without incurring fees, then please let me know the itemized potential cost.

** I do not have any additional or further clarifying information to provide. If you are unable to fulfill any or all parts of this request, please specifically cite where a reason for denial is justified under NC Public Records Law. **

Thank you for your assistance!

Thank you!

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Editor’s Note 08/23/22: The submission above has been revised for clarity. We have interpreted “board members” to mean, “… Members of the Board of Commissioners”


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Activity:

  • September 13, 2022 5:15 pm

    1 week ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Paige Dowling <[email protected]>
    date: Sep 13, 2022, 5:15 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (August 2022) Request for Town of Sylva, NC: Names and number of units – Members of Board of Commissioners who own/operate short term rentals in Sylva and Jackson County, NC (as of present day)

     

    Good afternoon Paige,

     

    Thank you for your help with this request! I’ve marked this request as completed on our site.

     

    Have a good day.


    Status: Completed
  • September 13, 2022 2:02 pm

    1 week ago

    from: Paige Dowling <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Sep 13, 2022, 2:02 PM
    subject: RE: Records Request: (August 2022) Request for Town of Sylva, NC: Names and number of units – Members of Board of Commissioners who own/operate short term rentals in Sylva and Jackson County, NC (as of present day)

     

    To Whom It May Concern,

     

    I contacted Town Commissioners to share this request August 24th. I received responses between August 24th and September 6th.

     

    The information you have requested is below:

     

    – Commissioner Greg McPherson operates one Airbnb as an accessory use inside his home, 498 W. Main Street, Sylva

    – Commissioner Natalie Newman does not own or operate any short-term rentals in Sylva or in Jackson County.

    – Commissioner Ben Guiney does not own or operate any short-term rentals in Sylva or in Jackson County.

    – Mayor Lynda Sossamon does not own or operate any short-term rentals in Sylva or in Jackson County.

    – Commissioner Mary Gelbaugh owns one short-term rental inside city limits, 49 Cowan St., Sylva. Commissioner Gelbaugh owns one short-term rental outside city limits at 18 Macktown Rd., Sylva.

    – Commissioner David Nestler owns an accessary apartment Airbnb at 311 Allen Henson Circle, Sylva and also has an Airbnb in half of a house at 24 Hampton St., Sylva. Both these addresses are inside Sylva’s city limits.

     

    Please let me know if additional information is needed.

     

    Thank you,

    Paige R. Dowling

    Town Manager

    Town of Sylva

    83 Allen Street

    Sylva, NC 28779

    (828) 586-2719


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • September 12, 2022 7:10 pm

    1 week ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Paige Dowling <[email protected]>
    date: Sep 12, 2022, 7:10 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (August 2022) Request for Town of Sylva, NC: Names and number of units – Members of Board of Commissioners who own/operate short term rentals in Sylva and Jackson County, NC (as of present day)

     

    Good afternoon Paige,

     

    Thank you for confirming receipt of this request back on August 24th. I wanted to check in and see if there was an update to report?

     

    I will plan on following up again at the end of the month if I don’t hear back before then.

     

    Appreciate your help!


    Status: Follow up
  • August 24, 2022 4:38 pm

    1 month ago

    from: Paige Dowling <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Aug 24, 2022, 4:38 PM
    subject: RE: Records Request: (August 2022) Request for Town of Sylva, NC: Names and number of units – Members of Board of Commissioners who own/operate short term rentals in Sylva and Jackson County, NC (as of present day)

     

    To Whom It May Concern,

     

    I am in receipt of your request, and we are gathering that information. We will submit response to this request as soon as we have gathered the information subject to your request. I anticipate being able to respond to this request within two or three days.

     

    Sincerely,

    Paige Dowling

    Town Manager

    Town of Sylva

    83 Allen Street

    Sylva, NC 28779

    (828) 586-2719


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • August 23, 2022 7:09 pm

    1 month ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: [email protected]
    date: Aug 23, 2022, 7:09 PM
    subject: Records Request: (August 2022) Request for Town of Sylva, NC: Names and number of units – Members of Board of Commissioners who own/operate short term rentals in Sylva and Jackson County, NC (as of present day)

     

    Good afternoon Town of Sylva, NC Government,

     

    I’d like to make a public records request for information that may be available in your office.

     

    If you’re not the appropriate party to contact about the request, please provide the correct name and email address of whom I should send it to.

     

    Please confirm receipt to let me know the request will begin processing, and if possible, please provide a rough estimate of when the request may be completed. I will plan on following up again in September if I have not heard back before then.

     

    Here are the details of the request:

     

    Subject: (August 2022) Request for Town of Sylva, NC: Names and number of units – Members of Board of Commissioners who own/operate short term rentals in Sylva and Jackson County, NC (as of present day)

     

    Message: “Hello Town of Sylva, NC Government (Records Officer),

     

    I’d like to make a public records request for the following information under NC Public Records Law.
    Ref: https://www.ncleg.net/enactedlegislation/statutes/html/bychapter/chapter_132.html

     

    In regard to “Short term rentals”. Please provide the names of all Members of the Board of Commissioners who own/operate short term rentals in Sylva and Jackson County, NC (As of present day. Date the query is performed). Please provide the number of units for each Board Member.

     

    If any / all of this info is already publicly available online, please provide a link to where it can be accessed.
    —————

     

    I am not required to provide a name or address to associate with a public records request, but in order to move things along I’d like to clarify that this request is being made by:

     

    Sunshine Request
    PO Box 17391
    Asheville, NC 28816

     

    The request has been sent solely from the email address [email protected] . If anyone other than that email address contacts you to pursue a similar request, it did not come from me. Please do not commingle or treat that as an alteration or cancellation of my request – I intend to continue to pursue my request.

     

    Please note that I cannot commit to sign any forms or pay any potential fees / associated costs related to any request. If it is not possible to process the request without incurring fees, then please let me know the itemized potential cost.

     

    ** I do not have any additional or further clarifying information to provide. If you are unable to fulfill any or all parts of this request, please specifically cite where a reason for denial is justified under NC Public Records Law. **

     

    Thank you for your assistance!”

     

    Thank you!

     

    ** Sunshine Request (www.sunshinerequest.com) makes no claim as to the veracity of any statements or information contained in any of the requests, or public records, we receive.


    Status: Sent to Government
  • August 23, 2022 2:51 pm

    1 month ago

    Submitted to Sunshine Request
    Status: Pending