Other (indicate in message) Submitted: August 22, 2023 | Updated: October 6, 2023

(August 2023) Request for Town of Black Mountain, NC Government: Certain employee salaries, compensation. And Town Manager contract. 07/01/23 – present day.

Good Afternoon Town of Black Mountain, NC Records Officer / Custodian of Records,

Please reply promptly to the following multi-part public records request, which is being made in accordance with NC Public Records Law.
Ref: https://www.ncleg.net/enactedlegislation/statutes/html/bychapter/chapter_132.html

** I’m simply requesting an electronic copy of an electronic record, if one exists. I am NOT asking for the opportunity to come in person to inspect, nor to obtain a printed copy of, these electronic records. I’m requesting explicitly that any responsive info be provided to me via the electronic medium / electronic format (in which the copy of these records should already exist).

I do not have any further clarifying info I wish to provide to narrow this request. If the request is unclear, or if you are unable to fulfill any or all parts of the request, then please specifically cite where a reason for its denial is justified under NC Public Records Law. **

Pursuant to N.C.G.S. 160A-168(b), I am requesting the following salary and compensation records – All responsive info should apply to the specific time period of July 01, 2023 through the present day (date the query is performed).

A. Related to the following Town employees / departments / positions – “Town Manager , Assistant Town Manager , Public Works Director , HR Director , Finance Director , Assistant Finance Director or Senior Accountant , Town Clerk , Project Manager , and Planning Director”

Please provide:

1. First / Last name
2. Date of Hire
3. Current Position / Title / Department
4. Current yearly Salary
5. All pay, bonuses, or other forms of compensation paid by the Town to employee. Dates and amounts of any increases / decreases in salary. This should include recently adopted budgetary increases, and any comp time or on-call / stand by time payouts and hour balances from 07/01/2023 through present day.

B. Please provide the electronic copy of the Town Manager’s employment contract(s). During the same time period.

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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** Please note that by submitting this request, I’m NOT agreeing to pay any potential fees or associated costs related to my request. If it isn’t possible to process the request without incurring fees, then please let me know the itemized potential cost and explanations for those charges upfront, and DO NOT proceed until I respond.

By Law I’m 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 or my Team. Please do not commingle or treat that as an alteration or cancellation of my request – I intend to continue to pursue my request.

Thank you for your assistance!

Editor’s Note: Sunshine Request makes no claim as to the veracity of any statements or information contained in any of the requests, or public records, we receive.

08/22/23 Editor’s Note: The original submission (below) has been reviewed, interpreted to the best of our ability, and revised for clarity:

Date sent in to Sunshine: 08/11/23

Original Subject:
Salary and Compensation Records Request

Original Message:
This request is for the Town of Black Mountain

Pursuant to N.C.G.S. 160A-168(b), I am requesting the following records for the time period of July 1, 2023 to current  for Town of Black Mountain employees in the following departments and positions: Town Manager, Assistant Town Manager, Public Works Director, HR Director, Finance Director, Assistant Finance Director or Senior Accountant, Town Clerk, Project Manager, and Planning Director.

N.C.G.S. 160A-168(b)(1)(6) – Employee Name & Title
N.C.G.S. 160A-168(b)(4) – Town Manager Contract
N.C.G.S. 160A-168(b)(7)(8)(10) – Pay, bonuses, or other form of compensation paid by the town including the date and amount of increase/decrease in salary ( to include recently adopted budgetary increases and any comp time or on-call time/stand by time payout). I am requesting comp time or bonus time hour balances as of the date of this request.”

Government Entity:
Other (indicate in message)

Start Date / End Date:
July 01, 2023 – August 11, 2023

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Status: Completed

Activity:

  • October 6, 2023 12:13 pm

    7 months ago

    **10/06/23. Editor’s Note: Please see all the files referenced today (“23-59_2023-10-06-15_52_51-0400.zip”) at top left in our Documents section. You can also access the same files, via the Town’s Next Request Portal: https://townofblackmountainnc.nextrequest.com/requests/23-59

     

    from: Town of Black Mountain Records Request <[email protected]>
    to: [email protected]
    date: Oct 6, 2023, 12:13 PM
    subject: [Document Released] Town of Black Mountain public records request #23-59

     

    Town of Black Mountain Public Records

     

    A document has been released for record request #23-59 along with the following message:

     

    Town Manager Contract

     

    View Request 23-59
    https://townofblackmountainnc.nextrequest.com/requests/23-59

     

    Document links are valid for one month. After November 6, you will need to sign in to view the document(s).


     

    from: Town of Black Mountain Records Request <[email protected]>
    to: [email protected]
    date: Oct 6, 2023, 12:12 PM
    subject: [Document Released to Requester] Town of Black Mountain public records request #23-59

     

    Town of Black Mountain Public Records

     

    A document has been released for record request #23-59 along with the following message:

     

    Town Manager Contract uploaded

     

    * TownManagerContract.pdf

     

    View Request 23-59
    https://townofblackmountainnc.nextrequest.com/requests/23-59

     

    Document links are valid for one month. After November 6, you will need to sign in to view the document(s).


     

    from: Town of Black Mountain Records Request <[email protected]>
    reply-to: townofblackmountainnc_23-59-requester-notes@inbound.nextrequest.com
    to: [email protected]
    date: Oct 6, 2023, 12:02 PM
    subject: Your Town of Black Mountain public records request #23-59 has been published.

     

    Town of Black Mountain Public Records

     

    Record request #23-59 has been published and is now available for public view.

     

    View Request 23-59
    https://townofblackmountainnc.nextrequest.com/requests/23-59


     

    from: Town of Black Mountain Records Request <[email protected]>
    reply-to: townofblackmountainnc_23-59-requester-notes@inbound.nextrequest.com
    to: [email protected]
    date: Oct 6, 2023, 12:02 PM
    subject: Your Town of Black Mountain public records request #23-59 has been closed.

     

    Town of Black Mountain Public Records

     

    Record request #23-59 has been closed. The closure reason supplied was:

     

    We have provided all records responsive to your request. This request is now closed. Thank you.

     

    View Request 23-59
    https://townofblackmountainnc.nextrequest.com/requests/23-59


     

    from: Town of Black Mountain Records Request <[email protected]>
    to: [email protected]
    date: Oct 6, 2023, 12:01 PM
    subject: [Document Released] Town of Black Mountain public records request #23-59

     

    Town of Black Mountain Public Records

     

    A document has been released for record request #23-59 along with the following message:

     

    The requested records have been provided where applicable. If you have any questions, please contact Town Clerk at [email protected]

     

    * 23-10-06_Copy of Salary-Request23-59.xlsx

     

    View Request 23-59
    https://townofblackmountainnc.nextrequest.com/requests/23-59

     

    Document links are valid for one month. After November 6, you will need to sign in to view the document(s).


    Status: Completed
  • October 4, 2023 12:26 pm

    7 months ago

    from: Town of Black Mountain Public Records <[email protected]>
    reply-to: townofblackmountainnc_23-59-requester-notes@inbound.nextrequest.com
    to: [email protected]
    date: Oct 4, 2023, 12:26 PM
    subject: [External Message Added] Town of Black Mountain public records request #23-59

     

    Town of Black Mountain Public Records

     

    A message was sent to you regarding record request #23-59:

     

    Thank you for your submission. We have assigned this to the appropriate staff to fulfill and will be in contact with you soon.

     

    View Request 23-59

    https://townofblackmountainnc.nextrequest.com/requests/23-59


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • October 4, 2023 10:48 am

    7 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Josh Harrold <[email protected]>
    date: Oct 4, 2023, 10:48 AM
    subject: Re: Following up on Public Records Request # 23-59

     

    Hi Josh,

     

    Thank you for your reply.

     

    I’m assuming you (and anyone else working for the Town of Black Mountain) has access to log into your Public Records Request portal, Next Request. You can see my “unpublished” request, which was submitted there:
    https://townofblackmountainnc.nextrequest.com/requests/23-59

     

    I also post all updates / communications about the records requests I make, on our website. This one in particular can be found at the following URL:
    (August 2023) Request for Town of Black Mountain, NC Government: Certain employee salaries, compensation. And Town Manager contract. 07/01/23 – present day.

     

    For Simplicity, however, I will restate the request below. But please note that its submit on Date is still 08/22/23 @ 3:10PM EST.

     

    Here are the details of the request:
    —————————————-

     

    Hello Town of Black Mountain, NC Records Officer / Custodian of Records,

     

    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 1 week, if I have not heard back before then.

     

    Here are the details of the request:

     

    SUBJECT:
    (August 2023) Request for Town of Black Mountain, NC Government: Certain employee salaries, compensation. And Town Manager contract. 07/01/23 – present day.

     

    MESSAGE:
    “Please reply promptly to the following multi-part public records request, which is being made in accordance with NC Public Records Law.

     

    Ref: https://www.ncleg.net/enactedlegislation/statutes/html/bychapter/chapter_132.html

     

    ** I’m simply requesting an electronic copy of an electronic record, if one exists. I am NOT asking for the opportunity to come in person to inspect, nor to obtain a printed copy of, these electronic records. I’m requesting explicitly that any responsive info be provided to me via the electronic medium / electronic format (in which the copy of these records should already exist).

     

    I do not have any further clarifying info I wish to provide to narrow this request. If the request is unclear, or if you are unable to fulfill any or all parts of the request, then please specifically cite where a reason for its denial is justified under NC Public Records Law. **

     

    Pursuant to N.C.G.S. 160A-168(b), I am requesting the following salary and compensation records – All responsive info should apply to the specific time period of July 01, 2023 through the present day (date the query is performed).

     

    A. Related to the following Town employees / departments / positions – “Town Manager , Assistant Town Manager , Public Works Director , HR Director , Finance Director , Assistant Finance Director or Senior Accountant , Town Clerk , Project Manager , and Planning Director”

     

    Please provide:

     

    1. First / Last name
    2. Date of Hire
    3. Current Position / Title / Department
    4. Current yearly Salary
    5. All pay, bonuses, or other forms of compensation paid by the Town to employee. Dates and amounts of any increases / decreases in salary. This should include recently adopted budgetary increases, and any comp time or on-call / stand by time payouts and hour balances from 07/01/2023 through present day.

     

    B. Please provide the electronic copy of the Town Manager’s employment contract(s). During the same time period.

     

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

     

    ** Please note that by submitting this request, I’m NOT agreeing to pay any potential fees or associated costs related to my request. If it isn’t possible to process the request without incurring fees, then please let me know the itemized potential cost and explanations for those charges upfront, and DO NOT proceed until I respond.

     

    By Law I’m 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 records@sunshinerequest.com . If anyone other than that email address contacts you to pursue a similar request, it did not come from me or my Team. Please do not commingle or treat that as an alteration or cancellation of my request – I intend to continue to pursue my request.

     

    Thank you for your assistance!”

     

    ** 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
  • October 4, 2023 8:12 am

    7 months ago

    from: Josh Harrold <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Oct 4, 2023, 8:12 AM
    subject: Re: Following up on Public Records Request # 23-59

     

    Good morning,

     

    Let me first apologize for the delay in the request. Savannah is no longer with the Town, and we don’t currently have a Town Clerk. This means I’m picking up the slack until our new clerk starts next month. Please send me your request and I will assure it’s filled this week if at all possible, depending on the size of the request. Also, please send the request to my email address as I will not be checking the online requests. I appreciate your understanding.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Josh M. Harrold, ICMA-CM, AICP, CZO
    Town Manager
    160 Midland Avenue
    Black Mountain, NC 28711
    (828) 419-9300 – Office
    (828) 669-4204 – Fax


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • October 3, 2023 5:26 pm

    7 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: [email protected]
    cc: [email protected], [email protected]
    date: Oct 3, 2023, 5:26 PM
    subject: Following up on Public Records Request # 23-59

     

    Good Evening Savannah (or Records Officer / Custodian(s) of the Records), all others CCed,

     

    My public records request # 23-59 was first submitted to you via Next Request on 08/22/23 at 3:10pm. https://townofblackmountainnc.nextrequest.com/requests/23-59

     

    The only update I received was an auto-message on August 22, 2023 @ 3:10pm that said, “Thank you for your submission. We will respond to your inquiry as soon as we can. For additional information, please contact our office.”

     

    I have not received any reply to my follow up messages asking about the status of request on September 08, 19, and 26.

     

    Under NC Public Records Law, the Town is required to “promptly” process all public records requests. I’m concerned that you may be intentionally delaying or ignoring the fulfillment of requests by allowing them to “sit” until staff has availability, or feels like addressing my messages. With this in mind, I want to highlight the court case referenced in item #6 of the following article, posted on the NC Press Association website. In this instance: “The trial court held that an unjustified one-month delay in production of records was tantamount to a denial”. http://www.ncpress.com/stories/a-bakers-dozen-for-2022nc-public-records-law,2390

     

    Please provide an anticipated date or timeline for the completion of this request.

     

    Having made all reasonable attempts to follow up with you — if I do not hear back in 1 week, I will mark this request as having been “Denied” by your organization.

     

    Thank you.

     

    ~ The Sunshine Request Team


    Status: Follow up
  • September 26, 2023 12:39 pm

    8 months ago

    from: [email protected]
    to: [email protected]
    date: September 26th, 12:39pm

     

    Good afternoon Records Officer (or Custodian of these Records),

     

    This is my 3rd attempt to follow up on my public records request # 23-59. First submitted to you via NextRequest on 08/22/23 at 3:10pm.

     

    I have not received any response since submitting my request, nor to my follow up messages.

     

    Please provide an anticipated timeline or date for the completion this request?

     

    I’ll make one final attempt to follow up with you again next week, if I haven’t heard anything else before then.

     

    Thank you!

     

    ~ The Sunshine Request Team

     

    September 19, 2023, 12:39pm by the requester


    Status: Follow up
  • September 19, 2023 4:48 pm

    8 months ago

    from: [email protected]
    to: [email protected]
    date: September 19th, 4:48pm

     

    Good Evening Town Records Officer (or Custodian of Records),

     

    I’m following up again on my public records request # 23-59. It was submitted to you via NextRequest on 08/22/23 at 3:10pm.

     

    I have not received a response since submitting my request, nor to my follow up message below on September 8, 2023 @12:29pm.

     

    Can you please provide an anticipated timeline for the completion of this request?

     

    I’ll make attempt to follow up again next week, if I haven’t heard anything else before then.

     

    ~ The Sunshine Request Team

     

    September 19, 2023, 4:48pm by the requester


    Status: Follow up
  • September 8, 2023 12:29 pm

    8 months ago

    from: [email protected]
    to: [email protected]
    date: September 8th, 12:29pm

     

    Hi Town of Black Mountain (Records Officer or Custodian of Records),

     

    I’m following up on my public records request #23-59, first sent to you on 08/22/23 at 3:10PM EST.

     

    I haven’t heard anything since submitting the request. Can you please provide an anticipated timeline for the completion of this request?

     

    I will follow up again in 1 week, if I haven’t heard anything else before then.

     

    Thank you!

     

    ~ The Sunshine Request Team

     

    September 8, 2023, 12:29pm by the requester


    Status: Follow up
  • August 22, 2023 3:10 pm

    9 months ago

    from: Town of Black Mountain Public Records <[email protected]>
    to: [email protected]
    date: Aug 22, 2023, 3:10 PM
    subject: Your Town of Black Mountain public records request #23-59 has been opened.

     

    Town of Black Mountain Public Records

     

    Your record request #23-59 has been submitted successfully.

     

    Thank you for your submission. We will respond to your inquiry as soon as we can.

     

    For additional information, please contact our office.

     

    View Request 23-59

    https://townofblackmountainnc.nextrequest.com/requests/23-59

     

    As the requester, you can always see the status of your request by signing into the Town of Black Mountain portal.

     

    If you haven’t already signed in, you may need to activate or setup your account to get started. Once your account is activated, you can communicate directly with the Town of Black Mountain through NextRequest.


     

    3:10PM. External Message

     

    Thank you for your submission. We will respond to your inquiry as soon as we can.

     

    For additional information, please contact our office.

     

    August 22, 2023, 3:10pm


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • August 22, 2023 3:10 pm

    9 months ago

    **08/22/23 Editor’s Note: The following request was sent to Black Mountain, NC Gov via their Public Records Portal, NextRequest at 3:10PM EST. We will post any updates we receive on our website, as they become available. Thank you for using Sunshine Request!

     

    Hello Town of Black Mountain, NC Records Officer / Custodian of Records,

     

    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 1 week, if I have not heard back before then.

     

    Here are the details of the request:

     

    SUBJECT:
    (August 2023) Request for Town of Black Mountain, NC Government: Certain employee salaries, compensation. And Town Manager contract. 07/01/23 – present day.

     

    MESSAGE:
    “Please reply promptly to the following multi-part public records request, which is being made in accordance with NC Public Records Law.

     

    Ref: https://www.ncleg.net/enactedlegislation/statutes/html/bychapter/chapter_132.html

     

    ** I’m simply requesting an electronic copy of an electronic record, if one exists. I am NOT asking for the opportunity to come in person to inspect, nor to obtain a printed copy of, these electronic records. I’m requesting explicitly that any responsive info be provided to me via the electronic medium / electronic format (in which the copy of these records should already exist).

     

    I do not have any further clarifying info I wish to provide to narrow this request. If the request is unclear, or if you are unable to fulfill any or all parts of the request, then please specifically cite where a reason for its denial is justified under NC Public Records Law. **

     

    Pursuant to N.C.G.S. 160A-168(b), I am requesting the following salary and compensation records – All responsive info should apply to the specific time period of July 01, 2023 through the present day (date the query is performed).

     

    A. Related to the following Town employees / departments / positions – “Town Manager , Assistant Town Manager , Public Works Director , HR Director , Finance Director , Assistant Finance Director or Senior Accountant , Town Clerk , Project Manager , and Planning Director”

     

    Please provide:

     

    1. First / Last name
    2. Date of Hire
    3. Current Position / Title / Department
    4. Current yearly Salary
    5. All pay, bonuses, or other forms of compensation paid by the Town to employee. Dates and amounts of any increases / decreases in salary. This should include recently adopted budgetary increases, and any comp time or on-call / stand by time payouts and hour balances from 07/01/2023 through present day.

     

    B. Please provide the electronic copy of the Town Manager’s employment contract(s). During the same time period.

     

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

     

    ** Please note that by submitting this request, I’m NOT agreeing to pay any potential fees or associated costs related to my request. If it isn’t possible to process the request without incurring fees, then please let me know the itemized potential cost and explanations for those charges upfront, and DO NOT proceed until I respond.

     

    By Law I’m 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 or my Team. Please do not commingle or treat that as an alteration or cancellation of my request – I intend to continue to pursue my request.

     

    Thank you for your assistance!”

     

    ** 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 22, 2023 3:04 pm

    9 months ago

    Submitted to Sunshine Request
    Status: Pending