Other (indicate in message) Submitted: May 9, 2023 | Updated: July 11, 2023

(May 2023) Request for Onslow County, NC Government: Documents referenced during 04/03/23 Commissioner meeting

Good afternoon Kevin (or Onslow County, NC. Records Officer), Julie, and Commissioner Scott,

I'd like to make another public records request for the following information under 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’m NOT asking to come in person to inspect, nor to obtain a printed copy of, this electronic record. I’m requesting explicitly that any responsive info be provided to me via an electronic medium / format (in which the copy of this record should already exist).

I do not have any additional or further clarifying info I wish to provide to narrow this request. If it is unclear or 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. **

This request is related to the Onslow County Commissioners meeting on April 03, 2023:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kz-UdUswWi0

Around 1:40:30 in the meeting recording near the end of the agenda, Commissioner Scott held up what he called “a 48 page document ... of one of our former employees”, as well as “... [documents of] 5 invoices totaling $72,935.77”. He suggested that those documents should be verified with HR, County Manager, and discussed among “... the citizens and taxpayers of Onslow County”.

Please provide the copy of the "48 page document", as well as the "5 invoices totaling $72,935.77", that Mr. Scott held up on camera during the April 03 meeting.

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 am NOT agreeing to pay any potential fees or associated costs related to my request. If it is not 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 can respond.

By Law 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 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.

Status: Government Denied Request

Documents:

Activity:

  • July 11, 2023 10:58 am

    7 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Kevin Reopelle <[email protected]>
    cc: [email protected], [email protected]
    date: Jul 11, 2023, 10:58 AM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (May 2023) Request for Onslow County, NC Government: Documents referenced during 04/03/23 Commissioner meeting

     

    Hi Kevin,

     

    This is my final attempt to follow up.

     

    Having received no clarification to my questions above, I’m going to go ahead and mark the request as having been “Denied” by your office.

     

    I will proceed to submit my new records requests about a similar topic, this week.

     

    Thank you.

     

    ~ The Sunshine Request Team


    Status: Follow up
  • June 26, 2023 6:23 pm

    7 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Kevin Reopelle <[email protected]>
    cc: [email protected], [email protected]
    date: Jun 26, 2023, 6:23 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (May 2023) Request for Onslow County, NC Government: Documents referenced during 04/03/23 Commissioner meeting

     

    Hi Kevin (and all CCed),

     

    The following message is repeated from Friday. I have not heard back:
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    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Kevin Reopelle <[email protected]>
    date: Jun 22, 2023, 3:27 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (May 2023) Request for Onslow County, NC Government: Documents referenced during 04/03/23 Commissioner meeting

     

    Hi Kevin,

     

    I apologize if this is redundant to ask, but I’m still not 100% clear whether or not you’re saying the request has been completed.

     

    The original request asked that you, “… Please provide the copy of the “48 page document”, as well as the “5 invoices totaling $72,935.77″, that Mr. Scott held up on camera during the April 03 meeting.”

     

    You’re saying now that, “Onslow County staff have not been provided with the aforementioned document.”  However, since you’ve already sent me the 5 invoices referenced by Mr. Scott, it is unclear why you wouldn’t also be able to access to the “48 page document” he mentioned as well.

     

    To clarify further, I’m asking:
    Is there really no record of any exchange or email containing this document, either sent to or from anyone within the County, including Mr. Scott’s County email address? It’s unclear how Mr. Scott came to obtain the printed 48 page document he held up during the meeting, but if it was obtained via a County owned account, then I expect that this can be located and provided as a matter of public record.

     

    Can you please explicitly state whether or not you’re literally saying that the County / Commissioner Scott does not have any record of the “48 page document” ? (I.E. “This record ‘does not exist’, and therefore this portion of the request cannot be fulfilled”).

     

    Thank you.

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    I’d really like to avoid causing any confusion by sending in multiple similar records requests. However, if I cannot quickly get some clarity about the above, then I’m going to need to start submitting the new requests this week.

     

    Thank you for your help!

     

    ~ The Sunshine Request Team


    Status: Follow up
  • June 22, 2023 3:27 pm

    8 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Kevin Reopelle <[email protected]>
    date: Jun 22, 2023, 3:27 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (May 2023) Request for Onslow County, NC Government: Documents referenced during 04/03/23 Commissioner meeting

     

    Hi Kevin,

     

    I apologize if this is redundant to ask, but I’m still not 100% clear whether or not you’re saying the request has been completed.

     

    The original request asked that you, “… Please provide the copy of the “48 page document”, as well as the “5 invoices totaling $72,935.77″, that Mr. Scott held up on camera during the April 03 meeting.”

     

    You’re saying now that, “Onslow County staff have not been provided with the aforementioned document.”  However, since you’ve already sent me the 5 invoices referenced by Mr. Scott, it is unclear why you wouldn’t also be able to access to the “48 page document” he mentioned as well.

     

    To clarify further, I’m asking:
    Is there really no record of any exchange or email containing this document, either sent to or from anyone within the County, including Mr. Scott’s County email address? It’s unclear how Mr. Scott came to obtain the printed 48 page document he held up during the meeting, but if it was obtained via a County owned account, then I expect that this can be located and provided as a matter of public record.

     

    Can you please explicitly state whether or not you’re literally saying that the County / Commissioner Scott does not have any record of the “48 page document” ? (I.E. “This record ‘does not exist’, and therefore this portion of the request cannot be fulfilled”).

     

    Thank you.


    Status: Clarification Requested
  • June 22, 2023 2:38 pm

    8 months ago

    from: Kevin Reopelle <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Jun 22, 2023, 2:38 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (May 2023) Request for Onslow County, NC Government: Documents referenced during 04/03/23 Commissioner meeting

     

    Greetings,

     

    Onslow County staff have not been provided with the aforementioned document.

     

    Respectfully,

    Kevin Reopelle

    Communications Director

    Phone 910 989-3194

    Web OnslowCountyNC.gov

    Email [email protected]

    Onslow County Government Center

    234 NW Corridor Blvd, Jacksonville NC 28540


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • June 22, 2023 12:52 pm

    8 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Kevin Reopelle <[email protected]>
    cc: [email protected], [email protected]
    date: Jun 22, 2023, 12:52 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (May 2023) Request for Onslow County, NC Government: Documents referenced during 04/03/23 Commissioner meeting

     

    Good afternoon Kevin (and all CCed),

     

    This my second attempt to follow up again on my email from Tue, Jun 13, 2:40 PM. I have not received a response.

     

    To reiterate:

     

    You’ve said that,  “Onslow County staff has not been provided with and therefore cannot produce the requested 48 page document. Attached are the invoices responsive to your request.”  Can you please clarify if you are literally saying the County doesn’t have any such record of the “48 page document” that Commissioner Scott referenced, and held up, during the meeting? (As in — “There are no such public records, and therefore this aspect of the request cannot be provided” ?). Or, did you just mean that you’re still actively looking into this request, and so far you have not been provided with that document?

     

    Please provide an anticipated timeline for the completion of this records request:
    (May 2023) Request for Onslow County, NC Government: Documents referenced during 04/03/23 Commissioner meeting
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    FYI. I’ve also received additional new records requests for very similar info. I’d really like to get some clarity from you first about the request above … before I submit anything new.

     

    In any case, if I do not hear back from you within the week, then I will proceed to also submit my additional new requests.

     

    Thank you for your help!

     

    ~ The Sunshine Request Team


    Status: Follow up
  • June 20, 2023 7:15 pm

    8 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Kevin Reopelle <[email protected]>
    date: Jun 20, 2023, 7:15 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (May 2023) Request for Onslow County, NC Government: Documents referenced during 04/03/23 Commissioner meeting

     

    Hi Kevin,

     

    I’m following up on my email from Tue, Jun 13, 2:40 PM.

     

    You’ve said that “Onslow County staff has not been provided with and therefore cannot produce the requested 48 page document. Attached are the invoices responsive to your request.”

     

    Can you please clarify whether you are literally saying that the County doesn’t have any such record of the “48 page” document that Commissioner Scott referenced and held up during the meeting? As in, “There are no such public records, and therefore this aspect of the request cannot be provided” ?

     

    Or, did you just mean that you’re still looking into it, and so far you have not been provided with that document?
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    FYI. I have been receiving additional new records requests for very similar information, and I’d like to receive some clarity first about the request above, before I submit anything new.

     

    Thanks for your help!

     

    ~ The Sunshine Request Team


    Status: Clarification Requested
  • June 13, 2023 2:40 pm

    8 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Kevin Reopelle <[email protected]>
    date: Jun 13, 2023, 2:40 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (May 2023) Request for Onslow County, NC Government: Documents referenced during 04/03/23 Commissioner meeting

     

    Hi Kevin,

     

    Just to clarify – Are you saying that the County doesn’t have any such record of the “48 page” document that Commissioner Scott referenced and held up during the meeting? As in, “there are no such public records, and therefore this aspect of the request cannot be provided”?

     

    Or, do you just mean that you’re looking into it and so far have not been provided with that document?

     

    Thanks for your help!


    Status: Clarification Requested
  • June 13, 2023 2:36 pm

    8 months ago

    from: Kevin Reopelle <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Jun 13, 2023, 2:36 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (May 2023) Request for Onslow County, NC Government: Documents referenced during 04/03/23 Commissioner meeting

     

    Greetings,

    Onslow County staff has not been provided with and therefore cannot produce the requested 48 page document. Attached are the invoices responsive to your request.

     

    Respectfully,

     

    Kevin Reopelle

    Communications Director

     

    Phone 910 989-3194

    Web OnslowCountyNC.gov

    Email [email protected]

    Onslow County Government Center

    234 NW Corridor Blvd, Jacksonville NC 28540

     

    **Editor’s Note: Please see the 1 referenced file (“05252023.pdf”) at top left in our Documents section.


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • June 13, 2023 2:19 pm

    8 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Kevin Reopelle <[email protected]>
    date: Jun 13, 2023, 2:19 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (May 2023) Request for Onslow County, NC Government: Documents referenced during 04/03/23 Commissioner meeting

     

    Hi Kevin,

     

    Just following up on the request above. Do you have any update on when you anticipate its completion?

     

    In my opinion, I would assume that it should be fairly simple and quick to produce the requested documents, since Commissioner Scott already had them in hand when he held them up at the April 03 meeting.
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    I have been continuing to receive new requests for similar information that will need to be submitted to Onslow County. However, for the moment I am holding off on submitting them, until there has been some resolution to the May 2023 request above.

     

    If I do not hear back in a week, I will go ahead and submit my next records requests.

     

    Thank you for your help!

     

    ~ The Sunshine Request Team


    Status: Follow up
  • May 23, 2023 11:35 am

    9 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Kevin Reopelle <[email protected]>
    date: May 23, 2023, 11:35 AM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (May 2023) Request for Onslow County, NC Government: Documents referenced during 04/03/23 Commissioner meeting

     

    Hi Kevin,

     

    Excellent – Thank you for confirming!

     

    I’ll follow up again in a couple of weeks, if I have not heard anything else before then.

     

    Have a good day!

     

    ~ The Sunshine Request Team


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • May 23, 2023 8:31 am

    9 months ago

    from: Kevin Reopelle <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: May 23, 2023, 8:31 AM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (May 2023) Request for Onslow County, NC Government: Documents referenced during 04/03/23 Commissioner meeting

     

    Greetings,

    We have received this request and are working to fulfill it.

     

    Respectfully,

     

    Kevin Reopelle

    Communications Director

    Phone 910 989-3194

    Web OnslowCountyNC.gov

    Email [email protected]

    Onslow County Government Center

    234 NW Corridor Blvd, Jacksonville NC 28540


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • May 22, 2023 6:05 pm

    9 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Kevin Reopelle <[email protected]>
    cc: [email protected]
    date: May 22, 2023, 6:05 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (May 2023) Request for Onslow County, NC Government: Documents referenced during 04/03/23 Commissioner meeting

     

    Hi again Kevin (or Onslow County, NC. Records Officer), and Julie CCed,

     

    I’m following up on my public records request in the email thread above. First sent to your offices on May 12, 2023, 3:57 PM (10 days ago).
    (May 2023) Request for Onslow County, NC Government: Documents referenced during 04/03/23 Commissioner meeting

     

    Commissioner Walter Scott was also CCed on my original email. I did receive a reply from him on May 12 that just said, “Julie Wand 9103474717“.

     

    I have not received any response from either Julie or Kevin since sending in the request.

     

    Please confirm receipt to let me know the request has begun processing, and please provide an anticipated date or timeline for its completion.

     

    I will follow up again in 1 week, if I have not heard anything else before then.

     

    Thank you for your help!

     

    ~ The Sunshine Request Team


    Status: Follow up
  • May 12, 2023 6:38 pm

    9 months ago

    from: Walter Scott <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: May 12, 2023, 6:38 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (May 2023) Request for Onslow County, NC Government: Documents referenced during 04/03/23 Commissioner meeting

     

    Julie Wand 9103474717

     

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    Status: Response Received from Government
  • May 12, 2023 3:57 pm

    9 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Kevin Reopelle <[email protected]>
    cc: [email protected], [email protected]
    date: May 12, 2023, 3:57 PM
    subject: Records Request: (May 2023) Request for Onslow County, NC Government: Documents referenced during 04/03/23 Commissioner meeting

     

    Good afternoon Kevin (or Onslow County, NC. Records Officer), Julie, and Commissioner Scott,

     

    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 around the end of the month if I have not heard back before then.

     

    Here are the details of the request:

     

    Subject: (May 2023) Request for Onslow County, NC Government: Documents referenced during 04/03/23 Commissioner meeting

     

    Message: “Good afternoon Kevin (or Onslow County, NC. Records Officer), Julie, and Commissioner Scott,

     

    I’d like to make another public records request for the following information under 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’m NOT asking to come in person to inspect, nor to obtain a printed copy of, this electronic record. I’m requesting explicitly that any responsive info be provided to me via an electronic medium / format (in which the copy of this record should already exist).

     

    I do not have any additional or further clarifying info I wish to provide to narrow this request. If it is unclear or 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. **

     

    This request is related to the Onslow County Commissioners meeting on April 03, 2023:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kz-UdUswWi0

     

    Around 1:40:30 in the meeting recording near the end of the agenda, Commissioner Scott held up what he called “a 48 page document … of one of our former employees”, as well as “… [documents of] 5 invoices totaling $72,935.77”. He suggested that those documents should be verified with HR, County Manager, and discussed among “… the citizens and taxpayers of Onslow County”.

     

    Please provide the copy of the “48 page document”, as well as the “5 invoices totaling $72,935.77″, that Mr. Scott held up on camera during the April 03 meeting.

     

    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 am NOT agreeing to pay any potential fees or associated costs related to my request. If it is not 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 can respond.

     

    By Law 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 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!”

     

    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
  • May 9, 2023 4:20 pm

    9 months ago

    Submitted to Sunshine Request
    Status: Pending