Buncombe County Submitted: November 28, 2022 | Updated: December 7, 2022

(November 2022) Multi-part request for Buncombe County, NC Government: List of amounts and dates of law firm “costs and savings”. 06/30/2017 – 11/19/2022.

Hello Buncombe County, NC Government (Records Officer),

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

This request is related to “Ron Payne costs and savings”.

A) If such a record exists – Please provide a detailed list (with amount, and dates) of the $3,563,981 that Ron Payne and his law firm(s) [unspecified] have reportedly recovered “for Buncombe County”. During the specific time period of June 30, 2017 through November 19, 2022.

In my opinion, it seems to me the number hasn’t changed in over 2 years.

B) If such a record exists – Please provide a detailed list (with amount, and dates) that Ron Payne and his law firm(s) [unspecified] have been paid “by Buncombe County”. During the specific time period of June 30, 2017 through November 19, 2022.

In my opinion, it seems to me the “money recovered” is old / old news, and that the money being “paid out” continues today.


I am not requesting to come in person to inspect, nor to obtain printed copies of, electronic records. In accordance with NC Public Records Law, I’m requesting explicitly that all responsive records be provided via an electronic medium / format (in which the records should already exist), such as an email, file share, google drive folder, mailed flash drive if necessary, etc.
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[** Editor’s Note to Kassi: We do not have any additional or further clarifying info to provide other than what you see in the message above. 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 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 our Team. Please do not commingle or treat that as an alteration or cancellation of our request – We intend to continue to pursue our request.

Please note that we 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 us know the itemized potential cost.]

Thank you for your assistance!

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Editor’s Note 11/28/22: The original submission above has been revised for clarity.


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Status: Completed

Activity:

  • December 7, 2022 10:50 am

    1 month ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: “Kassi L. Day” <[email protected]>
    cc: “Michael C. Frue” <[email protected]>
    date: Dec 7, 2022, 10:50 AM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (November 2022) Multi-part request for Buncombe County, NC Government: List of amounts and dates of law firm “costs and savings”. 06/30/2017 – 11/19/2022.

     

    Good morning Kassi,

     

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

     

    Have a good day.


    Status: Completed
  • December 6, 2022 5:00 pm

    1 month ago

    from: Kassi L. Day <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    cc: “Michael C. Frue” <[email protected]>
    date: Dec 6, 2022, 5:00 PM
    subject: RE: Records Request: (November 2022) Multi-part request for Buncombe County, NC Government: List of amounts and dates of law firm “costs and savings”. 06/30/2017 – 11/19/2022.

     

    Hello Sunshine, please see the attached. Thanks,

     

    Kassi Day

    She/her

    Communications & Public Engagement

    (828) 250-4119 / cell (828) 767-3226

    199 College St., Asheville, NC 28801

    Respect. Integrity. Collaboration. Honesty. Equity.

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    **Editor’s Note: Please see referenced file “Costs-and-Recoveries.pdf” at top left in documents


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • November 29, 2022 12:55 pm

    2 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: “Kassi L. Day” <[email protected]>
    cc: “Michael C. Frue” <[email protected]>
    date: Nov 29, 2022, 12:55 PM
    subject: Records Request: (November 2022) Multi-part request for Buncombe County, NC Government: List of amounts and dates of law firm “costs and savings”. 06/30/2017 – 11/19/2022.

     

    Hello Buncombe County Government (Records Officer),

     

    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 December if I have not heard back before then.

     

    Here are the details of the request:

     

    Subject: (November 2022) Multi-part request for Buncombe County, NC Government: List of amounts and dates of law firm “costs and savings”. 06/30/2017 – 11/19/2022.

     

    Message: “Hello Buncombe County, NC Government (Records Officer),

     

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

     

    This request is related to “Ron Payne costs and savings”.

     

    A) If such a record exists – Please provide a detailed list (with amount, and dates) of the $3,563,981 that Ron Payne and his law firm(s) [unspecified] have reportedly recovered “for Buncombe County”. During the specific time period of June 30, 2017 through November 19, 2022.

     

    In my opinion, it seems to me the number hasn’t changed in over 2 years.

     

    B) If such a record exists – Please provide a detailed list (with amount, and dates) that Ron Payne and his law firm(s) [unspecified] have been paid “by Buncombe County”. During the specific time period of June 30, 2017 through November 19, 2022.

     

    In my opinion, it seems to me the “money recovered” is old / old news, and that the money being “paid out” continues today.

     

    I am not requesting to come in person to inspect, nor to obtain printed copies of, electronic records. In accordance with NC Public Records Law, I’m requesting explicitly that all responsive records be provided via an electronic medium / format (in which the records should already exist), such as an email, file share, google drive folder, mailed flash drive if necessary, etc.
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    [** Editor’s Note to Kassi: We do not have any additional or further clarifying info to provide other than what you see in the message above. 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 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 our Team. Please do not commingle or treat that as an alteration or cancellation of our request – We intend to continue to pursue our request.

     

    Please note that we 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 us know the itemized potential cost.]

     

    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
  • November 28, 2022 6:49 pm

    2 months ago

    Submitted to Sunshine Request
    Status: Pending