Other (indicate in message) Submitted: January 5, 2021 | Updated: January 20, 2022

[See Editor’s Note](January 2021) 3 part request related to Confederate statue in Sylva, NC

Subject 1: Confederate statue Sylva, NC

Message 1: “Jackson County, NC
There have been some alterations started for the Confederate statue near the JC library. This request is for the costs (labor and materials) for the time period indicated. If the response is as has happened in the past, Jackson County does not have timesheets, labor allocation etc by job code or project [REDACTED].

Entity: Other
Start Date / End Date: 12/7/20 to 12/19/20
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Subject 2: Confederate Statue Sylva NC Jackson County, NC

Message 2: “Jackson County government. Commissioners and County Manager.
This quote was recently published in Blue Ridge Public Radio Piece: County Commissioner Gayle Woody says that the commissioners wanted to wait until after the November election.
“We decided to wait until January to discuss the wording and all, so that it would reflect the slate of commissioners that we have now,” said Woody.
Please provide agenda,meeting minutes and any vote results from when this decision was made. Additionally, please provide all communications via all modes (email, text, social media etc) to and from county commissioners, the county manager and county attorney related to the Confederate statue and the decision that is indicated to have been made.
Thank you”

Entity: Other
Start Date / End Date: 10/01/20 to 12/20/20

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.

Editor’s Note 01/05/20: Over the past year we received numerous requests for similar information (as the requests above). You can track the results of those requests here:

https://www.sunshinerequest.com/records_request/june-2020-request-for-jackson-county-nc-communications-related-to-confederate-monument-located-in-sylva/

https://www.sunshinerequest.com/records_request/july-2020-request-for-jackson-county-nc-confederate-monument-statue-info-as-of-07-15-20/

https://www.sunshinerequest.com/records_request/august-2020-request-for-town-of-sylva-communications-regarding-confederate-monument-at-sylva-nc-courthouse-as-of-07-31-20/

https://www.sunshinerequest.com/records_request/august-2020-request-for-jackson-county-communications-regarding-confederate-statue-at-sylva-nc-courthouse-as-of-07-31-20/

https://www.sunshinerequest.com/records_request/july-2020-request-for-history-of-ownership-of-memorials-located-on-the-old-courthouse-square-in-shelby-nc/

https://www.sunshinerequest.com/records_request/august-2020-request-for-jackson-county-nc-communications-related-to-confederate-statue-05-01-20-08-29-20/

https://www.sunshinerequest.com/records_request/september-2020-jackson-county-nc-sheriffs-office-communications-funds-related-to-protests-and-statue-protection-as-of-09-01-20/

https://www.sunshinerequest.com/records_request/september-2020-request-for-sylva-nc-police-department-communications-funds-related-to-protests-and-statue-protection-as-of-09-01-20/


Related to the new requests (above) — We received two requests around the same time, for similar information. In order to simplify our process, and to avoid duplicating requests, we have combined the two new submissions and have merged them into one, three part request (see below).

Additionally – The original submissions have been revised for some clarity. As they were originally written, it is unclear what specific info the sender hopes to receive. The request we send to Jackson County, NC Gov will read as follows:

“Hello Jackson County, NC Government (County Commissioners and County Manager),

I’d like to make a three part, public records request for the following information:

[Part 1 of 3]

1. I believe that alterations have begun on the Confederate statue near the JC library, and I’d like to make a public records request for the costs (labor and materials) spent during the specific time period 12/07/20 – 12/19/20.

I have been told in the past that Jackson County “does not have timesheets, labor allocation etc. by job code or project.” However, I do not feel that was a satisfactory answer – I feel that the County should be able to incorporate cost codes, project codes, etc, or some specific information so that taxpayers know how their tax dollars are allocated. Such records should definitely exist, and should be public, in my opinion.

If it is not possible to fulfill the request above, please clearly cite any specific reasoning for the denial.

[Editor’s Note to Sender – We acknowledge that under NC Public Records law the County is not required to “…creat[e] or compil[e] a record that does not exist. If a public agency, as a service to the requester, voluntarily elects to create or compile a record, it may” … and they are not required to “….put into electronic medium a record that is not kept in electronic medium.”]
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[Part 2 of 3]

2. I believe a quote was recently published in a Blue Ridge Public Radio Piece related to the Confederate statue in Sylva, NC which said that “…County Commissioner Gayle Woody says that the commissioners wanted to wait until after the November election…” and that they“…decided to wait until January to discuss the wording and all, so that it would reflect the slate of commissioners that we have now…”

I’d like to request that you please provide the agenda, meeting minutes and any vote results from when this decision was made, during the specific time period of 10/01/20 – 12/20/20.
————–

[Part 3 of 3]

3. Additionally, I’d like to request that you please provide all communications (email, text, social media) sent to and from County Commissioners, the County Manager and County Attorney related to the Confederate statue and the decision that is indicated to have been made in #2 (above). Please provide the responsive records during the specific time period of 10/01/20 -12/20/20.

Thank you for your assistance!”


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Status: Government Denied Request

Activity:

  • January 20, 2022 4:25 pm

    8 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Kathleen Breedlove – HR <[email protected]>
    cc: Public Records Request <[email protected]>
    date: Jan 20, 2022, 4:25 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (January 2021) 3 part request related to Confederate statue in Sylva, NC

     

    Good afternoon Kathleen,

     

    This is our fourth attempt to follow up on Part 3 of this request from January 6th, 2021: (January 2021) 3 part request related to Confederate statue in Sylva, NC

     

    For now, we’re going to mark this request as denied, and if you wish to respond / complete the request at some point, we’ll be happy to reopen at that time. Should the original sender wish to to submit a new request through our website they are encouraged to do so.

     

    Thank you!


    Status: Government Denied Request
  • December 10, 2021 4:32 pm

    9 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Kathleen Breedlove – HR <[email protected]>
    date: Dec 10, 2021, 4:32 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (January 2021) 3 part request related to Confederate statue in Sylva, NC

     

    Good afternoon Kathleen,

     

    I am checking in another time on Part 3 of this request from January 6th: (January 2021) 3 part request related to Confederate statue in Sylva, NC

     

    Is there any update to report? This is the last follow up attempt I am making before marking this request as denied. I will do so in January if I don’t hear back before then.

     

    Thank you!


    Status: Follow up
  • November 4, 2021 1:15 pm

    10 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Kathleen Breedlove – HR <[email protected]>
    date: Nov 4, 2021, 1:15 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (January 2021) 3 part request related to Confederate statue in Sylva, NC

     

    Good afternoon Kathleen,

     

    I am checking in again on Part 3 of this request from January 6th: (January 2021) 3 part request related to Confederate statue in Sylva, NC

     

    Is there any update to report? I will plan on following up one last time in early December if I don’t hear back before then.

     

    Thank you!

     


    Status: Follow up
  • October 6, 2021 3:32 pm

    11 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Kathleen Breedlove – HR <[email protected]>
    date: Oct 6, 2021, 3:32 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (January 2021) 3 part request related to Confederate statue in Sylva, NC

     

    Good afternoon Kathleen,

     

    Checking in on Part 3 of this request from January 6th. Is there any update to report? I will plan on following up again later this month if I don’t hear back before then.

     

    Thank you!


    Status: Follow up
  • September 8, 2021 3:16 pm

    1 year ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Kathleen Breedlove – HR <[email protected]>
    date: Sep 8, 2021, 3:16 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (January 2021) 3 part request related to Confederate statue in Sylva, NC

     

    Good afternoon Kathleen,

     

    Thank you for replying and for sending over the documents that satisfy Part 1 and 2 of this request.

     

    I will follow up again regarding “Part 3” of the request at the end of the month.

     

    Appreciate your help!


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • September 1, 2021 12:42 pm

    1 year ago

    from: Kathleen Breedlove – HR <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Sep 1, 2021, 12:42 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (January 2021) 3 part request related to Confederate statue in Sylva, NC

     

    [Part 1 of 3] – Lumber and paint in the amount of $204.32
    [Part 2 of 3] – See attachments – 2020-10-13 Work Session Minutes.pdf; 2020-10-13 Work Session Agenda.pdf
    [Part 3 of 3] – pending status.

     

    Kathleen Breedlove
    Jackson County Human Resources
    401 Grindstaff Cove Road, Suite A-218
    Sylva, NC 28779
    Office 828.631.2264 Fax 828.631.2266
    [email protected]

    **Editor’s Note: Please see referenced file at top left in documents


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • September 1, 2021 12:31 pm

    1 year ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Kathleen Breedlove – HR <[email protected]>
    date: Sep 1, 2021, 12:31 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (January 2021) 3 part request related to Confederate statue in Sylva, NC

     

    Good afternoon Kathleen,

     

    This is our 8th attempt to follow up on this request without hearing anything back. For now, we’re going to mark this request as denied, and if you wish to respond / complete the request at some point, we’ll be happy to reopen at that time.

     

    Thank you!


    Status: Government Denied Request
  • August 16, 2021 4:34 pm

    1 year ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Kathleen Breedlove – HR <[email protected]>
    date: Aug 16, 2021, 4:34 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (January 2021) 3 part request related to Confederate statue in Sylva, NC

     

    Good afternoon Jackson County Government,

     

    Hope you’ve been well!

     

    This is now the 7th follow up on this request since 1/8 with no reply: (January 2021) 3 part request related to Confederate statue in Sylva, NC

     

    You had confirmed receipt on January 7th (the day after the request was sent in), letting us know that “Processing of this request will begin in approximately 30 – 45 days.”

     

    If you know any approximate date for completion that would be great. In any case we’ll make one more attempt to follow up later this month if there’s no update before then.

     

    Thank you!


    Status: Follow up
  • July 8, 2021 4:13 pm

    1 year ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Kathleen Breedlove – HR <[email protected]>
    cc: LeNay Shular <[email protected]>,
    [email protected]
    date: Jul 8, 2021, 4:13 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (January 2021) 3 part request related to Confederate statue in Sylva, NC

     

    Good afternoon Jackson County Government,


    I have sent 5 follow ups since 1/8 with no reply. Please let me know when you anticipate completion. I’ll make one more attempt to follow up around the end of the month, and if there has been no reply I will mark as denied at that time. Should you wish to reply at some point in the future once the request has been marked as denied, I can reopen it and mark as completed.

     

    Thank you!


    Status: Follow up
  • June 2, 2021 3:41 pm

    1 year ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Kathleen Breedlove – HR <[email protected]>
    cc: LeNay Shular <[email protected]>,
    [email protected]
    date: Jun 2, 2021, 3:41 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (January 2021) 3 part request related to Confederate statue in Sylva, NC

     

    Good afternoon Kathleen,

     

    Hope you’ve been well!

     

    Checking in another time on this public records request that was sent in on January 6th: (January 2021) 3 part request related to Confederate statue in Sylva, NC

     

    You had confirmed receipt the day after it was sent in, and informed us “Processing of this request will begin in approximately 30 – 45 days.”

     

    I just wanted to reach out again to see if there was any update to report? This is our 5th follow up email to your office with no reply.

     

    Appreciate all your help!


    Status: Follow up
  • May 13, 2021 2:40 pm

    1 year ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Kathleen Breedlove – HR <[email protected]>
    cc: [email protected]
    date: May 13, 2021, 2:40 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (January 2021) 3 part request related to Confederate statue in Sylva, NC

     

    Good afternoon Kathleen,

     

    Checking in again on this public records request that was sent in on January 6th: (January 2021) 3 part request related to Confederate statue in Sylva, NC

     

    You had confirmed receipt the day after it was sent in, and informed us “Processing of this request will begin in approximately 30 – 45 days.”

     

    I just wanted to reach out again to see if there was any update to report?

     

    Appreciate all your help!


    Status: Follow up
  • April 22, 2021 12:26 pm

    1 year ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Kathleen Breedlove – HR <[email protected]>
    date: Apr 22, 2021, 12:26 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (January 2021) 3 part request related to Confederate statue in Sylva, NC

     

    Good afternoon Kathleen,

     

    Hope you’ve been well!

     

    Wanted to check in on this request to see if there’s any update? I’ll plan on following up on this request in early May.

     

    Thank you!


    Status: Follow up
  • March 31, 2021 4:48 pm

    1 year ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Kathleen Breedlove – HR <[email protected]>
    date: Mar 31, 2021, 4:48 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (January 2021) 3 part request related to Confederate statue in Sylva, NC

     

    Good afternoon Kathleen,

     

    Following up on this request again to see if there was an update to report? I’ll plan on following up on this request in mid-April.

     

    Thank you!


    Status: Follow up
  • March 4, 2021 4:22 pm

    1 year ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Kathleen Breedlove – HR <[email protected]>
    date: Mar 4, 2021, 4:22 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (January 2021) 3 part request related to Confederate statue in Sylva, NC

     

    Good afternoon Kathleen,

     

    We’re checking in on this request to see if there was any update to report? I will plan on following up again at the end of the month if I don’t hear back before then.

     

    Thank you!


    Status: Follow up
  • January 8, 2021 4:04 pm

    1 year ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Kathleen Breedlove – HR <[email protected]>
    date: Jan 8, 2021, 4:04 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (January 2021) 3 part request related to Confederate statue in Sylva, NC

     

    Good afternoon Kathleen,

     

    Thank you for confirming receipt of this request! We will hold off on following up on this request again until late February.

     

    Thanks for all your help,
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • January 7, 2021 11:38 am

    1 year ago

    from: Kathleen Breedlove – HR <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Jan 7, 2021, 11:38 AM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (January 2021) 3 part request related to Confederate statue in Sylva, NC

     

    This confirms receipt of this request. Processing of this request will begin in approximately 30 – 45 days.

     

    Kathleen Breedlove
    Jackson County Human Resources
    401 Grindstaff Cove Road, Suite A-218
    Sylva, NC 28779
    Office 828.631.2264 Fax 828.631.2266
    [email protected]


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • January 6, 2021 3:53 pm

    1 year ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Kathleen Breedlove – HR <[email protected]>
    date: Jan 6, 2021, 3:53 PM
    subject: Records Request: (January 2021) 3 part request related to Confederate statue in Sylva, NC

     

    Good afternoon Jackson County Government,

     

    We received another new records request via our site www.sunshinerequest.com for info that may be available in your office. If there’s another party that we should be contacting about this request then please let us know.

     

    Please confirm receipt to let us know the request will begin processing, and if possible, please provide a rough estimate of when the request may be completed. We will plan on following up again around that time.

     

    Here are the details:

     

    Subject: (January 2021) 3 part request related to Confederate statue in Sylva, NC

     

    Message: ““Hello Jackson County, NC Government (County Commissioners and County Manager),

     

    I’d like to make a three part, public records request for the following information:

     

    [Part 1 of 3]

     

    1. I believe that alterations have begun on the Confederate statue near the JC library, and I’d like to make a public records request for the costs (labor and materials) spent during the specific time period 12/07/20 – 12/19/20.

     

    I have been told in the past that Jackson County “does not have timesheets, labor allocation etc. by job code or project.” However, I do not feel that was a satisfactory answer – I feel that the County should be able to incorporate cost codes, project codes, etc, or some specific information so that taxpayers know how their tax dollars are allocated. Such records should definitely exist, and should be public, in my opinion.

     

    If it is not possible to fulfill the request above, please clearly cite any specific reasoning for the denial.

     

    [Editor’s Note to Sender – We acknowledge that under NC Public Records law the County is not required to “…creat[e] or compil[e] a record that does not exist. If a public agency, as a service to the requester, voluntarily elects to create or compile a record, it may” … and they are not required to “….put into electronic medium a record that is not kept in electronic medium.”]
    ————–

     

    [Part 2 of 3]

     

    2. I believe a quote was recently published in a Blue Ridge Public Radio Piece related to the Confederate statue in Sylva, NC which said that “…County Commissioner Gayle Woody says that the commissioners wanted to wait until after the November election…” and that they “…decided to wait until January to discuss the wording and all, so that it would reflect the slate of commissioners that we have now…”

     

    I’d like to request that you please provide the agenda, meeting minutes and any vote results from when this decision was made, during the specific time period of 10/01/20 – 12/20/20.
    ————–

     

    [Part 3 of 3]

     

    3. Additionally, I’d like to request that you please provide all communications (email, text, social media) sent to and from County Commissioners, the County Manager and County Attorney related to the Confederate statue and the decision that is indicated to have been made in #2 (above). Please provide the responsive records during the specific time period of 10/01/20 -12/20/20.

     

    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.

     

    Thank you for your help,
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Sent to Government
  • January 5, 2021 5:41 pm

    1 year ago

    Submitted to Sunshine Request
    Status: Pending