Other (indicate in message) Submitted: January 5, 2021 | Updated: January 8, 2021

[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 Processing Request

Activity:

  • January 8, 2021 4:04 pm

    2 weeks 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

    2 weeks 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

    2 weeks 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

    2 weeks ago

    Submitted to Sunshine Request
    Status: Pending