City of Asheville November 26, 2018 (2 weeks ago)

Info on funds earmarked for projects which were lobbied for by small groups

Searching for a list of projects that were completed, or are to be completed, that were green lighted on the basis of a lack of disapproval which are also outside the realm of normal city day-to-day functions. In other words, projects that were lobbied for by small groups and funded publicly.

Also searching for the names of any lobby groups related to the above.

Status: Completed

Activity:

  • December 12, 2018 5:05 pm

    12 hours ago

    from: Sunshine Request <records@sunshinerequest.com>
    to: Terry White <twhite@ashevillenc.gov>
    date: Dec 12, 2018, 5:05 PM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Records Request: Info on funds earmarked for projects which were lobbied for by small groups

     

    Terry,

     

    Thank you for your help with this request! We’ve marked it as complete on our website.

     

    Thanks,
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Completed
  • December 12, 2018 4:06 pm

    13 hours ago

    from: Terry White <twhite@ashevillenc.gov>
    to: Sunshine Request <records@sunshinerequest.com>
    date: Dec 12, 2018, 4:06 PM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Records Request: Info on funds earmarked for projects which were lobbied for by small groups

     

    Dear Sunshine Request:

     

    The City of Asheville does not fund projects that are “green lighted on the basis on a lack of disapproval which are also outside the realm of normal city day-to-day functions. … projects that were lobbied for by small groups and funded publicly.” Therefore, the City of Asheville has no records responsive to your request.

     

    The City of Asheville does, through its Community and Economic Development Department (CED) and City Council approval, annually award Strategic Partnership Fund (SPF) grant monies to nonprofit agencies that serve Asheville residents. The grants are typically between $5,000 and $30,000. Information on the SPF program can be found here. The website lists current and past SPF award winners for FY 2016-2017 and FY 2017-2018.

     

    As you can see on the website, the annual grant process begins with the CED issuing an application announcement that results in various community based agencies submitting applications for SPF funding. The applications are received, Reviewed, and go through a funding process. The City Council make the grant awards and the funds are paid for out of the City’s general fund. Each applicant must demonstrate how its organization will directly support the City Council’s 2036 Vision. Since the grants support the City Council’s 2036 Vision, the programs are not outside the realm of the City of Asheville’s day-to-day functions.

    Please let me know if you have additional questions
    All best,

    Teresa (Terry) White
    Public Records Officer
    City of Asheville
    P.O Box 7148
    Asheville, NC 28802
    828.259.5631


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • December 12, 2018 9:24 am

    19 hours ago

    from: Terry White <twhite@ashevillenc.gov>
    to: Sunshine Request <records@sunshinerequest.com>
    date: Dec 12, 2018, 9:24 AM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Records Request: Info on funds earmarked for projects which were lobbied for by small groups

     

    Dear Sunshine Request:
    Thanks for the update. I will forward it to the records custodian.
    All best,
    Terry


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • December 11, 2018 5:56 pm

    1 day ago

    from: Sunshine Request <records@sunshinerequest.com>
    to: Terry White <twhite@ashevillenc.gov>
    date: Dec 11, 2018, 5:56 PM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Records Request: Info on funds earmarked for projects which were lobbied for by small groups

     

    Hi Terry,

     

    Sorry for the delay! We’re also not sure how to interpret the sender’s definition of “small either” – so, on the senders’s behalf, we’ll ask that you just exclude that word from the request.

     

    RE: “Are you asking about projects not proposed by the city but by community groups?”

     

    Yes, that is correct.

     

    Thank you!
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Clarification Provided
  • December 7, 2018 3:18 pm

    5 days ago

    from: Terry White <twhite@ashevillenc.gov>
    to: Sunshine Request <records@sunshinerequest.com>
    date: Nov 29, 2018, 3:18 PM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Records Request: Info on funds earmarked for projects which were lobbied for by small groups

     

    Dear Sunshine Request:
    In order to find the records responsive to this request I need some clarification. We are not sure what projects you are asking about.
    How do you define “small”?
    Are you asking about projects not proposed by the city but by community groups?
    Once I have the answers to these questions, I will work to find any records responsive to your request.
    Thank you.

     

    Terry White
    Public Records Officer
    City of Asheville
    P.O Box 7148
    Asheville, NC 28802
    828.259.5631


    Status: Clarification Requested
  • November 29, 2018 9:13 am

    1 week ago

    from: Terry White <twhite@ashevillenc.gov>
    to: Sunshine Request <records@sunshinerequest.com>
    date: Nov 29, 2018, 9:15 AM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Records Request: Info on funds earmarked for projects which were lobbied for by small groups

     

    Dear Sunshine Request:
    I have received your public records request and have forwarded same to the appropriate record custodian(s) for processing. Once processing is complete, I will forward you any responsive records. In the meantime, please let me know if you have any questions.
    All best,

    Terry White
    Public Records Officer
    City of Asheville
    P.O Box 7148
    Asheville, NC 28802
    828.259.5631


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • November 27, 2018 5:27 pm

    2 weeks ago

    from: Sunshine Request <records@sunshinerequest.com>
    to: opengov@ashevillenc.gov
    date: Nov 27, 2018, 5:27 PM
    subject: Records Request: Info on funds earmarked for projects which were lobbied for by small groups

     

    Good Evening City of Asheville,

     

    We’ve just received a new request via www.sunshinerequest.com for information that may be available in your office.

     

    Here are the details of the request:

     

    Subject: Info on funds earmarked for projects which were lobbied for by small groups

     

    Message:
    “Searching for a list of projects that were completed, or are to be completed, that were green lighted on the basis of a lack of disapproval which are also outside the realm of normal city day-to-day functions. In other words, projects that were lobbied for by small groups and funded publicly.

     

    Also searching for the names of any lobby groups related to the above.”

     

    Thank you for your assistance!
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Sent to Government