City of Asheville October 5, 2017 (1 year ago)

List of all the times Mayor Esther Manheimer has had to recuse herself from development votes

Mayor Esther Manheimer works at Van Winkle, the largest real estate development law firm in Asheville. Due to the fact that a large amount of the developers who bring projects before City Council have retained her firm to ensure approval of their projects, she had had to recuse herself from voting on several occasions because of "Conflict of Interest".

I would like a chronological list beginning when she was still just a member of City Council up until her present day position as Mayor, of all the times that Esther has had to recuse herself from development votes. Please include a copy of the City Council agenda and meeting minutes from those instances along with the name of the development firm / individual and the particular project up for approval.

Status: Completed

Activity:

  • October 27, 2017 1:34 pm

    1 year ago

    5:06 pm

    Hi Ben,

    Thank you very much for your assistance with the request.

    Have a great weekend!

    Sunshine Request

     

    1:34 pm

    Hello Sunshine,

    At this link you will find the action agendas. These will show when a member of council has recused themselves from a vote. The agenda’s on our website go back to 2015.

    The Link http://www.ashevillenc.gov/council/meeting_materials.htm

    Agendas back to 2010 have been posted here in this folder.

    https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B1cEwlT8bz9pbkFmR2thc3ZhS00?usp=sharing

    If you have any questions let me know.

    Ben Fulmer

    **Editor’s note: You may also see all documents at top left. The Sunshine request team is also aware of this search tool that the city provides, which may be useful to the requester. http://www.ashevillenc.gov/council/search_asheville_city_council_minutes_.htm**


    Status: Completed
  • October 25, 2017 3:55 pm

    1 year ago

    5:37 pm

    Hi Ben,

    No problem. Thank you for letting me know!
    Thank you for your help ūüôā
    Sunshine Request.

    3:55pm

    Hello Sunshine,

    I’m emailing to inform you that due to unforeseen circumstances all of the requests you have submitted in October will be delayed. The city recently made the move to gmail. The opengov email address transferred but I was only able to get access to it today. This is why you did not receive a confirmation letter or update when requested. I apologize for the inconvenience and assure you that we are working on your requests now.

    Ben Fulmer


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • October 19, 2017 4:15 pm

    1 year ago

    Hi City of Asheville,
    Just want to check in with you again about this specific request sent on Oct. 5, and check what the status may be.
    I will also follow up (in separate email threads) on the 5 other requests sent in to Asheville City Gov.
    Please confirm receipt of this request, List of all the times Mayor Esther Manheimer has had to recuse herself from development votes, and let me know if you have any questions.
    Have a great evening!
    Sunshine Request

    Status: Follow up
  • October 10, 2017 3:53 pm

    1 year ago

    Good Afternoon City of Asheville, 

    I want to follow up with you about the status of 6 requests submitted to our website www.sunshinerequest.com and sent to City of Asheville. All of these were sent in last week and the previous week. Can you please confirm receipt of these requests?

    Email Subjects:

    Records Request: US Cellular Center change in concession worker ‘tip pool’ policy

    Records Request: Asheville Police Department Operating Cost Budget 2017-2018 Adopted

    Records Request: City of Asheville salaries on 10/1/2017

    Records Request: List of all the times Mayor Esther Manheimer has had to recuse herself from development votes

    Records Request: Political Action Campaigns & Conflicts of Interest

    Records Request: Anti-retaliation policy

    As always, thank you for your help!

    Have a sunny day!

    Sunshine Request


    Status: Follow up
  • October 5, 2017 5:31 pm

    1 year ago

    Hi City of Asheville,
    We just received another records request via www.sunshinerequest.com! Here are the details:
    Subject:¬†“List of all the times Mayor Esther Manheimer has had to recuse herself from development votes”
    Message:
     
    “Mayor Esther Manheimer works at Van Winkle, the largest real estate development law firm in Asheville. Due to the fact that a large amount of the developers who bring projects before City Council have retained her firm to ensure approval of their projects, she had had to recuse herself from voting on several occasions because of “Conflict of Interest”.
    I would like a chronological list beginning when she was still just a member of City Council up until her present day position as Mayor, of all the times that Esther has had to recuse herself from development votes. Please include a copy of the City Council agenda and meeting minutes from those instances along with the name of the development firm / individual and the particular project up for approval.”
    Editor’s Note:¬†Please note that the requestor filled out the timeline field on our website which indicates that the date range for this request should also include the period of Jan. 1, 2010 – Oct. 5, 2017.
    Thank you for your help with this request!
    Sunshine

    Status: Sent to Government