City of Indianapolis may be forced into court over ROC records
By Sandra Chapman, WTHR investigative reporter - bio | email
The City of Indianapolis could get forced into court
after missing two deadlines and failing to turn over internal records related
to the troubled Regional Operations Center.
after a special council committee served a subpoena on the city demanding
internal records on the ROC, the full council will vote
whether to take the city to Marion County Circuit Court.
Investigates has learned city legal has "not produced" at least
30-different documents despite an extended deadline that ended April 2. Initially, the
city was given two weeks to hand over inspection reports, certificates of completion and contracts with the
NFL for use of the ROC during Super Bowl 46.
also wants to know about a proposed $25 million deal with 401 Public
Safety. That is the same company the
city has fought with over maintenance and fire safety issues.
The ROC has
sat vacant since an emergency evacuation back in September. The city has
since been asked to provide emails from Former Public Safety Director Frank
Straub and his staff.
the deadline by a week, Attorney Fred Biesecker warned, "There
are still significant gaps....Please provide a complete
response. Otherwise, I expect the council will pursue its judicial
That remedy will likely cost taxpayers more for a building that is vacant and not up
attorney working on the request declined to speak on camera about missing the
deadlines and the anticipated court action, but told 13 Investigates his staff
is still working to gather the large request.
referendum is expected to come up at Monday's committee meeting, but it
requires a vote from the full council.
As for the ROC, the Public Safety
Director's office said the city now has all required permits in place. 401 Public
Safety is expected to begin work this week but IMPD East District won't be allowed back in until the fire safety
improvements are complete.