Did the News and Tribune just get scooped … again?
The story goes back months — well, years, actually. Now The Aggregate is reporting that a judge has ruled in favor of plaintiffs who seek nothing more than Mayor Jeff Gahan’s compliance with Indiana public records laws.
First, the background.
- Gahan begins search for a disposable scapegoat as Indiana’s Public Access Counselor finds the mayor in violation of the state’s public records law.
- Team Gahan’s failure to fulfill open records requests? That’s Gahan’s political conspiracy against transparency, and it’s HIS problem, not anyone else’s.
- Reader writes about River Run: “I was under the impression public records HAD to be made public.”
- River Run Family Water Park: Why won’t the city of New Albany comply with the law and grant Randy Smith’s public records request to view the financials?
Then the most recent news. The city’s caterwauling should come as no surprise to anyone who has been paying attention to the Gahan administration’s congenital paranoia.
You’re advised to click straight through and read the entire piece, highlighted here.
New Albany Sued for Failure To Produce Public Records, by Jake Sipes-Salter(The Aggregate)
Last Wednesday, the City of New Albany was ordered to pay over $2,000 after it failed to fulfill a public records request.
On November 1st, a trio of Floyd County residents filed a civil lawsuit against the city of New Albany for failing to provide access to public records in violation of the Access to Public Records Act. In a public statement, the plaintiffs claim that, “at its core, it is all about the ideal of open and transparent government.”
The plaintiffs, Floyd County residents Irvin Stumler, Steve Roberts, and Heather Archibald-Peters, claim their rights to access public records were violated when the city of New Albany did not respond to their records requests. Their inquiries, hand-delivered by the plaintiffs to the city on August 28, ranged from legal fees concerning the city of New Albany to revenue data of the River Run Water Park.
On December 10th, Judge Hancock recused himself from the case and the case was given to a special judge. Taking over for Judge Hancock was Judge Vicki Carmichael who presides over Clark County’s 4th Circuit Court.
Shortly afterward on December 18, the waiting game came to an end and the court granted default judgement in the case, meaning that the Court found against the City of New Albany for their failure to adequately respond, despite being granted an extension. As a result, the defendants have been ordered produce the records within 10 days (by December 28th), and are ordered to pay the plaintiffs’ fees in the amount of $162.10 each as well as their attorney fees amounting to $1,642.50.
Even after the city’s extension was granted by the court, they still did not respond to the summons …