Council committee heading to court over ROC

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A committee of the Indianapolis City-County Council feels like it is being ignored by the Mayor’s Office. So, Monday night, the committee asked for some help from the full council.

The committee is investigating the lease that established the old Eastgate Mall as the ROC, the Regional Operation Center, in Indianapolis. The city selected the site as its command center before the Super Bowl came to Indianapolis. But, later, for safety reasons, the city had to close the ROC.

The investigative committee subpoenaed documents.

At the Monday night committee hearing, attorney Fred Biesecker said “there’s been some progress.” But, “there are still significant gaps in the production.

Biesecker, the General Counsel for the City-County Council, said he can’t draw any conclusions about the investigation without all the evidence. And, he can’t make recommendations without such information. “All I want is the documents so that … I can do my job and the committee can do its job.”

The committee voted to challenge the “refusal to produce documents in compliance with the March 10th subpoena” and to seek a court order requiring production of the remaining documents. The council resolution would put a little political muscle behind the records request.

Samantha DeWester, Deputy Corporation Counsel for Indianapolis, told 24-Hour News 8 the city “continues to gather documents in response to the Committee’s broad, voluminous requests.”

The committee proposal goes to the full council at its April 14th meeting.

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