Tuesday, June 06, 2000

Enquirer sues for stadium documents

By Dan Klepal
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The Cincinnati Enquirer filed a lawsuit Monday against Hamilton County and the four companies building Paul Brown Stadium to obtain documents related to the $45 million in cost overruns and the stadium's construction schedule.

        The Enquirer twice requested all correspondence related to the cost overruns among the construction project team — the county; a three-company construction manager Turner, Barton Malow, D.A.G; and project manager Getz Ventures.

        Hamilton County officials produced documents they received related to the cost overruns, but said the documents circulated among other project team members were off limits.

        Carl Stich, Hamilton County's first assistant prosecuting attorney, has said that private companies produce private documents and don't have to release them to the public.

        Mr. Stich would not talk about the lawsuit Monday, saying: “We really can't comment until we've seen it.”

        The lawsuit claims that contracts between the county and project team show those private companies have been working for the county on a public works project. That means the records produced by those companies belong to the public, according to the lawsuit.

        “Any records created, received by or coming under the jurisdiction of the Construction Team, or any member thereof, relating to the construction of the stadium constitute public records as defined by (state law),” the lawsuit states.

        The suit was filed in the Ohio 1st District Court of Appeals.


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