INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - An Indianapolis City-County Council committee will examine whether there was anything inappropriate in a lease on a big piece of property.
The new investigation involves a place called the ROC - the Regional Operations Center - in what used to be the Eastgate Mall on Shadeland Avenue.
Police and local Homeland Security officials used the building to coordinate public safety during big events such as the Super Bowl and last December's blizzard. This past September, the ROC had to be closed due to safety concerns.
The center opened in 2011 after an $18 million renovation. In deciding to close the building established by his predecessor, Public Safety Director Troy Riggs said he could not have people working in a building considered unsafe. The city's office of Code Enforcement found a number of violations in October 2012.
The Monday night meeting established the foundation for the committee's investigation and its review of the lease on the property.
Democrat Angela Mansfield said Frank Straub, the former Public Safety director, is "one, I think, many of us would love to be able to subpoena and actually ask very, very pointed questions about what took place." She acknowledged that won't happen since Straub is now chief of police in Spokane, Wash.)
"I have a feeling if we went around the table, every single one of us would say: something wasn't right with what took place here and we want to get to the bottom of it," he said.
Committee Chairman Joe Simpson said he expects to lead four investigational sessions. They will start Dec. 2nd and end in February.
Click here to follow the investigation online.
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