Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Judge Tosses Westfield Open Door Lawsuit
As expected, Hamilton Circuit Court Judge Paul Felix tossed a lawsuit filed by Westfield mayoral candidate Jeff Harpe challenging the city's $53 million plan to allow the politically-connected Holladay Properties firm to develop an indoor soccer arena based on the council's violation of the state's Open Door Law in approving the one-sided deal. Judge Felix's ruling was based on Harpe's failure to bring the lawsuit within the 30-day time period required by law. Now maybe his attorney will actually file a lawsuit that will stand up in court--like the fact that Mayor Andy Cook bypassed the mandatory RFP requirement set forth in state law in handpicking Holladay Properties to build the indoor soccer arena.