Council votes to pursue investigation into Red River, begins drafting subpoena
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - City Council voted 5 to 1 Tuesday on a resolution that would form a committee to draft a subpoena to Red River officials.
Councilman Russ Jehl has been a huge proponent for this move after Red River failed to show up at council on numerous occasions. He says he’s happy to finally move forward and hopefully get some answers.
The resolution was written by Jehl and Councilman Paul Ensley. When it was discussed Tuesday some council members did bring up concerns about diving into drafting a subpoena. Councilwoman Michelle Chambers wondered how much it would cost to do something like this and if it was worth using tax payer dollars to pay for it.
Jehl says in the long run this would end up saving tax payers millions of dollars. He says if the company doesn’t respond then that would speak volumes.
If they’re gonna run and hide I don’t think we as a city should make excuses for them and calling them all sorts of wonderful things. I think we should be calling them what they are which are people who are defaulting on the contract, people that have not dealt with us in good faith and that are continuing to not deal with us in good faith and could ultimately hurt us tremendously,” Jehl said.
He says the committee has been formed and will send the subpoena and attorneys are drafting it up immediately.
ABC21 reached out to the city for reaction to this vote and they sent us a statement:
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