Claims accusing the Columbus Redevelopment Commission of violating Indiana’s Open Door Law have been rejected by the state public access counselor, who said he does not have enough information to give an opinion on any possible wrongdoing.

Indiana Public Access Counselor Luke Britt wrote in an official opinion May 23 that he lacks information about the creation of a committee overseeing a redevelopment project to determine if that committee is subject to Indiana’s Open Door law.

Dave Jones, a former member of the Columbus Park Board and Plan Commission, and Ken Fudge, a Columbus resident, each filed complaints with Britt’s office accusing the commission of forming committees to oversee three redevelopment projects — on the Riverwalk, State Street and railroad efforts — and then shutting members of the public out of the committee meetings.

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Olivia Covington is a reporter for The Republic. She can be reached at or 812-379-5712.