Earlier this month, Transpo was accused of holding illegal closed-door meetings about their former South Bend site.
According to a complaint filed by Karen Schefmeyer, Transpo officials held several meetings over the last two years without giving proper notice and without enough members of the board present.
She says Indiana requires all meetings held by public agencies to be accessible to the public. According to Schefmeyer, Transpo did not abide by this law.
On August 6, Transpo responded to the complaint filed by the Howard Park East Bank Neighborhood Association:
The neighborhood association’s complaint reflects their misunderstanding of the terms and operation of Indiana’s Open Door law.
The neighborhood association is under the incorrect belief that a meeting of the majority of the Transpo Board of Directors was required in order to have any discussions regarding the sale of real property.
The Open Door law does not prevent a gathering of less than a majority of the governing body of a public agency from meeting together for any reason, including attending meetings where Transpo’s administration engages the community relating to the disposition of real property.
Therefore, Transpo did not violate Indiana’s Open Door law because a majority of its board of directors was not present at any of the informational and community meetings regarding the Disposition of the Northside Property.
Transpo is committed to moving forward with the disposition of its former headquarters and continuing to provide vital public transportation services to South Bend and Mishawaka.