|Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard|
Several news reports showed ParkIndy workers had installed meter readers on top of old rusty meter bases. Lou Gerig, spokesman for ParkIndy, indicated that the company had no intention of replacing parking meters that were "functional."
Further investigation revealed that even the newer meter readers used by ParkIndy were used. ParkIndy has also been accused of using city meter equipment, treating the taxpayer property as if that equipment belonged to the private company.
Gerig defended ParkIndy's decision not to replace the parking meters and challenged the Mayor's claim that the company had breached the contract. "It is not the fault of ParkIndy that nobody in the administration or the council thought to specify in the contract that the City would be getting new parking meters. Nothing in the contract requires new equipment."
|Newer Meter Top Placed Upon Rusty Meter|
In a news release, Marion County Democratic Chairman Ed Treacy criticized the timing of the decision. "The truth is the Mayor's campaign people took a poll and found out that Indianapolis residents were overwhelming against the contract. The truth is that Mayor Ballard wants to cancel it so it won't be used against him as a political issue. By waiting so long he has now insured that the City will be embroiled in expensive and lengthy litigation to try to break the contract."
Corporation Counsel Samantha Karn indicated that the law firm Barnes & Thornburg had been retained to represent the City in any breach of contract litigation against ParkIndy. When asked about a potential conflict of interest since ACS is the primary company behind "ParkIndy" and ACS is represented by Barnes & Thornburg, B&T partner Joe Loftus, himself a lobbyist for ACS and paid adviser to the Mayor, said the law firm would deal with any conflict by erecting a wall at the the law firm so that lawyers for the City would not share information with the firm's lawyers working for ACS on the other side of any lawsuit.