Law of Agendas for ERC Special Meetings


Snegal: Sneaky but Legal

The Applicable Law:

I.C. 5-14-1.5-5 of the Indiana Open Door law provides that if the ERC intends to utilize an Agenda and does in fact utilize an Agenda for the Special Meeting, it must post a copy of the Agenda at the entrance to the meeting room location prior to such Special Meeting.

Attorney’s Opinion

I believe the ERC is not required by law to actually state the purpose of the Special Meeting prior to such meeting unless it is set forth in the Agenda, which must then be posted on the meeting room door prior to the Special Meeting.


The ERC has an opportunity to be transparent with the people of Evansville but is deliberately choosing not to be. The law does not require that they post any agenda period with respect to this special meeting and they are hiding behind that law. Just because it is legal does not make it right. There is much public interest in two items and those are of course the McCurdy and the downtown hotel. The courtesy of agenda line items is the least that we as citizens and taxpayers should expect from these appointed officials.

What we get however is the equivalent of a middle finger and a condescending stare from what has become a tribunal of foolish arrogance. SNEGAL was invented for these people and the puppet master that pulls their strings.


  1. Calling the ERC “a tribunal of foolish arrogance” is like saying Charlie Sheen has a few issues. The ERC over 4 years lost $1.5 million on the McCurdy hotel while the building sits rotting. This ERC could not operate a lemonade stand in a heatwave. No more meetings, you’ve done enough damage to last a decade.

  2. If you’re like me and don’t have a whole lot of stuff to do on December 28, 2011 at 10 AM it might be a good idea to have a couple of hundred concerned citizens show up in Room 307 in the Civic Center to find out what this gang of fools will be up to. The business to be conducted at that meeting might be something that conservatives and Tea Party types might be interested in preventing, if at all possible.

    Anybody in the mood to start chanting “Nan-a-na-na, nan-a-na-na, hey, hey, hey, hey, Good-Bye?!” It’s about time somebody jerked these guys’ chains!

    • Dr. John,
      Since you are more versed on this issue than I, would you consider writing a comment to the editorial page in the Courier to be published asap. It would have to be done and emailed today. You could then announce the ERC meeting and its most likely intent and that attendance is most important. It is another way to reach a large group of citizens. Also, Mr. Wallace, you would be an excellent choice to write such an article.
      Thank you!

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