Thursday, December 14, 2000

Ballpark board must meet publicly

        Cincinnati's Urban Design Review Board must hold public meetings when its members review architectural designs for publicly funded projects.

        A judge has told city officials to open the review board's meetings, changing the board's practice of meeting behind closed doors.

        The judge's order, expected to be finalized within a few weeks, was in response to a lawsuit filed earlier this year by The Cincinnati Enquirer. The newspaper sued after its reporters were denied access to meetings regarding the Reds' new stadium on the riverfront.

        Common Pleas Judge Steven Martin said the board's meetings should be open whenever the discussion involves a city contract with a private developer. He said the meetings would not necessarily be open if a city official consulted the board for advice about an issue unrelated to a city contract.

        The board consists of four architects who review designs and make recommendations about those designs to City Manager John Shirey.


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