City sued over records access

The city of Augusta has been hit with another lawsuit alleging that officials withheld public documents.

 

The Association for Fair Government filed suit in Richmond County Superior Court on Thursday. The suit, filed by attorney Robert A. Mullins, seeks a court order declaring that sealed procurements are public documents.

The city will have 30 days to respond.

The lawsuit alleges that on July 29 and Aug. 26 attorney Matthew Duncan was refused access to prices proposed by businesses that did not win city bids.

The lawsuit also alleges that a March 26 request, made under the Open Records Act, to review an audio recording and minutes of a commission committee meeting was stalled past the three-day limit.

A second request to view the recording and minutes of another committee meeting was stalled for nearly three months, the suit says.

The lawsuit is the second open records lawsuit filed by the Association for Fair Government.

The association and The Augusta Chronicle sued the city last year over the lack of access to public documents.

The Chronicle settled its dispute after promises to provide reasonable access to purchasing documents.

Reach Sandy Hodson at (706) 823-3226 or sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com.