Omar Karim, principal of the Banneker Ventures, will not appear at a hearing on the controversial contract his company was awarded to oversee the construction of a dozen recreational facilities, according to a letter hand-delivered to Council member Harry Thomas Jr. by his attorney A. Scott Bolden.
In the Nov. 24 letter, Bolden explains that Karim has a conflict with his work and travel schedule. He also wrote that similar issues will prevent Sean and Thomas Regan, of Regan Associates, Banneker's partner in the construction projects, from attending.
The Committee on Libraries, Parks and Recreation had issued subpoenas for their attendance at a fourth hearing on the issue. Thomas is committee chairman.
In addition to scheduling conflicts, Bolden said in his letter that he and David Miller, the Regans' attorney, have "fundamental issues" with the subpoenas. There is "no affixed date" as to when they were issued and the production of documents "appears duplicative, overly burdensome and are clearly overly broad," Bolden wrote.
But Bolden continued by explaining that Karim and the Regans want to provide the council with "only relevant information" and "have every intention of cooperating with the investigation."
-- Nikita Stewart