Advantage Asphalt and Seal Coating — the company that is the focus of an investigation into Santa Fe County paving contracts — has sued the county, alleging county officials intentionally withheld public records and failed to respond to records requests in a timely manner.
The information Advantage has been seeking involves documents and communications concerning the company, county roads and county elected officials and employees, according to the complaint, filed Thursday in state District Court by Advantage attorney and Santa Fe City Councilor Matthew Ortiz.
The county has called the company’s requests for notes, correspondence, e-mails, phone records and other documentation “burdensome,” the lawsuit said. In some instances, county officials noted they would have to review tens of thousands of electronic records to determine which were relevant to Advantage.
The lawsuit says Advantage owner Anthony Montoya sought the documents “because of the misleading, notorious and sensationalized attention” on the company as a result of the investigation. Advantage has the right “to inspect and request public documents that exculpate and refute the allegations leveled against them,” the lawsuit says.
Messages left with county attorney Steve Ross and county spokesperson Kristine Mihelcic Thursday afternoon were not returned.