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It's was the talk of the town for months, but Davenport's ferris wheel was pushed back by floods.

Now city leaders are tackling the topic once again.

The plan calls for a 90-foot tall ferris wheel with twenty gondolas, designed to give riders a view of the river and Modern Woodman Park.

The ferris wheel, along with a zip line that's already been installed and a carousel were expected to cost more than a million dollars.

All expected to be paid for with ball park improvement funds.

But some aldermen, including Mike Matson, are concerned about the cost.

"This is like a want versus need. And it's a nice thing to have and quite frankly it would be nice, but if we're doing an agreement that's 300,000 over the next five years, if I do my math here, it's 240,000 above the 300,000. I have a huge concern with that."

Alderman Ray Ambrose supports the project.

"I share your concerns, but in the big picture, this is gonna have a tremendous economic impact to the downtown  area and I think in the long run, we're gonna be, it's gonna be a great benefit."

City leaders will be talking about the cost and the contract for site work at a meeting scheduled for Wednesday, June 26, 2013.

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