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Davenport Mayor to Meet with Casino Developer


Update: The meeting has been postponed.

Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba said he will meet with Scott County Casino developer Dan Kehl Monday morning in his office to discuss the city's future land-based casino.

The mayor refused to comment on what will be discussed in the meeting – saying he wasn't interested in talking to the media about it before he talks with Kehl.

KWQC reached out to aldermen and the RDA who said they don't know anything about the meeting, other than the mayor wants more money for the city out of the joint development agreement between Scott County Casino, the RDA, and the city.

The RDA offered the city an extra $2 million in a new agreement last week. But, aldermen failed to approve that agreement, saying they wanted time for more lawyers to look over it.

Whatever the mayor may be meeting with developer Dan Kehl about, aldermen tell us they're ready to approve the agreement as soon as lawyers say the deal is good.

"I think everybody will be ready to go. I haven't heard any dissension from that. Like I said before, I think the big argument before was the financials, but I think we're beyond that," Alderman Bill Boom said.

The city will now have another chance to approve the agreement at city hall at this Tuesday's council meeting.

Mary Ellen Chamberlin with the RDA said council members must approve the agreement Tuesday if they want the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission to put it on its January agenda. That would allow for construction to begin at the start of construction season, she said. If council does not approve the agreement, she said Kehl and his attorneys may pursue a route to completing the casino that would not involve the city.

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