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The controversy over the St. Ambrose stadium continues. City leaders reviewed the first reading on the sports complex plans Wednesday. However, a memo released Wednesday from the city administrator offers insight on how Assumption High School could play a role.

St. Ambrose has big plans for the $20 million facility. The stadium will include 2,500 seats. Last week, city leaders expressed concern about tailgating rules, storm water and sanitary sewer issues. Now, officials say those are addressed in the plans, adding three conditions to the existing 17. They plan to adopt a tailgating policy and meet a storm water ordinance. After it would be built, they would have no physical expansion on the stadium for the next 10 years.

But what if St. Ambrose could build the stadium without going through the whole zoning process? City Administrator Craig Malin wrote a memo that says, instead of St. Ambrose making the application, Assumption High School could do it.

Dozens of people spoke for and against the project that had been in the works for months at the reading Wednesday. Aldermen voted to continue with readings about the university's development plans. Before the stadium can become a reality, however, it will take two more of these votes. Before Wednesday's vote, Mike Poster, Vice President of Finance at St. Ambrose, said a lot of work has gone into getting to this point.

"We spent a lot of time planning, designing, and we're happy the city staff recommended approval that the planning and zoning commission approved, and we hope to get a similar result from the city council," Poster said.

The city administrator says Assumption High School could build the stadium without having to go through the zoning process. Mayor Bill Gluba says this is because of state law.

"Craig said that basically, if Assumption builds the stadium, they can do that without any approvals from the city because, under Iowa law, high schools can build their stadiums pretty much wherever it wants to," he said.

St. Ambrose officials say they have not talked with Assumption High School officials about the possibility of the high school doing the project, instead of the university. The next reading will be in two weeks, and the final reading could be two weeks after that.

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