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Can a sports stadium increase sewer problems in one Davenport neighborhood? It's something neighbors are concerned about, even as city leaders talk about moving up the timeline on a sewer fix. And that sparked heated debate at Davenport Council Chambers Wednesday night.

One neighbor, telling aldermen, "This has caused havoc with my life. If SAU had truly wanted to listen to neighbors and worked with the neighbors, it would have saved them a lot of time and money. However they were not really interested in our ideas. As I mentioned previously, every time they made changes, they made it worse."

Sanitary sewers, not only the topic tonight, but also Monday during a meeting with neighbors and project engineers. Staffers say there is already a plan to collect storm water runoff in bioswales and retention bins, that goes along with the stadium. But the City also has a plan to fix the sanitary sewers. Scheduled for 2016, it would reroute a line that would handle 21-hundred households, taking care of the possibility that heavy rains could overwhelm the system and push sewage into anyone's basement. Aldermen say pushing that up to coincide with stadium construction would save money in the long run.

While residents have heard about the fix more than once, not all believe. And not everyone on the council is ready to make a decision either. Alderman Mike Matson, addressing the crowd, "To go to the point where we say this is just a rezoning, and there'll be a development plan, there'll  be a construction plan, there'll be another plan. Ladies and gentlemen, I think we know, we deal with this now."

That includes the cost. Aldermen say they want to take a close look at the budget to see if funds are available now for a project that wasn't supposed to happen until 2016. Many also say they're still not sure if it should happen at all. They say this first step in the zoning process can be a very big step in the entire process.
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