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Mayor Gluba Vetoes Dock Plan

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DAVENPORT, IA – Mayor Bill Gluba made a surprise move at the city council meeting last night when he vetoed the dock project along the riverfront. It’s the site of the old Dock restaurant.

The plan was to turn the currently empty building into a three-story building. The first floor would house restaurant, the second floor would be office space, and the third floor would be a banquet space.  

Todd Raufeisen, President of Raufeisen Development Company, is the developer for this project. They have been working for two years on the plans to rebuild and revive the Dock.

The city council unanimously voted 10-0 on the agreement, but Mayor Gluba says it’s not in the best interest of the Davenport. He says, “We still want a restaurant, but we don’t want a 40,000 square foot office building privately owned by a private developer, who is only going to be mostly looking out for his private interest.”

Mayor Gluba says whatever is built at the current site should be owned by the city and the people of Davenport.

But Raufeisen says even privately owned, their plan will ultimately benefit the public. “The project is financially responsible. The project will bring jobs, it will bring excitement to the riverfront.”

The mayor’s veto yesterday comes a s a shock to Raufeisen. Raufeisen says, “Total surprise. We had no indication what the mayor’s intentions were.”

Gluba says that’s because he just recently saw the final development agreement. He says it’s not the same project they asked for. “This has not been very well thought out and they [the city council] needs to go back to the drawing board. They shouldn't just be worrying about some private developer who is going to make big bucks at the expense of the public in the long run.”

Gluba wants the council to take a step back and get second opinions. He questions whether anything should be built there at all since it is in the middle of the flood zone. It will cost the city a lot of extra dollars to maintain.

Council members we talked to say the city doesn’t have the money to build a new project on its own, let alone maintain it.

KWQC asked Mayor Gluba why none of this came up in council over the past 6 weeks. He says he has been talking, but the council is only listening to the developer. “We’ve talked a number of times, but he also talks to them. For some reason he has their ear and I can’t help that.

Raufeisen has a different opinion. He says they have compromised for two years on a process that does not normally take that long. “I absolutely disagree with that because this project, for two years, we worked with the various planning and zoning committees, the city council, the levy commission. We’ve made numerous changes at request.”

He says he is confident that the city council will override Mayor Gluba’s veto, and Gluba thinks so too. The city council has a special meeting on Wednesday where they will re-vote on this agreement that originally had ten unanimous votes.

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