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Davenport Alderman Calls for "Options" Ahead Of SAU Stadium Vote

Posted: Updated: Jul 22, 2014 10:49 PM
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A vote to override Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba’s veto of St. Ambrose University’s stadium project is expected during a special city council meeting Wednesday night.

Aldermen Ray Ambrose, Barney Barnhill, Mike Matson, and Rick Dunn all voted 'no' for the project, which passed the council by 6-4.

St. Ambrose University needs one of those four aldermen to flip their vote to a ‘yes’ for the stadium project to move forward.

All but Dunn have told KWQC that they will likely vote ‘no’ again Wednesday night.  KWQC has not been successful in reaching Dunn for comment.

Alderman Ambrose says he does not know how Dunn plans to vote and says Dunn may be under pressure from local labor unions that would benefit from the project moving forward.

St. Ambrose University officials are preparing for one last stadium pitch. 

“I think you're always nervous. But like I said, we're excited to go forward to employees and present our application,” said P.J. Foley, Director of Government and Community Relations with St. Ambrose University.

Foley says the application he plans to present to council Wednesday night is for their stadium plan as is.

It's the same plan neighbors opposed, the city council approved, and the mayor vetoed.

“We think it's the right place for the stadium, the athletic complex, and so that's why we are continuing to move forward with the current application plan that we have,” said Foley.

“My hope is St. Ambrose steps up to the plate,” said Alderman Ray Ambrose.

Ambrose says his ‘no’ vote will not change unless St. Ambrose leaders come to the meeting with options.

“If the veto holds up, then maybe they'll be willing to go back to the drawing board and reconsider the stadium,” said Ambrose

Seven ‘yes’ votes are needed to overturn the mayor's veto. Alderman Ambrose says he believes anything can happen.

“There's a possibility that any of us could (vote yes). I’d be more than happy to take a step back if Sister Joan would consider other locations,” said Ambrose.

The special meeting is scheduled for Wednesday night at 5 p.m. at Davenport City Hall.

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