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A closed door meeting between three city council members was held last week over the future of the St. Ambrose University stadium.

KWQC has confirmed the meeting.

“We met right here, last week, Mike Matson and I did,” said Davenport Alderman Barney Barnhill.

Aldermen Barnhill, Mike Matson, and Gene Meeker attended the meeting with Mike Poster and PJ Foley from St. Ambrose University.

“Crux of the issue is the stadium,” said Barnhill.

“A complex without a stadium really isn't what we're looking for at this point,” said Poster.

Barnhill says he called the meeting to present other locations and to offer a compromise: go ahead with the sports complex at St. Vincent but put the stadium somewhere else.

“If they say no, then hey, I think it's going to be what it is and the mayor's veto will be sustained,” said Barnhill.

“Right now, we're looking at every option that's available to us if it's not approved,” said Poster.

Poster says the university will not consider other locations.

“If we're not successful in getting the veto overturned then we'd start looking at all the options that are available to us,” said Poster.

Those options could include letting Assumption High School take the project on on St. Ambrose’s behalf. A potential agreement could allow the project to move forward.

“For us to have close and ready access to those facilities is important to us and the other sites in the city just don't have that same characteristic,” said Poster.

“The city would bend over backwards trying to help them find a location,” said Barnhill. “Take the stadium out of the equation and let's work together in concert in this.”

A vote to overturn Mayor Bill Gluba’s veto is expected during a special meeting Wednesday, August 13th.

The council passed the project by a vote of 6 to 4 before the mayor’s veto.

Seven ‘yes’ votes are needed to overturn the veto.

 

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