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War of words heats up casino debate

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DAVENPORT - The city has received its evaluations from city leaders on which development they believe would be the best one for the city.

However, two scores from Riverboat Development Authority treasurer Don Decker is dropping the average for Atrium Holding Company and Restoration St. Louis. Decker rated Atrium Holding Company and the Restoration St. Louis plans as zero. The scores are based on a scale of one to 100 with 25 bonus points as well.

"Craig Malin and Mary Ellen Chamberlin, and Bill Gluba...the three of them equal arrogance, arrogance, and ignorance," Decker said.

Decker was hoping to see a lot more than just three proposals from developers. As previously reported, Restoration St. Louis, the Atrium Holding Company, plus Ingenus Management are all interested in building a land based casino for the city of Davenport. Decker believes more than three developers would have submitted bids if the city was not interested in buying the casino first.

"We're glad to have these proposals," Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba said. "The Isle of Capri could have sold this to anyone."

Gluba says the city has done its homework. He believes the city buying the casino itself would be the safest bet financially. The city plans on buying the casino for $46 million.

"What Mr. Decker needs to do is listen for a change before he talks about things he really doesn't know much about," Gluba said. "He needs to study the proposals."

Decker and the RDA have a big say in whether the casino project moves forward. It will be the one to vote on giving the new casino an operator's license. They have not determined when they will vote on giving the casino a license.

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