Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba is expected to announce whether he’ll veto the stadium plans for St. Ambrose University on Wednesday, July 16, 2014.
It comes after a memo was released from City Administrator Craig Malin. It states that, “Assumption and SAU could work together to build a stadium twice the size of SAU’s proposal, with no conditions benefiting neighbors…” High Schools like Assumption, have different zoning regulations than universities do, according to Malin. Assumption however, has not commented on the latest scenario.
On July 9, 2014, the Davenport City Council voted 6 to 4 to support a rezoning request for the stadium. SAU wants to build a 2,500 seat stadium near the corner of Marquette and West Central Park Avenue. The council voted the same way on June 25 and June 11.
Neighbors have had huge concerns about storm water runoff, traffic, and noise. SAU officials were pleased with the city council’s vote on July 9.
Mayor Gluba can veto the rezoning request if he wants. He does live near the proposed stadium but has not publicly said whether he supports it.
If Gluba vetoes the rezoning request Wednesday, the city council can over-ride his veto. However, they need seven votes from the 10 council members, to do that. Wednesday’s meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. at Davenport’s City Hall.