- Associated Press - Thursday, August 14, 2014

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - The Davenport mayor’s veto of a stadium proposal by St. Ambrose University will stand after aldermen weren’t able to muster enough votes to override it, despite impassioned pleas from people associated with the school.

The Quad-City Times reports (https://bit.ly/1AheEUI ) the city council voted 6-4 for the override, but seven votes were needed.

The council last month approved a rezoning plan for land where St. Ambrose wants to build an athletic complex with a 2,500-seat football stadium and track, but Mayor Bill Gluba vetoed it.

Gluba said in a statement after Wednesday’s special meeting that his decision was about protecting the property rights of homeowners. Neighbors cited traffic congestion and game noise as major concerns, though Mike Poster, vice president for finance, said the university made significant concessions over four years of negotiations with athletic fields.

The complex also would have included parking and other athletic fields.

University officials say they’re evaluating their options. One possibility is working with nearby Assumption High School to develop the complex. The university’s president, sister Joan Lescinski, says she’s extremely disappointed the council didn’t override the veto.

Merredyth McManus, student retention director, said the university lost five athletes in a semester because they did not want to continue using the soccer facilities.

“I’m here begging for an override,” she said during the meeting.

A few neighbors supported the plan, but others said they were relieved after the vote.

“I’ve been fighting this for five years,” Jacklynn Draper said. “Everything they’ve done is to make them look good, to protect their own property, not ours.”

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Information from: Quad-City Times, https://www.qctimes.com

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