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Five Flags Center Referendum

Renovations to the Five Flags Center will be up to a public vote this fall. The Dubuque City Council Monday voted in favor of a September special ballot to be brought before the public. The original goal was to bring the issue before the voters in March but there was a consensus that would be too soon. Councilman Ric Jones said voters need more time. Ward 2 council member, Laura Roussell agreed, noting she liked the option 4/hybrid that the citizen’s commission came up with. Five Flags General Manager HR Cook said he agreed with the council’s decision because the public needs to be informed about the renovation plan proposed which includes an estimated 74-million dollar cost. Councilman Brett Shaw was the lone no vote, voicing his concerns about the overall cost to taxpayers among other questions. The referendum vote will take place September 8th. In other business, the Council unanimously approved the plans, specifications and estimated cost for the Chaplain Schmitt Island Veterans Memorial Project.



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