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Council members talk about what comes next for the proposed events center

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An economic analysis determined the arena site to be the best location for a new events center in Sioux Falls.

Earlier this month, Mayor Mike Huether also recommended the arena site, but does the city council echo the same thing?

"I just happen to agree with the mayor, I think based on the studies we've had and the years that I've looked at this, I think that this is the best site for us." Said Councilor Jim Entenman.

But Councilor Greg Jamison says the council is pretty much split down the middle.

"It's not only about the economic impact to our community, there are other reasons why some people want one location over the other." Said Councilor Jamison.

The city council will have a three hour work session on Monday afternoon to discuss any questions they still have and hopefully decide on a location.

"Is it going to be a unanimous decision? I don't believe it will be, I believe we all have our preferences; but I think at the end of the day the decision we make will be good for the public." Said Councilor Entenman.

Councilor Jamison says he does not believe this is the right time for an events center, but the city has already invested too much time and money.

"The mayor has done a lot of work to get the info to us, now we need to respond to that and give answers back so this whole process can move along." Said Councilor Jamison.

One of the big questions remaining is exactly how to fund an events center.

Mayor Huether proposed using the $3.8 million left in the city's budget as a down payment, but the council does not share the mayor's view.

"There's three major street programs it could be used for, some parking lot repairs at our libraries." Said Councilor Entenman.

"Over the years we haven't funded streets well enough, and the streets are just a big giant and takes a lot of money to keep them in good shape." Said Councilor Jamison.

Despite the remaining questions, both councilors agree that we should have a concrete events center plan in place by the middle of June.

But until then the debate will continue.

"I think the council just needs a little more dialogue and we'll see what develops after this meeting we have on Monday." Said Councilor Entenman.

"We're still listening, we're still waiting, and we'll just do the best we can." Said Councilor Jamison.

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