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Proposed events center project moving forward

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Now that the arena/convention center location has been chosen for a proposed events center, Sioux Falls city council members met Monday afternoon to discuss the next steps of the project.

All eight city council members along with the city clerk and assistant city clerk met Monday to outline goals to move forward with the proposed events center project.

"We don't, during our informational or city council meetings have the opportunity to have the kind of dialogue like we had this afternoon," Sue Aguilar said.

The mayor asked for more participation from councilors so every council member picked one of four committees that was of interest to them: marketing, building, finance or parking.

There are two councilors to a committee and members talked about starting up those meetings.

But besides another work group, councilors will need to decide if they want this issue on a November 2011 ballot.

In order to do that, the events center plan will need to be in place by August and a lot still needs to be worked out.

"To look at a November election, when you have to have the council have the ballot language and the like in order for it to go to a November," Aguilar said.

Now that the project could cost up to $120 million, Sioux Falls city council members want to learn more about how the city will pay for it and how this project could affect other city projects in the future.

"Most of the councilors have said that those are two very important facts as far as going forward with this," Aguilar said.

And at the end of the month they might have more answers.

Monday, June 20 city council members will hear a presentation on naming rights for the proposed events center.

That following Monday, June 27th the capital program will be presented.

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