Events Center: Closing Statements
November 06, 2011 10:34 PM
Both supporters and opponents have spent hours doing what they can to make sure their side is heard.
“We have had great reception from the city and from the people of the city,” said Bob Barclay, leader of the Citizens’ Network Against the Events Center. “The election is going to be very close.”
"I did my best to try to bring this vote to the people of this great city and now it's in their hands,” said Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether.
As we count down to the end of the special election, those for and against the events center are giving their closing comments.
"It's the wrong time,” said Barclay. “The right time would be if we had 20 percent down, 20 percent private investment or if we had a better economy.”
"We are never going to get the opportunity to build this events center at this cost ever again,” said Mike Sullivan, Executive Director of the Build It Now group.
"Sure it might cost more later, but if we are doing it for the right reasons and we are doing it as a community together, that is the right time,” said Council Member Greg Jamison.
"The Arena has served our city so well over those 51 years, but it doesn't serve us as well today,” said Huether.
It's been a long road; a year and a half of discussing, planning, and educating the voters.
"I told the people that if they elected me I would lead, but it's not easy,” said Huether. "I am ready for it to be over. I am, because I am excited about our future. I do hope that it passes because I just know that there is so much more that we can accomplish working together.”
City leaders say they think residents are tired of all the talk and as we close out the next few days before the end of the election, some are disappointed with the lack of excitement.
"What I am sensing from a lot of people is that we are tired of it and it shouldn't be that way,” said Jamison. “This should be just like Christmas. That's the feeling that we should be feeling right now two days or so before the election. That's the excitement and I don't sense that in our community and that's the disappointing part.”
After the ballots have been cast, regardless of the vote, there is a common feeling: a desire to move forward and create a better Sioux Falls.
"It's going to be a momentous day for Sioux Falls in the sense that the vote hinges on where we go from here,” said Barclay.
"I am faithful, hopeful, and confident that the people of this town are going to move this city forward and we are going to reap the rewards of it for generations to come,” said Huether.
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