The board that holds the gaming license for the Rhythm City Casino in Davenport may vote next week on letting Davenport proceed with plans to operate a land-based casino.
The Riverboat Development Authority is scheduled to meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Woodfire Grill, 131 W. 2nd St., Davenport. RDA president Mary Ellen Chamberlin said the board may act on a new agreement designed to increase the RDA's percentage of casino revenue in the future.
She also said Davenport's casino consultant Gary Buettner, a former chief financial officer for Jumer's Casino Rock Island, will give a presentation to the board.
Davenport officials have announced plans to buy Rhythm City Casino from Isle of Capri for $46 million. Ms. Chamberlin said the city needs approval of an operator's contract between the RDA and the Davenport Community Improvement Corporation, a nine-member board created by the city to oversee casino operations.
City officials also are trying to determine a developer for a new casino. At the Jan. 23 city council meeting, Mr. Buettner said a proposal by Ingenus Management/Consulting, of Brainerd, Minn., had the greatest revenue potential for the city and opportunity for expansion.
Ingenus has proposed a hotel/casino at the intersection of Interstates 80 and 280, as well as a smaller casino downtown. Combined, the two casinos would cost $105 million.
Restoration St. Louis has proposed a $155 million downtown casino that Mr. Buettner last week told Davenport officials would not generate as much revenue as an interstate casino proposed by Ingenus.
Davenport's casino plan also needs approval from the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission. City officials said they hope to discuss their plans with the IRGC at its March 7 meeting, city administrator Craig Malin said.
"The only thing under my control is to ensure an orderly process with the (RDA) board of directors," Ms. Chamberlin said. "Whether we'll take any action, I'm not sure.
"I have people who want to move forward and others who want to wait a little longer," she said."There are others who may or may not vote against it."
Today is Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.