Rapid City's Legal and Finance Committee recommended approval of the Civic Center's expansion and remodel to city council.
While the new Civic Center's development is still in the early stages, some are voicing their concerns about the public's input on the $180 million project.
When will the public get to vote on whether to begin the civic center project? Legal and Finance committee members say that won't be for a while.
Civic center board committee member Don Frankenfeld says for now a public vote contingency should be put in the city's contract. "I hope you will consider the proposal I had made to guarantee that this matter will come to a public vote," said Frankenfeld. "I think it would be unconscionable for it not to come to a public vote."
Councilman Brad Estes says they should hold off on public involvement. "I hope you're able to send this to council with full support of items 4 and 17," said Estes. "And I don't think that by sending those to council with your support that you're denying anybody their rights to be heard," he told other council members.
If the council approves the project's design concept, a finance package will then be put together.