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UPDATE: Waterloo Convention Center sale approved

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UPDATE: Waterloo City Council members approved the sale of the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center to a private developer Monday night.

The sale came up for another vote Monday night due to an incorrect property description. 

All councilmen voted in favor, except for councilman Bruce Jacobs, who abstained from voting. 

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Waterloo City Council members are holding a public hearing to vote on the city's plans to sell the Waterloo Convention Center to Leslie Hospitality. 

Tonight at 5:30 at City Hall, city council members will discuss the development and agreement sale of the center. This comes after Leslie called for a public meeting, just days after city emails were uncovered, revealing friction between Waterloo City Council members who abstained from the development vote over the convention center. One councilman says he had a conflict of interest. The other two said they didn't have enough information on the multi-million dollar deal. 

Last week, Leslie Hospitality owner Edwin Leslie says he doesn't have anything to hide, and to prove it he invited the public to view all of the documents, emails, agreements, and financial statements related to the deal at a public meeting this morning. Among a slew of other confidential financial documents, Leslie also provided his credit score, personal financial statements, portfolio documents listing properties the company owns, as well as corporate balance sheets. 

In the public meeting, Leslie said there has been $1.6 million just in deferred maintenance and repairs on the convention center, which has been neglected over the years. He also revealed that the Waterloo fire dept. has not certified the building for occupation and a liquor license for 3 years. Leslie went on to explain there are 42 items on the list that have been outstanding, and nothing has been done to fix them. 

"All I'm asking for is fairness," said Leslie, on the convention center agreement and deal, saying the agreement has been available online for all of public and city council members to review. 

"All I'm asking for is fairness," said Leslie, on the convention center agreement and deal, saying the agreement has been available online for all of public and city council members to review. 

Waterloo City Councilman Steve Schmitt spoke out for both Councilmen Bruce Jacobs and Tom Lind, who were not in attendance saying, "taxpayers expect us to ask questions - not just nod at every project that comes our way." 

Councilman Patrick Morrissey says, "You got my support, I wish you didn't have to go through something I've never seen any other developer go through." 

One supporter of the of the sale says he is "disappointed in some of our council people."

Another supporter expressed concern over what has happened to the building over the last few years, commending city council members, "We got three people asking questions that they should be asking."

Only two words were changed from the first development agreement signed on June 21, and the second was provided in advance of the meeting. 

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