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Council delays downtown hotel vote

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It was standing room only in Monday night's City Council meeting. It was standing room only in Monday night's City Council meeting.
The mayor taking the podium to speak about hotel plans. The mayor taking the podium to speak about hotel plans.

The debate on whether to build a new hotel in downtown Evansville continues.

The Evansville City Council meeting began around 5:30 Monday night and ended about five hours later. However, it finished with a delay on the vote for the downtown hotel until next week. 

Councilman Conor O'Daniel says he feels like the council needs more time to study and digest the new deal announced on Monday by Mayor Lloyd Winnecke.

City Council Attorney Scott Danks agreed. He says he didn't get the new proposal until 12:30 Monday afternoon and just needs more time to look over it.  

On Monday, they announced the public investment has now been lowered to $20 million, while the private investment has been increased by $13 million.

Old National Bank CEO Bob Jones and others reportedly helped make sure the new investment would be possible.

The mayor's office says only the financing aspect of the deal has changed. The hotel plan itself, including the number of rooms, has not changed.

The council plans to call a special meeting for next Monday to take up the issue.  

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