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City attorney may give council a say on MRHD

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

The city council may designate its new attorney to represent them on the Missouri River Historical Development.

In January, Mayor Mike Hobart expressed concern that the group, which holds Argosy's gambling license, didn't have the required representation from the city council.

MHRD is responsible for handing out grant money from gambling revenues.

Nicole Jensen-Harris filled out a lengthy application and background check, at the mayor's request, but is awaiting approval for funding from city leaders.

The cost is between $4,000 and $5,000, but Hobart says it's worth it.

"The city has a lot invested in MRHD, and the riverboat. I mean we get money from the riverboat. The City Council has, I think, some issues that should be voiced with MRHD. How the money is spent," explained the Mayor.

There's still the outstanding issue of the timing of meetings, both fall at the same time on Mondays, and the city attorney attends the council meetings.

Hobart says several MRHD members have indicated willingness to move their meeting time.

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