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January 22, 2013

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ENID, Okla. — Question: What are your thoughts on the renovation of Convention Hall and construction of Enid Event Center? Is Enid Renaissance Project a good investment for the city of Enid and its residents?

Kaufman

Kaufman said he was against the Gateway Enid project, and he disagrees with the way the Enid Renaissance Project has been built in its place.

“I have had so many people call me in the last two years, asking why they’re putting in this project when we voted it down,” Kaufman said.

“It may turn out to be a good deal in the long run, or it may not. Time will tell on that. I was against it.”

Kaufman said he’s also opposed to the current city contract with Global Spectrum to manage the Renaissance properties.

“It doesn’t matter to them if that thing succeeds or not,” Kaufman said, referring to Global Spectrum. “They’re going to get their management contract either way, and that money’s going to go out of town.”

Timm

Timm said it’s too soon to tell whether Renaissance will be a good investment for Enid.

“I don’t know if Enid can bring in that much more business to support that investment,” he said.

He said the city should not have gone forward with Renaissance after the Gateway bond was rejected by the voters.

“I, like everyone else, was thinking it wasn’t approved by the vote,” Timm said. “When that failed, they used other avenues to build it.

“I was against the way it was done. Basically, the city of Enid voted not to put it there, not knowing they were voting on it as the way it would be paid.”

Timm said the money used for Renaissance could have been better used elsewhere.

“That money could have been used for other things, like the water systems we’re going to need now,” he said. “It looked like a bully system to get around what the citizens wanted.”

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