Public hearing by commissioners on arena project


Lynn L. Martin

A public hearing was held Monday morning in the commissioners' conference room to hear questions about the Alva Arena Project. From left: (backs to camera) Mary Gaskill, David Manning, David Hamil, Randy McMurphy, Phil Guilhem, Todd Holder, John Smiley, Jeff Sabin, Sonja Williams, Renetta Benson and Cindy Tomberlin.

Approximately a dozen people gathered at 10 a.m. Monday in the conference room of the Woods County commissioners to allow members of the public to ask questions or make statements about the arena project. Those in attendance included county officials and two who signed in as "citizens," Royce Bender and Phil Guilhem.

Twenty minutes of the meeting (viewable on the newspaper website) was utilized by Jeff Sabin, an attorney who along with his law firm put the financial predictions together, explaining the TIF district would have an expected life of about 25 years, although it could pay off fas...

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