Erie County To Hold Public Hearings on New Bills Stadium Location
There has been a lot of talk and speculation about where the new Buffalo Bills football stadium should be built and the Erie County Legislature has taken steps to ensure that the people of Erie County have a say in the process.
It seems everyone has an opinion about where Pegula Sports and Entertainment and Erie County should build the new stadium. The City of Buffalo Common Council made their feelings known, some members of the Buffalo Bills have expressed their opinion, even some stars and the NFL Commissioner have weighed in.
At the Thursday, October 7, 2021 meeting of the Erie County Legislature, there was a discussion about how to ensure that members of the community also have an opportunity to be a part of this process. This seems like a prudent idea considering Erie County may need to contribute as much as $1 Billion to the stadium project.
The Erie County Legislature shall call three public hearings on the proposal(s) to be completed 10 days prior to any vote of the Legislature on the proposal(s). The public hearings shall be spread geographically throughout the County, with hearings held at Erie Community College's City, North and South campuses. These public hearings shall be held in the evening, no later than 6 p.m. The schedule for the public hearings shall be set by the Legislature within 30 days of receiving the proposal(s). Public notice for the hears shall be no less than 10 days.
-Erie County Legislature
Including the people who will be paying a significant portion of the costs in this process is a good thing. What do you think, should the public have a say on the new stadium?