Harris County Judge Ed Emmett says its time to put up, or shut up about the aging Astrodome. Emmett tells KTRH News he's curious to find out if any private developer can meet the Sports & Convention Corporation's June 10 deadline.
“I have people contact me all the time about this idea or that idea, and there are very few new ideas,” he says. “But none of the ideas so far have any money attached to them.”
Emmett suggested there was a slim chance Commissioners Court still would consider a public plan for the Astrodome.
“If no private developer comes forward before that deadline with an idea that seems remotely feasible, the Sports & Convention Corporation is supposed to come to us on June 25, which our capital improvements meeting,” he says.
At that point, Emmett says if no decision is made he'll hold town hall-style meetings to gauge the public before an August deadline to place anything on the ballot. However, he says a vote on the Astrodome may not even come until 2014.
“Its the county taxpayers who own the domed stadium,” he says. “This November, there's nothing about the county on the ballot.”
Emmett says he wouldn't want a lower voter turnout to decide such a hot issue which has dominated the headlines during his time in office.