By Jason Leach
Published September 16, 2009
this blog entry has been updated
Hamilton City Council voted tonight to defer a decision on the Royal Connaught issue until later in September after a motion was introduced by Councillor Bratina, and passed by council.
Councillor Bratina stated that issues have come to his attention along with questions about the process and some legal issues that need to be dealt with in camera. He also stated that the public is in an uproar and these issues need to be dealt with.
Councillor Sam Merualla tried to have council debate this information publicly tonight instead of going in camera. His position was that this is a public process and any issues that have been discovered need to be relayed to the public.
Unfortunately, this did not take place.
Council voted 10-6 in favour of the deferral motion. I'm not certain whether that deferral will be in camera or whether the public will ever know what legal issues and questions have come up.
I suspect we'll find out over the next week or so as this application needs to be submitted to the province no later than September 30.
Update: Actually, it now sounds like they are about to change their minds and go in camera tonight and deal with the "issues" so they don't risk all six affordable housing projects. Apparently they can't just delay one, they have to delay all six. More to come shortly!
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