We realize it's the mayor's job to be diplomatic, but this reply to Bob Young's letter is a bit much:
July 6, 2010
Mr. Robert (Bob) Young
Thank you for your letter of today and for acknowledging in it the fine work of facilitator Michael Fenn. I believe he did an outstanding job and has produced an excellent report.
As you know, that report will be considered by Hamilton Council at a Special Meeting of Committee of the Whole tomorrow, Wednesday, July 7, 2010. There is no doubt that Council's discussion of Mr. Fenn's report and his recommendations will be considered given the detailed and generous proposal that you have made in your letter of today.
We would all like to see an acceptable site chosen as quickly as possible; Mr. Fenn suggests that August 31st should be the deadline for settling on either the West Harbour or the new East Mountain site. Certainly, that deadline would provide ample time to meet the requirements of building a new stadium in time for the 2015 Pan Am Games. In any case, Council will follow the appropriate process and make its views known during the meeting tomorrow.
From our past discussions, I know that you and the Tiger-Cats share our city's commitment to its responsibilities to choose a site that is fiscally responsible, that will leave a worthy legacy for the community, will contribute to our "city building" initiatives, and that, whichever site is decided upon, the City should move forward with the revitalization of its downtown core and waterfront precinct.
Members of Council, City of Hamilton
The Honourable Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario
The Honourable Sophia Aggelonitis, MPP Hamilton Mountain
Ted McMeekin, MPP Ancaster, Dundas, Flamborough and Westdale
Chris Murray, City Manager, City of Hamilton
David Adames, Executive Director, Tourism Hamilton
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