For the latest fusillade in the Hamilton Tiger-Cats' throw-everything-and-hope-something-sticks campaign to win an East Mountain stadium, they have apparently decided that the proposed West Harbour stadium location contravenes the city's Official Plan.
Mayor Fred Eisenberger just issued the following statement in response:
Today at 4:30 p.m. I received a hand-delivered letter dated August 2, 2010 from Scott Mitchell, President of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. This letter includes an opinion by a Toronto-based planning consultant to the effect that the proposed West harbour site of the Pan Am stadium is in contravention of the city's Official Plan.
I will in due course review the letter and the attached opinion in detail. However, I can say that this matter has been examined thoroughly by the city's planning staff and legal division and there is no basis at all to believe that there is a legal impediment to building the stadium at the West Harbour site. Indeed, good planning backed by extensive independent reports including the IBI Group have confirmed that this is the best site for the City of Hamilton.
Be that as it may, city staff acting on council direction will continue to evaluate both the West Harbour and East Mountain sites and city council will make its final decision on August 10.
I agree with Scott Mitchell's statement that the debate is "needlessly divisive" and the preference of the Tiger-Cats to negotiate through the media is adding to the divisiveness. Mr. Mitchell and his staff attended a meeting at offices in Hamilton City Hall earlier today and did not offer any indication that yet another salvo was about to be delivered later this same day.
The people of the City of Hamilton can be assured that I will continue to do what I have always done and that is to work hard ensure that the public interest is safeguarded.
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