Comment 69576

By RenaissanceWatcher (registered) | Posted September 13, 2011 at 20:56:50

Here is the link to a Hamilton Spectator article by Matthew Van Dongen about today’s special GIC meeting on the the velodrome. During the meeting, local businessman Mark Chamberlian asked city council to commit and additional $5 Million (for a total of $10 Million) and table the meeting to allow a four week fundraising campaign for the remaining $8 Million to $12.5 Million:

During a later portion of the meeting today, Councillor Lloyd Ferguson began to make comments and ask questions about the late disclosure of the completely new stadium build at Ivor Wynne Stadium, the uncertainty as to how Infrastructure Ontario arrived at its cost estimates to construct the stadium and velodrome, and cost information about the west harbour site, and he expressed the need to receive more information about both projects before the next meeting. Mayor Bratina angrily tried to shout him down and alleged that he was out of order. Brian McHattie, who was chairing that part of the meeting, asked Councillor Ferguson to limit himself to questions about the velodrome because the stadium is a done deal and he could make his arguments about the velodrome issue at a future meeting tabled for October, 2011. Councillor Ferguson held firm and said that he felt that both the stadium and velodrome estimates were padded and he wants more information before it is too late. Councillor Clark jumped in and asserted that Councillor Ferguson’s comments and questions were not out of order. Councillor Ferguson was permitted to proceed. Shortly after that, the online audio feed on the City of Hamilton website seized up as it had done several times during the meeting. It is hoped that Spectator reporter Matthew Ven Dongen and/or someone from RTH observed that part of the meeting and can report on what information city staff will be providing to Councillor Ferguson and the rest of council before the next meeting.

Comment edited by RenaissanceWatcher on 2011-09-13 21:51:40

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