Monday, May 10, 2010
Update: The city was already making up a short list of candidates when Ticat owner Bob Young called for a facilitator to help resolve the stadium stalemate. See full story here
As posted by Clr. Duvall on the thread " Clr. Bob Bratina- on the Harbourfront Stadium"
Clr. Duvall writes:
As I read the comments from this blog, I find it to be a great debate, but most are commenting agressively without knowing the facts or are assuming they know the facts.This all started with Mr. Young making statements through the media last Thursday without expressing the same to the City when talking in meetings with the City. The City has not had enough time to verify the financial accusations or understand the sudden rejection of the West Harbourfront.
City Staff has worked hard bringing the Pan Am games forward and making sure the city has a legacy they can be proud of once the Pan Am games are done. The Legacy would be a new stadium that is much needed, having a new home for our Hamilton Tiger-Cats that we are all proud of, use of other sport or entertainment programs,getting rid of a brown field and supporting our downtown. For some bloggers to suggest City Council has no idea what we are doing or not listening to others is not correct.
Much work has been put into this endeavour and people reacting negatively to unfounded conclusions is disappointing. Mr.Young has made surprising statements to the press last Thursday that he is losing money which has not been proven, and his suggestion of 3 alternate sites should surely raise some eyebrows. (1) A site which is already owned by a private developer not willing to sell.... (2) Burlington??? I will say no more, and (3)admittingly Chedoke would have problems with the Niagara Escarpment Commission. So why tell the public when it is obvious these locations are not serious alternatives?
What is the real reason for this?
The City wants to have a stadium that the Tiger Cats want to be part of. Mr. Young committed to working with the City in accomplishing this. High management employees on both sides met on several ocassions and understood the West Harbour was the preferred site. Why now have they decided at this late stage to back out?
We want The Tiger Cats to be part of the process and be proud of their Home, but we need to know from them directly to accomplish a mutual agreement, and not from the media, or encouraging public outcry. The City wants the best outcome for the city,taxpayers and our proud football team.
So please bloggers take a deep breath and let the people in charge on both sides work the problems out and then give your opinion when either an agreement is struck or an impasse has been reached.
Ward 7 Councillor
Thanks Clr. Duvall for your thoughts.