Hamilton is often known as a no-nonsense city. Perhaps it's part of our steel-making roots, or just because of our down to earth nature, but regardless of why, City Council seems to be walking the talk when it comes to the Veledrome issue.
Faced with another deadline (today), for a decision as to whether to move ahead with a permanent velodrome for the 2015 Pan Am Games, a project that comes with a price tag of between $35 million and $45 million, the city is being asked to pay $10 million and assume the risk of the $8 million to $12.5 million funding gap that looms over the project. (see full Spec story here).
But it seems that the uncertainty, mixed messaging, ballooning cost related to a permanent velodrome, and the general way in which the whole matter has been handled, coupled with the off loaded pressure on council, has tested council's patience and will.
Perhaps Clr. McHattie said it best "If I had to call it at this point – his (Ian Troop's) actions, combined with the whole Pan Am fiasco, has left a bad taste in council’s mouth. I’d be very surprised if this was moving ahead. Council can only be punched in the gut so many times — and I think you’ll see the results of that on Tuesday.”
Do see this this as an "enough is enough" moment and thus support a decision to say No to a permanent veledrome? Or do you think we should keep with it?