A press release issued by the mayor's office reports that the City and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats have agreed on a facilitator to try and resolve the dispute over the Pan Am Stadium location.
Michael Fenn, a former senior bureaucrat with the old Region of Hamilton Wentworth and founding CEO of the Greater Toronto Transit Authority (now Metrolinx), will facilitate talks between the city and the Ticats to seek a resolution.
After participating in a two-year consultation process resulted in the selection of the West Harbour site of the old Rheem factory for a Pan Am Stadium, the Ticats only recently raised a last-minute objection, demanding that the city consider other locations, months after Council had approved the West Harbour.
Ticat owner Bob Young posted an essay on the team website in which he argued that the West harbour has:
While most of Hamilton scratched their heads and wondered why the Ticats waited until after the decision was made to speak up, Mayor Fred Eisenberger reiterated his forceful stance on the West Harbour in a press conference that promised to "move full steam ahead" and "not waver from that because it is best for Hamilton."
Of course, that was until our kvetching council got a hold of the issue and the Mayor's united front dissolved. Within days, Mayor "Full Steam Ahead" was talking about jointly picking a facilitator with the Ticats to resolve the dispute.
After a panel discussion at yesterday's Economic Summit on the Pan Am Games, the parties agreed to a July 1 deadline to resolve the dispute. If they can't resolve the issue, the Pan Am Games Commission may decide to move the Stadium elsewhere.
Mayor Eisenberger has called for a hasty Committee of the Whole (COW) meeting for Wednesday, May 19, 2010 to approve the selection of Mr. Fenn as the agreed-upon facilitator.
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