Recently re-elected Ward 4 councillor Sam Merulla just announced that he plans to introduce a motion the first regular meeting of the new Council in December to "cease any further action in building a new stadium" for the Pan Am Games and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
Merulla has steadfastly opposed Hamilton's plan to build a Pan Am stadium, saying that the process is "fueld by emotion and based on wants rather than needs of our community."
Here is the text of Merulla's motion:
Whereas the problem with the Toronto Pan Am games bid has been fueled by emotion and based on wants rather than needs of our community.
Whereas the original purpose of the Stadium was to create a legacy for amateur sport and provide a new stadium for the Ticats.
Whereas if the Ticats cannot afford the old stadium, how can they afford a new stadium?
Whereas the original purpose of the stadium has changed to simply creating a legacy for the for profit Ticats and a potential professional soccer team.
Whereas a capital deficit of tens of millions of dollars prevails in the construction of a new stadium at Longwood.
Whereas the Council of the City of Hamilton's focus must be governed based on the need to focus on priorities that matter such as Manufacturing Jobs, two billion dollar infrastructure deficit, one hundred and forty six million dollar provincial downloading crisis and twenty percent poverty rate.
Whereas the issue of sustainability for the Hamilton Ticats is only realistically addressed at Ivor Wynne Stadium and the business challenge of the Ticats is to fill the nearly thirty thousand seats available to them at a publicly subsidized Ivor Wynne.
Whereas the issue of a new stadium is not the answer to the Ticats sustainability but rather the issue of sustainability is addressed in the Ticats and the CFL providing a product on the field that creates a demand for tickets. Thereby creating the necessary revenue to become and remain sustainable.
Whereas a renovated Ivor Wynne stadium at a cost of twenty million dollars over twenty years as approved by council in 2007 and a sold out stadium for all Ticat home games is the answer and the most prudent initiative for all stake holders to pursue.
Therefore be it resolved that the City of Hamilton cease any further action in building a new stadium.
The current proposal to build a stadium in the CP Rail Yards at Aberdeen and Longwood is underfunded by some $70 million.
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