It would be hard to remember a City of Hamilton staff report that was delivered with less enthusiasm than the report around a proposal to build a 200,000 square multi-use sports complex. General Manager, Healthy and Safe Communities Paul Johnson assured the Emergency Services Committee that staff was not recommending any particular action around the project. The staff report did suggest that the price tag put forward by the Hamilton Collaborative Partnership Group at $60 Million was probably too low by $20 Million. The project size and cost break down as follows:
Councillor Brad Clark said it would be difficult to consider such a project in a week when council was advised of a $60 Million shortfall that could get as high as $120 Million. Councillor Tom Jackson reminded members that the Hamilton Collaborative Partnership Group is a very credible organization, making particular reference to the group’s spokesperson Kevin Gonci of the Golden Horseshoe Track and Field Council. Director Johnson said he was unsure how the proposal might fit in with Hamilton’s proposed Commonwealth Games bid which will be back in front of council in July.