9:56 - City finance guy Rob Rossini says it would cost $18 to $20 million
to keep Ivor Wynne going over the next 10 years.
Beyond 10 years, the city could spend as much as $93 million.
A new stadium will cost $128 million, $55 million of which will be city money.
11:52 - Council members are still asking questions about the Deloitte report.
We still have to get through public delegations, the debate, and the in-camera session.
Lloyd Ferguson just brought up the parking issue -
he said his residents support the west harbour location,
but "they wonder what we're smoking down here"
that so few parking spots are on the table.
12:35 - Moving very, very slowly along. We're starting to hear public delegations right now.
First up is Chamber of Commerce CEO John Dolbec,
who is endorsing the West Harbour location.
Other delegates included Andrew Iler from the National Cycling Centre,
Tom Cooper from the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction
and Kathy Drewitt from the downtown BIA.
2:08 - The public delegations are finally finished.
At this rate, this meeting won't be finished until 7 p.m.
Everyone is taking a much-needed half-hour break.
2:45 - We're back. Apparently some councillors have to leave around 3:30
- so in the interest of time, they're voting on the location of the stadium right now.
3:28 - We're very, very close to the vote.
Councillor Brian McHattie just announced he will oppose the West Harbour spot
because he's concerned his colleagues will push for more parking spots.
He says his support of West Harbour is contingent on
alternative means of transportation taking a leading role.