By Matthew Van Dongen
[b]The city has filed notice of a pending court claim over its delay-plagued $145 million football stadium.
A short statement emailed after 5:30 p.m. said the notice of action was filed to "preserve the city's legal rights," but it did not specify who is named in the public notice of action.
The statement goes on to say the city "continues to work with all parties in effort to settle the construction and delay matters."
The city has been negotiating for months over possible compensation related to the delayed construction on the stadium, which was handed over unfinished nearly a year overdue. Work continues to deal with myriad "deficiencies" at the $145-million facility as well as contested items like beer lines never put in and indoor television monitors installed outside and destroyed by rain.
Those negotiations included provincial project overseer Infrastructure Ontario, beleaguered stadium contractor Ontario Sports Solutions and major tenant the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
The Ticats have a lease agreement with the city that calls for the municipality to help the team pursue compensation for missed games due to construction delays.[/b]