Dreams by city politicians of a new Hamilton City Hall
are on hold again.
Hamilton's committee of the whole has decided there are too
many unanswered questions for the city to go ahead with
a suggested public-private partnership to build a new City Hall.
The issue will go back to the accommodation subcommittee.
Ward 1 Councillor Marvin Caplan says it may appear politicians
"are dithering" about whether to replace a building that needs
repairs and is too small to house all 1,200 city
But he and other councillors want more time and cost
estimates before deciding whether to make repairs and improvements that
could cost $40 million, to lease or buy a different
building or to enter a public-private partnership to have a
new city hall built.
Mayor Bob Wade says he's as appalled as anyone at
the $40 million needed to retrofit city hall but there
appear to be no other workable proposals.
The councillors tabled the results of a preliminary proposal from
private developers to build a new city hall on the
existing site and in other locations.