Pin­court sports com­plex deal wi­th­drawn

Town ex­plo­ring new op­tions

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The Town of Pin­court has adop­ted a re­so­lu­tion ter­mi­na­ting ne­go­tia­tions with a com­pa­ny that was in­ter­es­ted in re­vi­ving the long trou­bled Pin­court sports com­plex.

The re­so­lu­tion cea­sing talks with 8280959 Ca­na­da inc. was put forth at a Nov. 13 mee­ting. Though a town man­da­ted se­lec­tion com­mit­tee was trying to ne­go­tiate an agree­ment with 8280959 Ca­na­da inc., the on­ly com­pa­ny to sub­mit a pro­po­sal af­ter Pin­court held a call for ten­ders in May, it be­came ap­pa­rent a com­pro­mise could not be rea­ched.

‘Af­ter nu­me­rous ex­changes bet­ween the two par­ties, it be­came clear that in­com­pa­tible ele­ments could not change and that other ap­pli­ca­tions nee­ded to be ad­ded, re­quests that the Town could not act upon ei­ther in consi­de­ra­tion of the le­gis­la­tive fra­me­work or be­cause they were not consistent with the com­mit­ments made by the coun­cil to the population,’ read a press re­lease is­sued Nov. 14 by the Tow­nof Pin­court.

The call for ten­ders went out to various pro­mo­ters in­ter­es­ted in re­vi­ving the sports com­plex. It on­ly re­sul­ted in the one pos­sible can­di­date willing to meet the Town’s cri­te­ria.

Se­ve­ral other com­pa­nies did show in­ter­est in com­ple­ting the sports com­plex, but not wi­thin the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty’s spe­ci­fied fra­me­work.

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The call to ten­der in­clu­ded condi­tio­nal pa­ra­me­ters for the sale or long-term lease of the buil­ding. In ad­di­tion to en­su­ring suf­fi­cient in­come to co­ver the pur­chase price, or a set­tle­ment or an­nui­ty cost, the Town wan­ted to see the buil­ding fi­ni­shed and en­lar­ged to in­clude ano­ther rink.

The bid first sub­mit­ted by 8280959 Ca­na­da inc. in­clu­ded se­ve­ral items that did not meet the Town’s cri­te­ria. And though the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee and 8280959 Ca­na­da inc. met se­ve­ral times, ‘it be­came clear that in­com­pa­tible ele­ments could not change and that other ap­pli­ca­tions nee­ded to be ad­ded, re­quests that the Town could not act upon ei­ther in consi­de­ra­tion of the le­gis­la­tive fra­me­work or be­cause they were not consistent with the com­mit­ments made by the coun­cil to the population,’ a press re­lease no­ted.

Now that 8280959 Ca­na­da inc. has wi­th­drawn its pro­po­sal a town man­da­ted ma­na­ge­ment team has been as­ked to ex­plore se­ve­ral ap­proaches. These could in­clude seeing the buil­ding fi­ni­shed in a pu­blic­pri­vate part­ner­ship with groups that have shown in­ter­est in the past in the com­plex.

In ad­di­tion, the team could contact other mu­ni­ci­pal part­ners with a goal of rea­ching a so­lu­tion wi­thin the next year.

Mayor Yvan Car­di­nal ex­pres­sed hope that some sort of deal can be rea­ched soon.

“As a large ma­jo­ri­ty of ci­ti­zens who thought they could skate in Au­gust 2013, I am al­so di­sap­poin­ted with the re­sult, but rest as­su­red that the coun­cil will do the ne­ces­sa­ry to achieve a po­si­tive en­ding for the en­tire population.”

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