Pa­suta’s leave ex­pected to be ex­tended by city coun­cil

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - MATTHEW VAN DONGEN

Coun­cil is ex­pected to grant an ex­tended leave of ab­sence from city meet­ings to Coun. Rob Pa­suta due to ill­ness.

A mo­tion go­ing to city coun­cil Wed­nes­day is re­quired un­der the Mu­nic­i­pal Act to al­low the Ward 14 coun­cil­lor to be ab­sent from coun­cil for more than three months.

Pa­suta said he suf­fered two ac­ci­dents in quick suc­ces­sion in early De­cem­ber on his Flam­bor­ough farm, in­clud­ing a bad fall from his trac­tor.

He has been un­able to at­tend city hall meet­ings since De­cem­ber.

“I’ll be back, but ob­vi­ously not as soon as I had hoped,” said Pa­suta on Mon­day, adding he had orig­i­nally aimed to be back by Fe­bru­ary or early March.

Pa­suta said he is un­der­go­ing med­i­cal tests to fig­ure out the source of pain and con­cen­tra­tion prob­lems he has since ex­pe­ri­enced. He said he didn’t want to talk about his symp­toms in de­tail.

The coun­cil­lor said he is try­ing to keep up on coun­cil busi­ness re­motely and his ad­min­is­tra­tive staff is keep­ing up with con­stituent in­quiries. Fel­low coun­cil­lors have also of­fered help if needed, he added.

“It’s frus­trat­ing ... but to­gether we’re get­ting the job done,” he said.

Clare­mont Ac­cess work on track

The city is still on track to reopen the down­bound lanes of the Clare­mont Ac­cess by the end of the month.

City op­er­a­tions head Betty Matthews-Malone said Mon­day the only ques­tion mark re­main­ing for the $1.1-mil­lion slope sta­bi­liza­tion project is the time­line to in­stall a pro­tec­tive rock fence along the newly-bared sec­tion of es­carp­ment slope.

A con­trac­tor be­gan re­mov­ing 20 fail­ing metal wall pan­els from the slope above the down­bound road lanes in De­cem­ber.

Those lanes were closed abruptly in Novem­ber af­ter main­te­nance crews dis­cov­ered loose pan­els and slope in­sta­bil­ity above the busy ac­cess.

A re­port on the long-term plan to deal with the old metal walls cov­er­ing the rock face is slated to go to coun­cil in April.

Higher costs at Tim Hor­tons Field

The city faces spend­ing an ex­tra $1.6 mil­lion per year to run its new foot­ball sta­dium, com­pared to the for­mer Ivor Wynne Sta­dium.

The $145-mil­lion Tim Hor­tons Field was handed over months late and in­com­plete in 2015 and re­mains en­meshed in lit­i­ga­tion over who pays for on­go­ing prob­lems and un­fin­ished items.

But sep­a­rate from those costs, the city has also de­ter­mined the larger, more multi-func­tional space will be costlier to up­keep.

Ex­tra costs in­clude pay­ing for higher heat­ing, cool­ing and hy­dro, more year-round use of meet­ing rooms and more event se­cu­rity for the larger home of the CFL Ti­cats.

BARRY GRAY, THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

A con­trac­tor be­gan re­mov­ing 20 fail­ing metal wall pan­els from the slope above the down­bound Clare­mont Ac­cess lanes in De­cem­ber.

Ward 14 Coun. Robert Pa­suta

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