New mayor in, mil­lion dol­lar event out

Amelia Chris­tensenRose looks back to the pages of Hamil­ton Press in 2010, as part of our se­ries

Hamilton Press - - OUT & ABOUT -

Al­most seven years to the day, Julie Har­daker was ap­pointed mayor of Hamil­ton.

The Oc­to­ber 13 edi­tion of Hamil­ton Press high­lighted 2010 as the year Har­daker took over the role from Bob Sim­cock.

A re­porter at the time wrote that ‘‘enough vot­ers agreed with Har­daker’s view that Hamil­ton needs a new di­rec­tion’’ and that Har­daker was plan­ning on putting two of her poli­cies into ef­fect im­me­di­ately.

‘‘I’m a doer,’’ she said in the front-page story.

Only three of the elected coun­cil­lors of 2010 are still sit­ting in coun­cil.

Now deputy mayor, Martin Gal­lagher had the most votes that year, with An­gela O’Leary and Dave Macpher­son com­ing 10th and 11th re­spec­tively.

An af­ter­noon of rev­elry and en­ter­tain­ment on Oc­to­ber 16 marked the 100th an­niver­sary of the Hamil­ton Traf­fic Bridge, also known as the Vic­to­ria Bridge or the Brew­ery Bridge.

The bridge con­nected Vic­to­ria St to Grey St and was built as a re­place­ment for the wooden Hamil­ton Union Bridge.

Hamil­ton East Com­mu­nity Trust chair­woman Lois Liv­ingston said an af­ter­noon of en­ter­tain­ment in Me­mo­rial Park would cul­mi­nate in a light­ing dis­play of the bridge as dark­ness falls, re­ported Ge­off Lewis.

Liv­ingston was the chair­woman of the trust for nine years. She died in Novem­ber 2016, af­ter on­go­ing health prob­lems.

In that same edi­tion, re­porter Nick Sil­vester told the story of Doug Dixon turn­ing his con­nec­tion to Hamil­ton’s his­tory into in­spi­ra­tion for his projects.

Dixon had made a replica of the Union Bridge, the first bridge in Hamil­ton. The Union Bridge was built in 1879 and was orig- in­ally a toll bridge cost­ing 15c for a horse and cart and 1c for a pedes­trian.

Dixon said the replica took around 300 hours over five months to com­plete.

While re­search­ing the bridge, Dixon found out that his great­grand­fa­ther may have been the band leader at the open­ing of the Union Bridge.

The last is­sue of 2010 had Hamil­ton’s new mayor talk­ing ‘‘tough on V8s’’ af­ter costs to the city were es­ti­mated to be more than $27 mil­lion when they had ini­tially been re­porter at around $7.95m.

In 2006, Michael Red­man, the mayor at the time, said the Hamil­ton 400 would cost ratepay­ers $7m over seven years but it ended up be­ing $37.4m in just three.

The last race was in 2012.

News clip­pings from Hamil­ton Press in 2010, when Julie Har­daker was elected as the city’s mayor.

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