By Kevin Werner, News Staff
Mayor Bob Bratina says the next Hamilton mayor will enter the position with few pressing issues facing the person, unlike what was confronting him after the 2010 mayoral race when former mayor Fred Eisenberger was defeated.
“Certainly the scene is set for a successor. I inherited a mess,” said Bratina. “The stadium, the Pan Am (issue) was a debacle.”
Bratina helped to craft a stadium deal with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats that kept the new stadium at the old Ivor Wynne stadium location, solving a divisive issue within the community.
He also had to quickly fix an area-rating program that was contributing to a divided and dysfunctional council. Bratina said six weeks after being elected, he helped to approve an area-rating program by a unanimous council that has settled the contentious urban-suburban disagreements.
And through his ability to chair city meetings, he helped to diminish the outbursts among politicians, and mitigate the perception within the community of a dysfunctional council.
“A lot of the dysfunction could be eliminated by proper process and proper chairing,” said Bratina. “I think most people would say there is a vast difference from this term to last term.”