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With Barton sale delayed, Jackson eyes road projects

A delay in the closure of Barton Secondary could result in an east Mountain road project proceeding sooner than expected.
The high school was scheduled to close in June 2015, when a new school was expected to open, but that has been delayed by a year as no firm plan for the new school has been announced.
After the closure decision was made by the Hamilton public school board in May 2012, Ward 6 councillor Tom Jackson announced he was putting aside money from his ward-specific budget to buy Barton when it came on the market. He said he wanted to work with the community on a plan to preserve the neighbourhood’s green space.
Jackson said now, with the board pushing back the closure by a year, he’s reconsidering what to do with the roughly $3.5 million he had set aside buy Barton. He said he’s now looking at using the money this term of council to move up road and other infrastructure projects that are currently scheduled for a few years from now.
A decision regarding the purchase of Barton and the use of money from the ward-specific budget can be made next term, Jackson said.
The next municipal election is Oct. 27, 2014.

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