Redeemer approved for $1 million city loan for domed soccer field

News Oct 09, 2009 Ancaster News

Redeemer College University received its $1 million interest-free loan from the city last week. But it took some effort.

Despite an attempt by a few councillors to delay the 10-year loan to Redeemer College, which will help finance its $4.8 million domed soccer field construction, politicians last week approved the agreement with the college and the Ancaster Soccer Association.

“This is a perfect delegation of resources,” said Ancaster councillor Lloyd Ferguson. “I think it is a win-win all the way around.”

“This is a good news story,” added Mayor Fred Eisenberger. “It’s a marginal expense to taxpayers and we are getting 50 per cent use of (the field) in prime time.

Yet, a few councillors suggested Hamilton was ignoring the needs of other soccer associations who had previously approached the city to help finance an indoor soccer facility.

Flamborough councillor Margaret McCarthy said there had been some grumbling from officials from the Flamborough Soccer Association about the city’s funding efforts.

And Ward 1 Councillor Brian McHattie said the city had dropped a request from various soccer associations years ago to investigate how to build more indoor soccer fields.

Joe Anne Priel, general manager of emergency and community services, said the city’s study was put on hold until after it had completed its indoor and outdoor facilities study.

“We have ignored the previous process,” said Mr. McHattie, who professed that he was not against the Redeemer agreement. “We started the process two years ago. We have been silent on it. It’s sloppy governance. We will be in deep trouble from other organizations.”

A motion by Mr. Hattie to defer the loan for a couple of weeks was rejected in a 13-3 vote.

The $1 million loan to Redeemer College had been unanimously supported by the audit and administration committee a week earlier.

The request to the city by Redeemer for the funding had come after the college received $2.6 million from both the province and the federal governments under the federal government’s infrastructure stimulus funding.

Ward 5 Councillor Chad Collins said the Redeemer College proposal, which partners with the Ancaster Soccer Club, is a proposal that melds both the private and public sectors needs that will also benefit the city.

“This is very unique,” he said. “It’s a good scenario. I see this as a win-win-win.”

Ancaster Soccer recently created a fund-raising campaign to raise the remaining $1.8 million for the soccer field.

The club appointed former professional soccer player Lou Nagy as a technical director and honourary chair of the campaign.

The project, which is expected to begin construction this fall, involves two artificial turfs, with one field covered from November to April by an air-supported, 100- metre wide, 30-metre dome creating a larger playing surface than Ivor Wynne Stadium, while the other field will be uncovered for the entire year.

Most of the construction should be completed by the spring of 2010.

Washrooms and change rooms will be located within the field house. There will be limited seating in the dome.

Redeemer will join Algonquin College in Ottawa as the only schools in the Ontario College Athletic Association with a domed facility.

The city and Ancaster Soccer will have access to the facility during the busy summer months under the agreement struck with Redeemer College.

Redeemer approved for $1 million city loan for domed soccer field

News Oct 09, 2009 Ancaster News

Redeemer College University received its $1 million interest-free loan from the city last week. But it took some effort.

Despite an attempt by a few councillors to delay the 10-year loan to Redeemer College, which will help finance its $4.8 million domed soccer field construction, politicians last week approved the agreement with the college and the Ancaster Soccer Association.

“This is a perfect delegation of resources,” said Ancaster councillor Lloyd Ferguson. “I think it is a win-win all the way around.”

“This is a good news story,” added Mayor Fred Eisenberger. “It’s a marginal expense to taxpayers and we are getting 50 per cent use of (the field) in prime time.

Yet, a few councillors suggested Hamilton was ignoring the needs of other soccer associations who had previously approached the city to help finance an indoor soccer facility.

Flamborough councillor Margaret McCarthy said there had been some grumbling from officials from the Flamborough Soccer Association about the city’s funding efforts.

And Ward 1 Councillor Brian McHattie said the city had dropped a request from various soccer associations years ago to investigate how to build more indoor soccer fields.

Joe Anne Priel, general manager of emergency and community services, said the city’s study was put on hold until after it had completed its indoor and outdoor facilities study.

“We have ignored the previous process,” said Mr. McHattie, who professed that he was not against the Redeemer agreement. “We started the process two years ago. We have been silent on it. It’s sloppy governance. We will be in deep trouble from other organizations.”

A motion by Mr. Hattie to defer the loan for a couple of weeks was rejected in a 13-3 vote.

The $1 million loan to Redeemer College had been unanimously supported by the audit and administration committee a week earlier.

The request to the city by Redeemer for the funding had come after the college received $2.6 million from both the province and the federal governments under the federal government’s infrastructure stimulus funding.

Ward 5 Councillor Chad Collins said the Redeemer College proposal, which partners with the Ancaster Soccer Club, is a proposal that melds both the private and public sectors needs that will also benefit the city.

“This is very unique,” he said. “It’s a good scenario. I see this as a win-win-win.”

Ancaster Soccer recently created a fund-raising campaign to raise the remaining $1.8 million for the soccer field.

The club appointed former professional soccer player Lou Nagy as a technical director and honourary chair of the campaign.

The project, which is expected to begin construction this fall, involves two artificial turfs, with one field covered from November to April by an air-supported, 100- metre wide, 30-metre dome creating a larger playing surface than Ivor Wynne Stadium, while the other field will be uncovered for the entire year.

Most of the construction should be completed by the spring of 2010.

Washrooms and change rooms will be located within the field house. There will be limited seating in the dome.

Redeemer will join Algonquin College in Ottawa as the only schools in the Ontario College Athletic Association with a domed facility.

The city and Ancaster Soccer will have access to the facility during the busy summer months under the agreement struck with Redeemer College.

Redeemer approved for $1 million city loan for domed soccer field

News Oct 09, 2009 Ancaster News

Redeemer College University received its $1 million interest-free loan from the city last week. But it took some effort.

Despite an attempt by a few councillors to delay the 10-year loan to Redeemer College, which will help finance its $4.8 million domed soccer field construction, politicians last week approved the agreement with the college and the Ancaster Soccer Association.

“This is a perfect delegation of resources,” said Ancaster councillor Lloyd Ferguson. “I think it is a win-win all the way around.”

“This is a good news story,” added Mayor Fred Eisenberger. “It’s a marginal expense to taxpayers and we are getting 50 per cent use of (the field) in prime time.

Yet, a few councillors suggested Hamilton was ignoring the needs of other soccer associations who had previously approached the city to help finance an indoor soccer facility.

Flamborough councillor Margaret McCarthy said there had been some grumbling from officials from the Flamborough Soccer Association about the city’s funding efforts.

And Ward 1 Councillor Brian McHattie said the city had dropped a request from various soccer associations years ago to investigate how to build more indoor soccer fields.

Joe Anne Priel, general manager of emergency and community services, said the city’s study was put on hold until after it had completed its indoor and outdoor facilities study.

“We have ignored the previous process,” said Mr. McHattie, who professed that he was not against the Redeemer agreement. “We started the process two years ago. We have been silent on it. It’s sloppy governance. We will be in deep trouble from other organizations.”

A motion by Mr. Hattie to defer the loan for a couple of weeks was rejected in a 13-3 vote.

The $1 million loan to Redeemer College had been unanimously supported by the audit and administration committee a week earlier.

The request to the city by Redeemer for the funding had come after the college received $2.6 million from both the province and the federal governments under the federal government’s infrastructure stimulus funding.

Ward 5 Councillor Chad Collins said the Redeemer College proposal, which partners with the Ancaster Soccer Club, is a proposal that melds both the private and public sectors needs that will also benefit the city.

“This is very unique,” he said. “It’s a good scenario. I see this as a win-win-win.”

Ancaster Soccer recently created a fund-raising campaign to raise the remaining $1.8 million for the soccer field.

The club appointed former professional soccer player Lou Nagy as a technical director and honourary chair of the campaign.

The project, which is expected to begin construction this fall, involves two artificial turfs, with one field covered from November to April by an air-supported, 100- metre wide, 30-metre dome creating a larger playing surface than Ivor Wynne Stadium, while the other field will be uncovered for the entire year.

Most of the construction should be completed by the spring of 2010.

Washrooms and change rooms will be located within the field house. There will be limited seating in the dome.

Redeemer will join Algonquin College in Ottawa as the only schools in the Ontario College Athletic Association with a domed facility.

The city and Ancaster Soccer will have access to the facility during the busy summer months under the agreement struck with Redeemer College.