LRT dominates discussion at Ward 7 byelection forum

News Feb 23, 2016 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

A lower city mega-project dominated a Mountain byelection forum Tuesday night at Eastmount Community Centre.

The light rail transit line along King Street, including its cost and benefit to Mountain residents, along with the amount of attention the lower city gets from council took up much of the session for Ward 7 candidates, with most opposed to the project to varying degrees.

“Everyone I’ve talked to in Ward 7 has been against the LRT,” said candidate Glenn Murphy.

Candidates Shaun Burt, John-Paul Danko, Tim Gordon, and Donna Skelly also made themselves available for questions from the audience of about 20. Paul Nagy was invited but did not show up.

Skelly said she didn’t see the LRT project becoming the economic boon it is being touted as and will not benefit Ward 7 residents.

“It won’t free up more buses on the Mountain,” she said.

But it is too late to stop it now, said Skelly, so the next councillor has to work with the rest of council and can’t waste time fighting it.

Burt said the city would benefit more from a line from the airport-to-downtown train and it was not too late to stop the billion-dollar expenditure on King Street.

“It’s not set in stone because it hasn’t been built yet,” he said.

Danko said the LRT helps Hamilton because of the well-paying construction jobs it would create.

The money from the province would also help cover the cost of sewers and other old infrastructure the city would be on the hook for by itself in coming years, he said.

Gordon said a “non-motorized” transit plan has to be developed for the entire city.

The question of photo radar was also posed to candidates. All opposed the idea as a cash grab that would not increase safety, the reason it is being floated at city hall.

The meeting was the second of four organized by Kathy Archer and Mountain Kidz Klub, which has invited five or six council hopefuls to each one. The next one is Tuesday, March 1, at 7 p.m. The Ward 7 byelection is March 21.

LRT dominates discussion at Ward 7 byelection forum

Candidates oppose photo radar as cash grab

News Feb 23, 2016 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

A lower city mega-project dominated a Mountain byelection forum Tuesday night at Eastmount Community Centre.

The light rail transit line along King Street, including its cost and benefit to Mountain residents, along with the amount of attention the lower city gets from council took up much of the session for Ward 7 candidates, with most opposed to the project to varying degrees.

“Everyone I’ve talked to in Ward 7 has been against the LRT,” said candidate Glenn Murphy.

Candidates Shaun Burt, John-Paul Danko, Tim Gordon, and Donna Skelly also made themselves available for questions from the audience of about 20. Paul Nagy was invited but did not show up.

Skelly said she didn’t see the LRT project becoming the economic boon it is being touted as and will not benefit Ward 7 residents.

“It won’t free up more buses on the Mountain,” she said.

But it is too late to stop it now, said Skelly, so the next councillor has to work with the rest of council and can’t waste time fighting it.

Burt said the city would benefit more from a line from the airport-to-downtown train and it was not too late to stop the billion-dollar expenditure on King Street.

“It’s not set in stone because it hasn’t been built yet,” he said.

Danko said the LRT helps Hamilton because of the well-paying construction jobs it would create.

The money from the province would also help cover the cost of sewers and other old infrastructure the city would be on the hook for by itself in coming years, he said.

Gordon said a “non-motorized” transit plan has to be developed for the entire city.

The question of photo radar was also posed to candidates. All opposed the idea as a cash grab that would not increase safety, the reason it is being floated at city hall.

The meeting was the second of four organized by Kathy Archer and Mountain Kidz Klub, which has invited five or six council hopefuls to each one. The next one is Tuesday, March 1, at 7 p.m. The Ward 7 byelection is March 21.

LRT dominates discussion at Ward 7 byelection forum

Candidates oppose photo radar as cash grab

News Feb 23, 2016 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

A lower city mega-project dominated a Mountain byelection forum Tuesday night at Eastmount Community Centre.

The light rail transit line along King Street, including its cost and benefit to Mountain residents, along with the amount of attention the lower city gets from council took up much of the session for Ward 7 candidates, with most opposed to the project to varying degrees.

“Everyone I’ve talked to in Ward 7 has been against the LRT,” said candidate Glenn Murphy.

Candidates Shaun Burt, John-Paul Danko, Tim Gordon, and Donna Skelly also made themselves available for questions from the audience of about 20. Paul Nagy was invited but did not show up.

Skelly said she didn’t see the LRT project becoming the economic boon it is being touted as and will not benefit Ward 7 residents.

“It won’t free up more buses on the Mountain,” she said.

But it is too late to stop it now, said Skelly, so the next councillor has to work with the rest of council and can’t waste time fighting it.

Burt said the city would benefit more from a line from the airport-to-downtown train and it was not too late to stop the billion-dollar expenditure on King Street.

“It’s not set in stone because it hasn’t been built yet,” he said.

Danko said the LRT helps Hamilton because of the well-paying construction jobs it would create.

The money from the province would also help cover the cost of sewers and other old infrastructure the city would be on the hook for by itself in coming years, he said.

Gordon said a “non-motorized” transit plan has to be developed for the entire city.

The question of photo radar was also posed to candidates. All opposed the idea as a cash grab that would not increase safety, the reason it is being floated at city hall.

The meeting was the second of four organized by Kathy Archer and Mountain Kidz Klub, which has invited five or six council hopefuls to each one. The next one is Tuesday, March 1, at 7 p.m. The Ward 7 byelection is March 21.