Councillor calls for independent audit of Hamilton Waterfront Trust
A Hamilton Councillor says it’s time to clear the air about questions concerning Hamilton’s Waterfront Trust.
Ward 7 Coun. Donna Skelly plans to put forward a motion for a third-party audit of the organization at the Oct. 4 General Issues Committee meeting.
“I’m not looking for a smoking gun,” Skelly said. “I’m just looking for a clear understanding of how this trust has evolved since its inception.”
“Let’s show that we aren’t hiding anything,” she added. “Take a look at the books, and then I think everyone can breath a sigh of relief and say we have been transparent.”
She said sees this as a chance to find out what the Waterfront Trust has done right and what’s not gone well.
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Skelly said the latter would include finding out why the Williams Cafe has not been profitable and what happened with the now-shuttered Sarcoa Restaurant.
The councillor has raised questions about the Waterfront Trust’s operations before, including whether the trust should be in charge of the multi-million dollar West Harbour redevelopment.
The $140-million project includes 1,600 residential units, 13,000 square metres of commercial and institutional space, a 30-metre-wide waterfront park, and a new “green street” that connects the property from east to west.
The development, which will feature a mix of building heights, will also include a centralized garage, a water park, plaza space, a skate park and a playground.
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