As was stated in this article in the Spec on January 11
, Bratina was made aware that the Ticats wanted to discuss a potential solution Monday afternoon. That evening he called the organization, they made their proposal and discussed the details well into the evening. To be clear, it was the Ticats who made the proposal to renovate IWS, not Bratina. The mayor and the Ticats hammered out a deal late Monday night to be brought to council for approval for consideration.
Early Tuesday morning Bratina contacted the council members to inform them of the development, well in advance of any press conference. From the time the proposal was originally made to the time councillors were informed of the developments was mere hours. Bob Young appeared before council members at the GIC meeting on January 11, less than 24 hours after first discussing IWS with the mayor. If there are council members complaining they were out of the loop they are being disingenuous.
Yes, Bratina was quiet for much of the meeting. He was chairing the meeting for much of the night. From my observations, he held his tongue to allow the council members to speak their mind so to keep the meeting civil and discourage it from escalating into an emotion-driven discussion. I find it interesting that critics of Bratina that were so quick to predict he would be a hot-tempered mayor who'd lead raucous meetings are now critiquing him for keeping quiet and allowing all council to speak their mind during the council meeting.
IWS had not been considered previously because of the limitations of the area around IWS when the original track proposal also required a practice track. When the track events were moved out of Hamilton the space limitations became irrelevant. That is why IWS can now be seriously considered.
With regards to costing the development of the IWS site, everyone involved is well aware of the budget limitations and are planning the project within the constraints of that budget. Rest assured the plan that will be presented to council on the 27th will be costed to be within budget. This is a last-chance scenario for the Ticats and the city to land a 20K+ stadium from the Pan Am Games, and neither party is likely to let the opportunity slip away.