The people on the other side of the table in these negotiations will be staff from the other organizations involved. It is neither needed nor appropriate for Mayor Jim Watson, as a politician, to insert himself into the mix. Staff will work out what they can and bring that proposal to the relevant political bodies for approvals when needed.
Even if it weren’t Watson, there’s no place for political interference at this level of negotiations. City manager Steve Kanellakos is more than capable of managing the negotiations and getting the right people with the right expertise around the table to move this project forward. Don’t send him in with both hands tied behind his back by including Watson on the negotiating team.
It’s even more inappropriate given the history between Watson and the proponents of this project. I’m surprised that Senators owner Eugene Melnyk didn’t include a clause in the deal that bars Watson from being anywhere near it.
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