We’re not sure which part of ‘No’ Mayor Banman didn’t get from the community about the YMCA giveaway but the email he sent after the April 22nd meeting at which it was decided to kill the project seems to indicate he intends to bring it back.
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There are three phrases he uses which are odd in the context of conducting business and also in terms of ending a proposal. He seems overly enamoured of a big organization that operates fitness centres all over the world and will probably get over not getting the $17.5 million from Abbotsford.
And, phrases like “at this time” and “timing will be right” leave the distinct impression this project is anything but dead.
- ” … has been abandoned at this time.”
- ” … their professionalism, their dedication and their empathy towards our community …”
- “The City has some work to do before the timing will be right …”
I apologize for the delay in responding to you, but I wanted to wait to provide you with a final update after our April 22ndCouncil meeting.
On Monday April 22, 2013, City Manager George Murray presented a report to Council that stated the MOU signed with the YMCA is non-binding and has been rescinded. Council accepted this report and accordingly the proposal to have a YMCA developed in Abbotsford has been abandoned at this time.
I, along with Council, have appreciated the YMCA for their professionalism, their dedication and their empathy towards our community throughout this process.
The City has some work to do before the timing will be right for a project like this one, but our experience with the YMCA has been very positive and Abbotsford would be privileged to work with such a considerate partner in the future.
Thank you for voicing your opinion about the YMCA proposal. It is important for Council to hear from residents, and we appreciate your interest and involvement.
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