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Gridlock over racetrack lease

Race City is back to the bargaining table after city council voted down a motion that gave the track an easy way to extend its lease until 2015.

Race City is back to the bargaining table after city council voted down a motion that gave the track an easy way to extend its lease until 2015.

There are disputes between city administration and the racing track as to when the current lease expires, with the City of Calgary saying that it was up next year.

Although he couldn’t give details — a motion was passed to keep the decisions made behind closed doors confidential for now — Ald. Ric McIver said, “I’m not happy,” and that track operators will now have to work the details out with city administration.

Calgary Motor Sport Association executive Rick Francescone said that as a motor sporting group they’ll be meeting and potentially looking at legal alternatives to “keep illegal street racing off the street.”

“I knew it was going to be close,” he said of the 7-7 vote, but he had counted on Ald. Dale Hodges’ vote, who was away sick yesterday.

 
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