Councillor Throws Wet Blanket Over the Barn
Posted by auroracitizen on May 29, 2012
A Reader writes … I read, with delight, in the Banner that Council moved us a step closer to welcoming a major corporation to Aurora. I would like to offer a warm welcome to Bulk Barn Foods Limited.
This company will add 400 new jobs to Aurora. It also puts much needed cash into the Town’s hands by purchasing 25 acres of land directly from the Town and by paying commercial property taxes for land that was not generating any revenue as long as the Town owned it and sat on it.
Deputy Mayor Abel is quoted as saying “with all the jobs they bring, I am looking forward with great optimism that we will see several other corporations follow their lead.” The Town’s Planning Director said the move is “significant”. This development meets a standard for employment lands, established by the Province, of 50 jobs per hectare.
However, on the flip side, Councillor Gaertner once again shows her complete ignorance in terms of understanding business by making statements such as “Frankly, I didn’t think it was the best use of these lands” – “We are trying to bring in many well-paying jobs”.
This is a corporate head office that supports over 190 retail outlets. Anyone with any business acumen at all knows that it takes lawyers, accountants, payroll management, professional sales people and marketing professionals, just to name a few positions, in order to successfully run a corporation like Bulk Barn. They will employ over 300 people in the offices alone. A quick review of Bulk Barn’s website indicates they are currently looking to hire an Executive Assistant to the CFO, an Accountant, and a Payroll Administrator, among other positions.
Councillor Gaertner, I have news for you – these are professional well-paid positions. Additionally there will be over 100 positions in the distribution centre.
This is a win, win, win for our Town and the last thing we need is a bitter, out of touch Councillor throwing a wet blanket on it.