He who must be obeyed!
Now here is a man with vision! Not! Maybe a vision of turning the area into a garbage dump by demanding we all give him our compost for His biodigestor!!
The same man that has denied wireless internet to the rural people of Georgian Bluffs through indecision is now denying the people of his community and the people of this area with economic growth!!
This is the same guy that didn’t have time to meet with the investors that wanted to buy the airport in Wiarton!
He would rather embrace 2.1 million dollars in losses and 10 million in repairs going forward than accept an offer that would create employment and potentially see 100 million invested in our area!
This Guy has a vision too!
Add a mustash and they are almost twins!
“Council had less than a week to agree to its myriad of terms, sources said, and no offer was made directly to Georgian Bluffs or the joint management board that runs the airport for the municipalities.”
This is untrue, in that in the offer they had 60 days to terminate the offer if satisfactory terms could not be reached like say an extension!
“Under Ontario’s Municipal Act, South Bruce Peninsula council lost its ability to dispose of property with a value exceeding $50,000 on Sept. 11. Such a move now needs to be approved by the council elected in October, which will not take office until Dec. 1.”
The offer gave the Municipalities until the 9th of September from August 31, to accept or sign back the offer, but more importantly, they had 60 days to terminate the deal or renegociate the terms. This would have allowed the New Councils the opportunity to deal with the deal without violating the Municipal Act.
“The Dalana Group of Companies Inc. based in Niagara Falls, Ont., has offered to buy the facility, which is now subsidized by the municipalities.”
“Georgian Bluffs budgeted $75,000 this year for the airport operation and capital requirements, treasurer Holly Morrison said Friday. South Bruce Peninsula also budgeted $75,000 for airport costs, according to Mayor Gwen Gilbert.”
“If they can get their heads together, both councils, and get it done, fine. If not, I’m taking the St. Catharines airport, looking at that,” D’Angelo said. “I’m going to be honest with you, there was a reason Wiarton was chosen but St. Catharines airport has been crying for development.”
An opportunity blowing in the wind and Barfoot wouldn’t even take the time to meet with the players! What does that tell you ??
“I have some contacts in the hotel business looking to put a hotel up there . . . have you been to the Buffalo airport? Buffalo, New York? We’re looking to make it something like that . . . something like Hamilton airport, maybe a little bit bigger, a little more infrastructure around it.”
By infrastructure, he means “some hotels, lodging and food for people, parking lot,” D’Angelo said.
But why would people be flying into Wiarton?
“Well, Toronto’s very congested. Asian people right now, the shortest trip, believe it or not, to get to Canada and the cheapest for them is through Mexico. Did you know that? So they fly from Asia to Mexico, Mexico to Canada and they have to go through Toronto.
“Flying into Wiarton is very close . . . Going into Wiarton makes more sense,” D’Angelo said.
“As more and more companies are flying through Wiarton they’re going to want to establish companies there . . . a lot of importer-exporters, I mean they’re going to want to put warehousing in there . . . If you just look at basic facts, Wiarton versus Toronto. I can’t afford a 10-foot by 10-foot warehouse in Toronto airport, so this is a good start. Maybe in 10 or 15 years it will become like Toronto . . . Not that big, but you understand what I’m saying.”
And Barfoot wouldn’t even address the offer!!!
But, he said, there was “a fair market price” offered for the property. “I think they made a big mistake not signing it.”
“This really isn’t new news from the fact that this happens quite often in business, where somebody comes forward and says we have a proposal. Well, you look at it and think that’s not going to go anywhere but I’m certainly not saying that about this one until we see it . . . We’ll wait and see what comes back from South Bruce Peninsula what their directive is to their mayor.”
Lets see, an offer to unload a white elephant, create capital investment, jobs and a future is not news!!! Thats vision!
Barfoot said the airport has been subsidized by the owner municipalities — Wiarton and Keppel at first, Georgian Bluffs and South Bruce Peninsula since municipal amalgamations — ever since it was handed over by the federal government in 1996, but that doesn’t mean Georgian Bluffs wants to get rid of it.
“We have the airport as part of our strategic plan that we want to keep it, so that’s our directive. If there’s something that’s going to change our mind, then obviously we’ll have to take a look at it and up ’til now we haven’t seen anything that looks that appealing yet,” he said.
Some plan! They have owned it for 14 years and done nothing except spend 2.1 million in tax dollars and not maintaining the asset.
“We like the operation of it. Does it need some refining so it doesn’t lose money? For sure.”
But, Barfoot added, “it’s like an arena. It certainly doesn’t make you any money but it’s one of those things that it’s tough to assess the impact of it because it does bring people into the area.
“We see it (the cost of running the airport) certainly as a huge concern, but it’s not one where we’re prepared to jump at the first offer just to unload it. We certainly want to look into all the details of it.”
Oh gee, an investor wants to run the airport, pay taxes, build a hotel, pay taxes, create jobs, pay taxes, take the loss off the taxpayers hands and pay taxes and Our pal Al wants to think about it! DAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!
I wonder if the fact that a girl brought the deal to the table had anything to do with his decision to ignor the deal.
If Georgian Bluffs wants to keep the Airport and run it at a loss then buy out the Town of South Bruce Peninsula and carry it yourself!!! Write a check!
Great job, PAUL JANKOWSKI, for reporting the facts!!! At least somebody has some gonads to print the story and put some facts to the people!
I guess this is not just internet bullshit EH Fred???