By Jason Leach
Published May 19, 2010
Today's Spectator reports that Stoney Creek Dairy is selling its ice cream business to a Montreal dairy company:
[Councillor Brad] Clark and Hamilton economic development director Neil Everson said the loss of the ice cream plant followed a lengthy effort they made to find it a new home in the city's Glanbrook North Industrial Park.
"We did everything we could to move him to Glanbrook, but in the end it didn't work out," Clark said. "It all fell apart."
So a brand-spanking new highway leading to gobs of "shovel ready" greenfield land still wasn't enough to retain a business that wanted to stay here?
Among the issues said to have scuttled the deal were the cost of electricity, water and sewage rates and taxes.
Am I reading this properly? Years of unchecked, cheap sprawl, leading to higher debt loads and higher residential taxes along with more strain on our infrastructure - now requiring massive upgrades to prevent the city from becoming one massive floodbowl every time it rains heavily - is driving business out of town.
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