City Celebrates and Front Street Reopens


Last night, October 18, 2018, a ribbon cutting ceremony in downtown Belleville marked the completion and re-opening of Front Street to traffic in downtown Belleville. The construction is part of the four year revitalization and redevelopment of the City’s downtown core. The street celebration was held to thank the downtown community for their support and perseverance during this project.

“I would like to sincerely thank our downtown stakeholders for all they have endured over the past four years,” said Mayor Taso Christopher. “The City would also like to acknowledge Len Corcoran Excavating and their team. They have made extra efforts in maintaining business continuity and access during this complex construction project and have worked with us every step of the way.”

A crowd of businesses, property owners, residents, patrons and project team members gathered on Front Street for the celebration. The evening kicked-off with music by the Fiddleheads, food and drinks provided by downtown restaurants, and displays showcasing before and after photos of the downtown, façade improvements, new businesses in the downtown and the influx of residential development that is underway as a result of this project. Members of the Mayor’s Task Force team, the BDIA, consulting teams and Corcoran Excavating were recognized prior to the ribbon cutting.

Belleville’s revitalized downtown now features upgrades to the underground infrastructure (new watermain, new or relined sanitary sewers and new utilities); reconstructed roads, boulevards, and sidewalks, including new asphalt, concrete and brick pavers; and new design elements including street lights and traffic signals, street furniture, granite-curb planters and trees.

Front Street is now open to two-way traffic. The Contractor will continue to have a presence in downtown Belleville to finish minor work and site clean-up. Market Street remains closed as construction is completed. During this time shoppers and visitors will be able to access and enjoy all that our revitalized downtown has to offer during the holiday season.

New Look for Regional Immigration Portal


The Bay of Quinte Immigration Portal has a new look, thanks to funding from the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration. The Portal partnership, consisting of the City of Belleville, Hastings County, Prince Edward County and the City of Quinte West received $39,900 for content updates to the site, immigration.bayofquinte.ca.

The updates include photography and video-driven profiles of new Canadians making a life in this region and general updates to the information related to services and amenities of interest to newcomers.

“The goal is to raise awareness that our community is an inclusive community,” says Karen Poste, Manager of Economic Development for the City of Belleville, the lead municipality on the project. “It’s about telling real stories of new Canadians who have moved to this region and the positive impacts they’ve experienced.”

Some are transplanted here as part of their first trip to Canada, like Christian Jaros and Andreas Englund, who played for the Belleville Senators during their 2017-18 season. In a recent interview, Jaros commented about how he was impressed by his neighbours and how helpful they were, helping him and his girlfriend adjust to Canadian life - most notably when a storm knocked down a tree in his yard and they helped him to remove it. “My neighbours are great - they’re perfect,” he said.

Others come to the region after living in larger Canadian cities, like Toronto or Ottawa, searching for a better lifestyle, like Maha Majeed. She left the city to open her own pharmacy in Marmora. Originally from Iraq, Maha immigrated to Canada in 1996, and lived and worked in Mississauga for six years before she decided to leave for Hastings County. “I was worried at first that my husband, Heidar, wouldn’t enjoy living in a small town,” Maha admits with a chuckle. “Now I can’t get him to leave. Not even for the weekend. He says this is my family, this is where I belong. People know me here.”

One of the most important aspects of the project is to link immigration to employment. “If we want to grow our population and especially our workforce, immigration attraction is a key strategy,” notes Dug Stevenson, Executive Director of the Bay of Quinte Regional Marketing Board, who helps support the project. “The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) said in a recent report that because of the Baby Boom retirement, if Canada doesn’t drive immigration in an effort to grow our workforce, then many of our small-to-medium enterprises will struggle to grow or even stay open. Right now, Ontario’s labour shortage is estimated at 40 per cent. If we can attract skilled workers from outside of the country, it’s a win-win for both parties.”

The regional partnership is currently working toward a longer-term strategy for immigration attraction that will include other strategic partners like the Centre for Workforce Development, Quinte Economic Development Commission and Quinte United Immigration Services. In the meantime, additional updates to the content and navigation elements of the Bay of Quinte Immigration Portal will occur on an ongoing basis by each of the municipal partners, in an effort to continue to attract new Canadians to the area.

For more information, visit immigration.bayofquinte.ca or contact the Immigration Portal Task Team: City of Belleville: Elisha Purchase - epurchase@city.belleville.on.ca City of Quinte West: Ben Hagerman - benh@quintewest.ca Hastings County: Luisa Sorrentino - sorrentinol@hastingscounty.com Prince Edward County: Trevor Crowe - tcrowe@pecounty.on.ca Bay of Quinte Regional Marketing Board: Dug Stevenson - dug@bayofquinte.ca

Belleville received $436K for its energy-saving efforts


A ceremonial cheque in excess of $435,000 was presented by Veridian Connections President & CEO, Michael Angemeer, as part of the Save On Energy rebate program, to acknowledge the City’s recent street light conversion project. The City converted over 3,600 street lights to Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting technology. The new street lights consume less energy, have a longer lifetime, offer increased visibility, and have reduced light pollution.

“We are thrilled to receive a rebate in excess of $435,000 from Veridian. In addition, we will also be saving approximately $250,000 per year in electricity costs,” said Mayor Christopher Taso. “Equally as important, the brighter LED lights enhance safety for both vehicular and pedestrian traffic. This project has proven to be a success on many fronts for the City of Belleville.”

Wounded Warriors’ Partnership Provides Additional Layer of Mental Health Service Support


The City of Belleville, Belleville Police Service, Belleville Fire Department and the Hastings-Quinte Paramedic Services are proud to announce a partnership agreement with Wounded Warriors Canada. Through this partnership, Wounded Warriors Canada will work directly with The City of Belleville, Belleville Police Service, Belleville Fire Department and the Hastings-Quinte Paramedic Services to offer their innovative mental health programs and services to their members and their families.

“Today’s announcement recognizes the fact that no one service, association, government agency, or organization will ever be the 100% solution for their members in need of mental health support. When a member is struggling, it doesn’t matter where, when or how the injury occurred. What matters is that our First Responders and their family members know that we are in this together – working to ensure they receive the help they so rightly deserve. We are proud to partner with The City of Belleville, Belleville Police Service, Belleville Fire Department and the Hastings-Quinte Paramedic Services and look forward to doing our part to support their members and their families.” – Scott Maxwell, Executive Director of Wounded Warriors Canada.

Wounded Warriors Canada:

Wounded Warriors Canada is a national mental health charity whose mission is to honour and support Canada’s ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans, First Responders and their families. The organization provides a wide range of programs and services for individual members and families affected by Operational Stress Injuries. As a privately funded charity, the organization is made possible thanks to the care, compassion and generosity of Canadians.

Mayor Taso Christopher comment: “ I am honoured and profoundly proud to be signing this partnership agreement on behalf of the City of Belleville. The innovative mental health services and programs offered through WWC will be invaluable to our service members and their families”.

Chief Ron Gignac comment: “We are grateful for the relationship partnership that we are entering into with the Wounded Warriors Canada. We are a unique entity in having a Tri – emergency services partnership with the wholehearted support of Mayor Christopher and the City of Belleville. It is a true reflection of the outstanding bonds and relationship that we have with our emergency services partners, our local Government, our Canadian Forces members, and the Wounded Warriors Canada. A special thanks goes out to Chief Warrant Officer (Ret) Darcy Elder for his tireless efforts in bringing this partnership to Belleville. Our first responders and their families’ thank you for what you have done for Quinte Region over the years, and thank the Wounded Warriors Canada for impacting the members and families of our military and first responders in ways that have dramatically positive results. “

Chief Doug Socha comment: "Hastings-Quinte Paramedic Service is honoured to join with our other Belleville Emergency Providers in participating with Wounded Warriors of Canada in supporting First Responders, Veterans and their families. Recognizing that we are not alone in our efforts will assist us in reaching out and connecting with those in need of support."

Chief Mark MacDonald comment: “many hands make light work and also help to hold one another up. We are very appreciative that we can have partnerships with Emergency Responder agencies and WWC. Building strong supports for our responders is critical to their well-being and our operational effectiveness.”

To learn more about Wounded Warriors Canada visit: www.woundedwarriors.ca

About the City of Belleville:

For additional information, visit: http://belleville.ca

About Belleville Police Service:

For additional information, visit: https://www.police.belleville.on.ca

About Belleville Fire Department:
For additional information, visit: https://www.belleville.ca/residents/page/fire-emergency-services

About Hastings-Quinte Paramedic Service:

For additional information, visit: http://www.hastingscounty.com/services/emergency-services

Media Contact:Matthew Wocks

Wounded Warriors Canada

647-572-4627

matt@woundedwarriors.ca

Belleville Transit improves Safety through Technology


Belleville Transit is working with Dican Digital Instruments Canada to install Mobileye Sheild+ as a test on two of their conventional Transit buses.

Mobileye Sheild+ is a collision avoidance technology that provides notification to the driver of any pedestrians or cyclists that may enter a vehicle’s blind spot. Mobileye Shield+ is specially designed to address transit bus blind spots and A-­pillar obstructions, improving driver visibility and safety in urban environments. Transit buses are long, have a large turning radius and in certain situations have reduced visibility.

Over just a five­-year period, national statistics report that transit buses were responsible for over 65,000 injuries; the majority of which could have been avoided.

Mobileye Shield+ utilizes four multi­-vision smart sensors, strategically placed around the bus to watch for pedestrians and cyclists that can become hidden in an A­-pillar blind spot and also in the front, on the left, and right sides. Shield+ leverages dynamic detection angles to constantly monitor the driving environment and provide real-­time visual and audible alerts when pedestrians or cyclists are in the bus danger zones. The system is capable of differentiating pedestrians and cyclists from inanimate objects.

“By installing Mobileye Shield+ as a test in two of our buses, Belleville Transit is taking the opportunity to increase the safety of the public and our drivers,” states Paul Buck, Manager Transit Services. “This is an important step forward in providing our drivers with technology to enable greater collision avoidance.”

Belleville Transit plans to operate the two test units for up to one year, and if they prove to be beneficial, will add this technology as standard equipment on all future vehicle purchases.

Park and Ride Shuttle Adds Second Route for 2018/2019 Season


Belleville Transit is operating the Park and Ride Shuttle for the 2018/2019 season with a progressive change to the service – now there are two routes.

The Park and Ride service is provided by the City of Belleville and they are seeking partnerships with local businesses for the season. Last year 10,116 passengers rode the shuttle, now with an additional route, Transit expects even more. Those interested in promoting their business on these ‘exciting murals on wheels’ are encouraged to contact Manager of Transit Operations, Paul Buck at 613-403-7923 to discuss this exciting opportunity.

Riders will continue to enjoy the service for last year’s prices - $2.50 per round trip, and soon fans will be able to purchase a pre-paid 10 ride pass. The pass will be available at City Hall, in the pass vending machine at the bus terminal and other outlets.

Fans can park for free at the Quinte Mall or the Bayview Mall, board the bus and go directly to the CAA Arena to take in the AHL professional hockey action. The Park and Ride Shuttle will return fans to the mall after the game.

The Park and Ride Shuttle will have a WEST and EAST route operating this season, giving even more opportunity for fast, easy and fun access to the games.

PARK & RIDE WEST ROUTE

Quinte Mall

· South West Corner by the Starbucks/Chapters (same as last year)

· East side of the building at the Toys R Us entrance (same as last year)

· South East corner of Bell Blvd. at North Front Street (same as last year, in hopes we get the return sponsorship)

· 1st bus departs Quinte Mall at 5:45 PM, operates a 10 minute headway with the last bus dropping at 6:50 PM

· Following the game, bus will make 10 minute headway trips from the QSWC to the Mall until all passengers are returned.

PARK AND RIDE EAST ROUTE

Bayview Mall

· North East corner of the building (Ontario offices entrance) with parking between the Home Hardware and Tim Horton’s

· Downtown Bus Terminal – South West corner of the building (InterCity bus stop location)

· 1st bus departs Bayview Mall at 5:45 PM operating a 12 minute headway with the last bus dropping at 6:55 PM

· Following the game, bus will make 12 minute headway trips from the QSWC to the Mall until all passengers are returned.

Belleville Transit – LET’S GO!

Belleville Transit Anti-idling campaign launches October 1


On October 1, 2018, Belleville Transit will launch a campaign that will limit every transit vehicle to a maximum of five minutes of idle time under normal operating circumstances, and will not allow a bus to idle without a driver on board the bus.

The initiative, affecting all Belleville Transit buses and service vehicles, is designed to help improve the air quality for customers and staff at the terminal, layover locations and on-board. It will also raise awareness of the potential risks to health and the environment while reducing the financial costs incurred when a vehicle engine is needlessly idling.

Policy messages:

  • idling is a significant contributor to local air pollution
  • idling uses unnecessary fuel
  • modern batteries need less engine running time to stay charged
  • idling increases the wear and tear on engines, much more so than stopping and restarting them
  • engines stay warm for up to an hour, even in winter and the fan will continue to blow warm air
  • in summer when using air conditioning, cool air will still circulate when the engine is switched off

"Whether you are young or old, air quality affects us all so we hope our anti-idling policy will help change driver behavior and play a part in reducing harmful emissions,” commented Paul Buck, Manager of Transit Operations. “By highlighting the dangers of exhaust emissions and the fuel savings that can be achieved, we hope to persuade more drivers in Belleville to switch off - not idle their vehicles."

The anti-idling policy is the first of a succession of environmental initiatives that Belleville Transit hopes to implement. Future plans include a move to all new transit vehicles being 100% zero emission vehicles and working toward improved waste recycling with zero items going to landfill.

FIVE new family physicians announced for Belleville


Mayor Taso Christopher and members of Belleville City Council are pleased to announce five new family physicians have signed onto the Physician Recruitment program for the City.

Belleville has a strong history of attracting more family physicians to the community than most similar sized communities in rural Ontario.  This success can be attributed to the scholarship program, the City’s incredible quality of life, the affordability of the region, the modernized local hospital and the existing network of inclusive and supportive family doctors already practicing here.

The City is pleased to announce that the following physicians have been attracted to the community:
Dr. Samantha Graitson
Dr. Ryan Hartley
Dr. Jennifer Karmally
Dr. Justin Pang
Dr. Bethany Philpott

This dedicated group of family doctors are currently completing their residency and will be ready for independent practice in 2019/2020.  There are now a total of 34 physicians who have signed on to the City’s recruitment program since its’ inception.

Mayor Taso Christopher declared, “This is great news for the City of Belleville and the entire region.  Although health care is a Provincial responsibility, we are proud that Council could use the dividends received from our ownership in Veridian Connections to support and attract these new family physicians.  I have met with all of these doctors and they are excited to build their careers in Belleville which promises to bring better health and prosperity to our community.  We know our residents and businesses will work hard to make these young professionals feel welcome and included in our City.”

With the addition of these five new recruits, Belleville has managed to sign eight new doctors in 2018 – a  record number of new doctors in a single year for Belleville.  At a time when many long standing family doctors are looking to retire, these physicians will be needed to help fill the void as residents transition to new doctors.  More family physicians are still needed in the community but these recruits are a welcome addition to the medical community. 

Residents wishing to be connected with a family physician are required to register with Health Care Connect at 1-800-445-1822 or by visiting the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care Website and searching “Health Care Connect”.  Residents are reminded that health care is a Provincial responsibility and all concerns related to local access to health care services should be directed to your local Member of Provincial Parliament or the Ministry of Health.

For more information on the program, please contact the Economic and Strategic Initiative department at Belleville City Hall.

Yardmen Name Not To Be Forgotten


During the negotiation of the Council approved lease and licensing agreement, clause 8.2 and 8.3 regarding the naming rights for the Yardmen Arena, The City and the Belleville Senators agreed the Yardmen’s history and contributions must be memorialized and honoured in a significant way. The Yardmen were the driving force behind the original development of the arena and all parties agreed the acknowledgement of this community contribution must be a part of the renaming process. In anticipation of the naming sponsorship being successful one day, City staff has taken a proactive role in working with family members of the Yardmen who were involved in raising funds for the arena to build an appropriate pictorial and written story of their great accomplishment. Discussions surrounding locations and details have been conducted by City staff with the Belleville Senators for some time and more details regarding this will follow.

The Canadian Automobile Association, (CAA), is a national brand, one of the largest consumer-based organizations in Canada, and they see great benefit in partnering in our community to support hockey and the Belleville Senators.

“The ‘Yardmen’ name will be preserved,” said Mayor Christopher. “There will be a ceremony featuring appropriate outdoor and indoor displays within the building - respecting and recognizing the role played and the contributions made by the Yardmen.”

TD Tree Days Hosted At Boyd Park


City of Belleville, TD, and Volunteers Work Together to Plant 750+ Trees

Wrapping up its eighth year of planting in Belleville, TD Tree Days has concluded with a bigger local impact than ever before. Saturday, volunteers, TD employees and City employees gathered in Boyd Park to plant over 750 native trees in an effort to enhance the green space.

Tree Days has been helping to plant in Belleville since 2011 leading to over 2,600 trees/shrubs planted across four distinct green spaces. Saturday’s event marks the third year of planting at Boyd Park, working directly with the City of Belleville. TD Site leader, Sarah Jane commented, “Our team at TDCanada Trust looks forward to this event all year. It’s so great to see our team unite with the community, people of all ages, having a great time for an awesome cause.”

The ultimate aim of the Tree Days program is to create a more vibrant planet, planting one million trees by 2030. Before planting began this fall the total stood at over 300,000 with more than 100 green spaces and thousands of volunteers registered to plant more.

As a green space largely composed of ash trees, Boyd Park has been devastated by the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in recent years. The invasive species is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of trees in the park which leaves a substantial void for new trees to fill.

“Reforesting an area like this is a big job,” says Larry Glover, Manager of Parks and Open Spaces. “The support of TD Tree Days has been a huge help replacing the canopy we have lost with the ash. This project is also about protecting the area against future problems. The City’s Parks staff has selected a wide variety of native species known to thrive in the park’s natural conditions and contribute positively to the ecosystem.”

TD Tree Days takes place annually between September and October across Ontario. To find another planting event or volunteer, visit their website at TDTreeDays.com

City in need of large Spruce Trees for Christmas Displays


As part of its annual Christmas lighting program, the City of Belleville will remove select trees from local private properties to place in strategic locations throughout the City during the upcoming holiday season. These trees are lighted and any resident or business, with a 24’ (7.4 meters) or higher spruce tree in their yard or on their property they would like to donate, may contact the City of Belleville Environmental and Operational Services Department at 613-967-3275 or the Parks Section at 613-967-0036.

City staff will inspect the tree and if deemed suitable for the Christmas tree program, will arrange for the removal of the tree at no cost to the land owner. These trees will be located in many prominent locations around the City including Jane Forrester Park, City Hall/Market Square, and the Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre.

“Trees offered in the past have generally outgrown the homeowner’s lot or have to be removed for construction of an addition – well-formed blue or white spruce trees are preferred,” stated Larry Glover, Manager of Parks and Open Space, City of Belleville Environmental and Operational Services. “Tree removal equipment will be required to access the tree so trees on a side street or in the side yard are usually the most suitable for this purpose.”

After the holiday season, these trees will be chipped and used as mulch in the City’s ongoing park program.

For more information on this donation request, please contact the Parks section of the Environmental and Operational Services Department at 613-967-0036.

Belleville Implements Cigarette Recycling Program


Belleville is keeping cigarette butts off the street and out of landfills. Partnering with TerraCycle Canada’s Cigarette Recycling Program, Belleville will ensure cigarette butts are properly disposed of and are given a second life through recycling.

“Cigarette butts are one of the most littered items in the world and they pose a real threat to our environment,” says General Manager, Transportation and Operations Services, Joseph Reid. “The plastic filters soak up chemicals, get tossed and release those chemicals – often into our waterways. By partnering with TerraCycle we’re proud to bring a sustainable solution to Belleville.”

TerraCycle is an international recycling company that finds innovative solutions for materials not typically accepted at municipal recycling facilities. The waste collected through the Cigarette Waste Recycling Program is recycled into a variety of industrial products, such as plastic lumber. Any remaining tobacco and paper is recycled as compost. In exchange for reducing cigarette waste, Belleville earns points for cigarette butts sent to TerraCycle, and can later redeem these points as a cash donation to any nonprofit organization.

“Every year, billions of cigarette butts end up in dumpsters and landfills, or get tossed as litter on shorelines, parks, and sidewalks across Canada” said TerraCycle CEO Tom Szaky. “We give a big ‘thank you’ to the more than two thousand locations that have helped us collect over 105 million cigarette butts through this recycling program.”

Belleville’s cigarette recycling has been coordinated by the City’s Green Task Force and community advocates for waste reduction. There are currently three butt disposals, located throughout the downtown area at: Century Place, The Duke’s Pub and the footbridge gazebo. Councillor and Green Task Force Chairperson Egerton Boyce expressed his excitement, seeing another green program implemented in Belleville. “The Green Task Force continues to seek out sustainable projects for Belleville. In this instance we’re taking the numerous cigarette butts that litter our parks and streets and giving them a chance to be recycled into something useful. With the partners we have involved this initiative has the potential to become very successful.”

About TerraCycle

TerraCycle Canada, a Progressive Waste Solutions partner, takes difficult-to-recycle packaging and turns it into a variety of raw materials that are sold to manufacturers to produce new products. Founded in 2001, TerraCycle is the world leader in the collection and reuse of non-recyclable post-consumer waste. In 21 countries, the waste is collected through programs that donate money to schools and charities. To learn more, visit www.terracycle.ca.

Status of work done in compliance with the Director’s Order relating to the former Coal Gas Plant


City of Belleville – During a September 12, 2018 conference call with the Environmental Review Tribunal (the “ERT”), the lawyer for the City of Belleville reported on the status of the work done in response to the Director’s Order issued on August 31, 2015 by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (now Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks or “MECP”) to the City, and to two current property owners (the “Orderees”) with respect to the former Coal Gasification Plant. The Order required the Orderees to complete certain environmental investigations and to prepare a plan to address the findings.

The City has led the work required to be completed by the Order. The work included the completion of an Environmental Investigations report, August 2, 2017 (the “Report”), prepared by Golder Associates. The Report was submitted to the MECP, and additional supplemental investigations were also undertaken and submitted to MECP.

The Report and the supplemental investigations have confirmed:

· contamination of surface soils in the area are from historic land uses not associated with the former Coal Gasification Plant; and

· the absence of ecological and human health risk associated with the surface soils and any other materials associated with the former Coal Gasification Plant, provided that certain risk management measures are put in place.

The Report contained recommendations for the following risk management measures:

· administrative controls; and

· hygiene advice for personal protection

Recently (July 19, 2018) the MECP forwarded the results of its review of the investigations completed and work done by Golder Associates, accepting the conclusions that:

· risk management measures are not required to address soil vapour issues;

· measured shallow soil impacts off-site are related to prior industrial and other uses in the area;

· there are no identified impacts to surface water; and

· there is no adverse effect in harbour sediment related to potential impact from the former gas plant

MECP has now requested the Orderees prepare and submit a Risk Management Plan (“RMP”) for MECP approval. Currently, the City is preparing the Risk Management Plan and following review by the Orderees, will be submitting the Plan to MECP. The MECP approved Plan will then be provided to the ERT for acceptance.

In summary, the City has been conducting ongoing environmental investigations, which began well before the proceedings before the ERT. The City’s primary concern has been the protection of human health, safety and the environment. The results of the investigations, as confirmed by MECP, are that the City has both properly characterized the risks, and that those risks can be properly managed through the risk management measures so as to ensure human health and safety, and the environment are protected.

Contact:

Cameron Smith

City of Belleville

Environmental Project Manager

csmith@city.belleville.on.ca

9/11 Memorial to be held at Fire Station #1


9/11 Memorial to be held at Fire Station #1

60 Bettes Street

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 8:30 AM

BELLEVILLE – The City of Belleville will be hosting a Bay of Quinte 9/11 Memorial at Fire Station #1, 60 Bettes Street (corner of Bettes and Station Streets) on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. for a Memorial Ceremony in remembrance of those lost in the September 11, 2001 attacks. The service will offer the opportunity to pause and reflect through a moment of silence, followed by the tolling of the bell at 8:46 a.m.­ - the time the first tower was struck.

“Please join us on Tuesday morning as we honour and pay tribute to those lost in the September 11, 2001 tragedy,” added Chief MacDonald. “We welcome all Emergency Services, Military and residents in the region to join us at Fire Station #1. Those attending in uniform will muster at 8:30 a.m. in the Apparatus Bay #1. The Ceremony will take place at the Flag Poles.”

There will also be an introduction of the “Remember Everyone Deployed” program participation with the 4th Canadian Rifles Association and the flying of the “RED FRIDAY” flag.

September 11, 2001

On the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001, 19 terrorists from al-Qaeda, hijacked four commercial airplanes, deliberately crashing two of the planes into the upper floors of the North and South towers of the World Trade Center (WTC) complex and a third plane into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. The Twin Towers ultimately collapsed because of the damage sustained from the impacts and the resulting fires. After learning about the other attacks, passengers on the fourth hijacked plane, Flight 93, fought back, and the plane crashed into an empty field in western Pennsylvania about 20 minutes by air from Washington, DC. The attacks killed nearly 3,000 people from 93 nations. 2,753 people were killed in New
York, 184 people were killed at the Pentagon, including 55 military personnel, and 40 people were killed on Flight 93.

The hijacked Flight 11 crashed into floors 93 to 99 of the North Tower (1 WTC) at 8:46 a.m. The hijacked Flight 175 struck floors 77 to 85 of the South Tower (2 WTC) 17 minutes later at 9:03 a.m. When the towers were struck, between 16,400 and 18,000 people were in the WTC complex. Of those, the vast majority evacuated safely. As they rushed out, first responders rushed in trying to save those still trapped or injured - 343 Firefighters, 60 Police Officers and eight Paramedics were among those killed.

NOTICE OF LANE REDUCTION: BRIDGE STREET (LOWER) BRIDGE


NOTICE OF LANE REDUCTION: BRIDGE STREET (LOWER) BRIDGE THE BRIDGE STREET (LOWER) BRIDGE IS REDUCED TO 2 LANES

The Bridge Street (Lower) Bridge is a 1930’s concrete bowstring arch structure and was rehabilitated in 2013. Despite the rehabilitation work recently completed, concrete spalling has occurred.

Following a recent field review and analysis of the concrete spalling, traffic over the bridge is being reduced to one lane in each direction.

Effective immediately, the Bridge Street (Lower) Bridge is reduced from four lanes to two lanes of traffic until further notice.

Bridge Street West Cycling – Phase 1 Now Open


The City of Belleville held a ribbon cutting on August 1, 2018 to celebrate the completion of the new Active Transportation Path constructed on Bridge Street West from Yeomans Street to Centennial Park. This Phase 1 section of the Bridge Street West Cycling Route included the installation of new traffic signals at the Bridge Street West / Palmer Road intersection and connects to the Yeomans Street bike lanes in the east and the existing trail through Centennial Park in the west.

This project was partially funded by the Government of Ontario through Climate Action Plan funding through the Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program. Its purpose is to support greenhouse gas reduction by supporting an increase in commuter cycling.

The remaining phases of the Bridge Street West Cycling Facilities will create a designated cycling route from downtown Belleville to Loyalist College. The overall project is a four kilometre route and is budgeted at $2,800,000.

“This paved pathway is to accommodate both pedestrians and cyclists," says Mayor Christopher, "and connects to the City cycling network we’ve been building. The path provides a critical east/west cycling link. We are pleased to see another segment of our cycling route completed, providing residents, workers and visitors a viable travel option.”

“Cycling is a fun, healthy way for us to get from place to place,” added the Honourable Todd Smith, Minister of Government and Consumer Services and Government House Leader. “With this new cycling route in our beautiful City of Belleville it is now safer to do so. This cycling route is supporting the increase of commuter cycling which is a good way to attract people to the City and experience all it has to offer. Congratulations on finishing this project.”

Quinte Humane Society Receives Ongoing Support from City of Belleville


BELLEVILLE – Further to recent erroneous information that has appeared in local media, the City of Belleville would like to clarify the long-standing and supportive relationship it has with the Quinte Humane Society (QHS). Currently, through a City by-law that extends from 2017 – 2020, the City makes monthly payments to QHS which in 2018 alone will total $42,700. This agreement extended/replaced agreements that covered 2009 to 2016.

Those interested in obtaining accurate, up-to-date information regarding City funding commitments are encouraged to contact the Finance Department at City Hall.

 

For more information:

Marilyn Warren        
Communications Coordinator 
City of Belleville         
mwarren@city.belleville.on.ca

Notice of Closure: Catharine Street Pedestrian Bridge


Due to the deteriorated condition of the structure it has become necessary to close this bridge in the interest of public safety.

Pedestrians are now being asked to use the Bridge Street Bridge or the Front Street Bridge to cross the Moira River.

This closure will remain in effect until the Catharine Street Pedestrian Bridge is replaced with a new bridge which is expected to commence in 2019.

Your understanding and co-operation is greatly appreciated.


Related Downloads

Notice of Bridge Closure (PDF) (click to download)

Relief from the Heat in Public Facilities


BELLEVILLE – The City of Belleville encourages those needing relief from the heat to access public facilities within the City as cooling centres. The Belleville Public Library and the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre are two of these options. During the extremely high temperatures being forecast, please stay in contact with friends and family, in particular seniors living on their own, to ensure they are not in need of assistance.

 

The Belleville Public Library on Pinnacle Street in the downtown core is open:

 

Monday-Thursday 9:30AM – 8:00PM

Friday 9:30AM – 5:00PM

Saturday 9:30AM – 5:30PM

Sunday 1:00PM – 5:00PM

 

This weekend the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre on Cannifton Road is open:

 

Friday, June 29 – 5:30AM – 11:00PM

Saturday, June 30 – 6:00AM - 11:00PM

Sunday, July 1 – Closed

Monday, July 2 – 5:30AM– 11:00PM

Some other options to ease the heat are the Splash Pads which are free of charge and located at Riverside, Parkdale and Kinsmen Parks. The outdoor Kinsmen Community Pool on Dundas Street East opens June 29, 2018. Admission is $3.00 per person or purchase your multipacks - 10 for $25.00 (two and under free). The hours of operation for the Splash Pads and Pool are available at: http://belleville.ca/recreation/page/pools-and-splash-pads.

Please remember to avoid extended periods of time in direct sunlight, drink plenty of water and check in on friends and neighbours to make sure all is well.

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Contact:

Marilyn Warren, Communications Coordinator

Tel: 613-967-3200, ext. 3263

Email:     mwarren@city.belleville.on.ca

City of Belleville Approves Merger of Veridian Corporation and Whitby Hydro Energy Corporation


BELLEVILLE – The City of Belleville Council voted in favour of a merger between Veridian Corporation (“Veridian”) and Whitby Hydro Energy Corporation (“Whitby Hydro”) during a meeting last night.  The City of Belleville is one of five municipal shareholders who need to approve the merger so that it can move forward through the regulatory process.

Council’s decision follows a comprehensive merger analysis process with advice from multiple industry experts, including third-party peer reviews and valuations completed on behalf of municipal shareholders. The new combined company will continue to be 100 per cent municipally-owned and The City of Belleville will have nine per cent ownership interest in the merged company.

“City Council is happy to announce our support for the Veridian-Whitby Hydro merger as we believe it will benefit our residents and businesses for years to come,” says Mayor Taso Christopher. “Our municipality expects to receive higher annual dividends that can be reinvested into our existing Dr. Recruitment program or other programs as determined by Council.”

Customers will benefit from the greater rate stability a merger offers, along with protection from potential future rate increases. Increases to distribution rates are expected to be, on average, approximately 3.8% less than they otherwise would have been under Veridian and Whitby Hydro alone. Customers can also expect access to greater resources during major outage events, around the clock control room capabilities across the entire service area, and better overall customer experience as the merged company leverages the best practices of both utilities.

The merger offers shareholders stronger, more sustainable cash flow in interest and dividends and is expected to produce about $90 million in savings over the next 17 years. Municipal shareholders will receive increased dividends, which will offset tax increases and can be reinvested in local communities.

“We are pleased the City of Belleville shares our belief that a merger between Veridian and Whitby Hydro will be a win-win for our customers and shareholders. Combining our utilities is our best opportunity to mitigate against future rate increases as it allows us to achieve greater economies of scale, find efficiencies, and develop our competitive strengths,” said Adrian Foster, Chair of Veridian’s Board of Directors.

Veridian and Whitby Hydro entered into a Memorandum of Understanding related to the merger on July 17, 2017 and their respective Boards of Directors approved the transaction and recommended it to their respective shareholders in January 2018. Pending approval by all municipal shareholders and execution of the merger participation agreement, an application will be submitted to the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) for regulatory approval. The OEB process reviews many aspects of the merger, including a “No Harm Test”, that ensures the proposed merger does not have an adverse effect on ratepayers.  The merger would take place following OEB approval, assuming normal legal conditions set out in the agreement have been met.

 

“This is an exciting opportunity. The energy market is changing, and we must grow and innovate for long-term sustainability and to deliver greater value to our customers and shareholders. Together, our combined company will be better positioned to meet the changing needs of our customers while continuing to offer the reliability and services expected from both of our utilities,” said Patrick McNeil, Chair of Whitby Hydro’s Board of Directors.

Veridian and Whitby Hydro collectively employ about 300 people throughout the region. Approximately 35 positions are expected to be eliminated over time, primarily through normal attrition and retirement, and there will be new business opportunities created within the new organization. Additionally, both head office locations are expected to be retained for the foreseeable future, continuing presence and local jobs across the service area, and all shareholders will continue to hold a seat on the new company’s Board of Directors.

The new, yet-unnamed, combined energy company would service more than 162,000 residential and business customers and be the fourth largest municipally-owned electric utility in Ontario. More information on the proposed merger is available online at: http://learnmore.veridian.on.ca/ and http://learnmore.whitbyhydro.on.ca.

 

 

About The City of Belleville

The City of Belleville, located in Eastern Ontario, is a progressive community of more than 50,000 people but is the centre of the Bay of Quinte Region which has a population of more than 200,000.  With its economy securely rooted in industry, Belleville has become the premiere destination for those looking to enjoy big city amenities with small town charm.  Please visit: BELLEVILLE.CA

About Veridian Corporation

Veridian Corporation owns and operates Veridian Connections, a subsidiary company that distributes electricity, generates power and provides energy services to more than 121,000 customers. The City of Pickering, the Town of Ajax, the Municipality of Clarington and the City of Belleville jointly own Veridian Corporation. Please visit: http://learnmore.veridian.on.ca/

About Whitby Hydro Energy Corporation

Whitby Hydro Energy Corporation is a holding company owned by The Town of Whitby. Contained within are two separate and distinct subsidiaries - Whitby Hydro Electric Corporation and Whitby Hydro Energy Services. Whitby Hydro Electric Corporation is an electricity distributor licensed by the Ontario Energy Board to deliver electricity to homes and businesses in our service area of the Whitby, Brooklin and Ashburn communities. Whitby Hydro serves more than 41,500 customers. Please visit: http://learnmore.whitbyhydro.on.ca/

 

 

 

City of Belleville

Rick Kester

CAO

Via Marilyn Warren

Communications Coordinator

613-967-3200, ext. 3263

Veridian                             

Michael Angemeer

President and CEO                         

Via Chris Mace

905-427-9870, ext. 2218

Whitby Hydro

John Sanderson

President and CEO

Via Mike Chase

905-668-5878, ext. 235

 

TransCanada Announces Weekend Work


TransCanada will be installing a cathodic protection system within its existing Right-of-Way from Farnham Road to the Moira River. The contractor will be on site this weekend and every other weekend until the project is complete.

Door knocks to inform the adjacent landowners of the activity have been conducted and they have been provided with a fact sheet detailing the project.

The contractor will limit the use of heavy equipment on weekends to minimize noise and disturbance and are conscious of the fact that it is a weekend.

2018 Mayor’s Ride With Prince Charles Public School


Mayor Christopher went back to school again this year for the annual Mayor’s Ride, an initiative to encourage local students to ride their bikes. Taking place during the Bay of Quinte Bike Month these rides have been demonstrating local cycling infrastructure including many new bike lanes around Belleville. For years Council members, students and others have been experiencing biking through Belleville alongside the Mayor as part of these rides.

For the second year in a row the Mayor’s Ride has been a student and school partnered event. This morning Mayor Christopher led the staff and students of Prince Charles Public School on a 1.4km ride to morning class. With assistance from Belleville Police Services and the City’s Green Task Force, riders used nearby trails and bike lanes to make their morning commute a little more active.

“Starting with a ride to school we want to help young people choose cycling as a safe way to get around their town,” declared Mayor Christopher. “These rides are about education and encouragement for our future commuters.” Events like these across many communities have been followed by significantly more students riding their bikes to school. Locally the Mayor’s Ride continues to establish positive relationships with healthy, active school communities.

Green Task Force representative Jennifer McTavish also continues her involvement with the Mayor’s Ride. “On behalf of the Green Task Force, and the YMCA of Central East Ontario, I am proud to help with this terrific active transportation event in our city.” She adds, “Our Annual Mayor's Ride promotes safe cycling to students and families but also reflects a commitment to improve our community health.”

Prince Charles Belleville organizer Jake Wallwork thanks the many community partners who have come together to support the ride. “We have been lucky enough to form some amazing community partnerships with local organizations and businesses. The Ride with the Mayor event has been an amazing culmination of these.” He went on to recognize the donations from “tons of local organizations including Shoeless Joe's, The Belleville Senators, Belleville Police and The Children's Safety Village. PCB is incredibly fortunate to have such amazing community support!”

“To achieve our school improvement goals for student well-being, our school has been learning about the importance of physical fitness as part of a healthy lifestyle,” added Principal, Stephanie Taylor-Harvey. “We’ve been creating opportunities for our students to get moving on a daily basis and supporting healthy choices for nutrition as well. We’ve been very fortunate to have the support of numerous community partners in our efforts. The City of Belleville’s ‘Ride with the Mayor’ is a stellar example of how our wonderful community works together to support the health and well-being of our students and their families. Biking to school using Belleville’s new bike lanes creates a safe and active way for our students to travel to and from school. With Mayor Christopher and the City of Belleville’s help, we hope to promote cycling to school as a healthy choice for our students that boosts activity levels and increases well-being.”

Bay of Quinte Bike Month continues throughout June with several events meant to get kids, adults and everyone in between out on their bikes. For a full list of bike month events, check out, http://hpepublichealth.ca/healthy-living/share-road.

Deadline Extended for Grant Committee Social Infrastructure Funding Applications


The City of Belleville Council has extended the deadline for the Social Infrastructure Funding Applications until 4:30PM on July 16, 2018. The funding is for non-profit organizations that primarily provide services to individuals who are experiencing adverse social impacts due to the economy, housing, physical, family, cultural, social exclusion, disabled, and ethnic/ racial/ religious factors. The maximum grant is $10,000 and the funds must be spent within one year.

The funding applications are available here

 

Any questions can be directed to:
Marilyn Warren
Communications Coordinator
City of Belleville
mwarren@city.belleville.on.ca

City Debuts Signature ‘Belleville’ Sign


BELLEVILLE – Belleville City Council and the Lighting Display Committee are pleased to announce the City’s new signature BELLEVILLE sign will make its community debut this Saturday, June 9th at West Zwick’s Park. The timing of the sign’s completion and arrival is ideal, aligning with the beginning of the summer event season.

The impressive eight foot high by 40 foot long sign is permanently mounted on a trailer and will be transported throughout the City as a visual signature at community events. Constructed with extremely durable materials for year-round outdoor use, the sign features programmable LED lights with the versatility to be changed to display 14 different patterns, each activated to compliment the season or event in progress.

The ‘I’ in the sign is removable so residents and visitors can step on to the trailer and become a part of the sign as the ‘I’ in BELLEVILLE. It’s a fun photo opportunity that carries the memories and image of Belleville well beyond our region as guests and tourists leave our City. The sign is fully accessible with both stairs and a ramp - everyone can be a part of a signature BELLEVILLE photo opportunity.

Mayor Christopher states, “This new BELLEVILLE sign will become a significant feature at events throughout the City and will form an important part of the memories made in our community by residents and visitors.”

“I’m so pleased this fully accessible and customizable sign is ready in time for the 2018 event season,” added Councillor Garnet Thompson, Chair of the Lighting Display Committee. “The portability of the sign will ensure it is seen and enjoyed by everyone throughout the City.”

The sign was unveiled at the waterfront on Friday evening and residents are encouraged to be a part of the BELLEVILLE sign’s community debut at the Pride Party in the Park in West Zwicks on Saturday, June 9th, 2018.

 

For more information:

 

Marilyn Warren                                                                       Karen Poste

Communications Coordinator                                            Manager, Economic & Strategic Initiatives

City of Belleville                                                                     City of Belleville

613-967-3200, ext. 3263                                                     613-967-3273

The Quinte Business Achievement Awards


The Quinte Business Achievement Awards (QBAA) are presented annually as a celebration of business excellence across the Bay of Quinte region. These awards recognize outstanding businesses, not-for-profit organizations and business leaders in areas such as entrepreneurship, business growth, company practices, product innovations, customer service, stewardship, marketing success and community service.

The Quinte Business Achievement Awards is a completely independent program, open to any business, entrepreneur and not-for-profit organization based in Quinte West, Belleville, Brighton, or Prince Edward County.

It is widely recognized that local businesses make a significant contribution to our community. Now is your chance to show your appreciation by nominating them for a Quinte Business Achievement Award.

Visit: https://www.qbaa.ca/

Belleville Shorelines Shuttle Celebrates Summer Launch


Partnering businesses joined City staff and members of Council this morning to celebrate the launch of the Shorelines Shuttle Tour by hopping on for the first ride of the season. This premium shuttle services Belleville’s beautiful waterfront, parks and other key areas of interest in the City, specifically addressing the needs of visitors to the area.

The tour is one hour in duration and targets visitors looking to explore the City and residents wanting to access the waterfront. The route is 24 km in length and takes 50 minutes to complete a full round trip with stops along the way. The shuttle operates seven days a week from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. from June 1 until September 2.

“Offering a tour for visitors to the community and providing better access to our waterfront is a natural enhancement to the transit services we currently provide,” says Paul Buck, Manager of Transit

Operations. “We are very thankful to our partners that saw this as an opportunity to add value to the visitor experience in Belleville.”

In addition to funds allocated through the City’s operating budget this service is proudly supported by Shorelines Casino Belleville, Belleville Downtown Improvement Area, Bay of Quinte Tourism, Quinte

Accommodations & Attractions Partnership, Paulo’s Italian Trattoria, Dinkel’s Restaurant and Courtyard, The Boathouse Restaurant, The Pier and Donini Chocolate. Partnering businesses and City facilities have been provided with historically-themed tickets to issue to customers to ride. A fee of $2.50 per person to ride the service is applicable for passengers that board without a themed ticket.

“The Shorelines Shuttle is the perfect mode of transportation for visitors looking to experience the best of Belleville,” says Nancy Shaw, Marketing and Product Development Manager for Shorelines Casino

Belleville. “We are thrilled to be a partner of this service and welcome new visitors to the Casino for the best in entertainment!”

The Shorelines Shuttle Tour will begin and end at the Pinnacle Street Bus Terminal across from City Hall and includes stops at area destinations encompassing all waterfront and city parks located along the route, Glanmore National Historical Site, Corby Rose Garden, Shorelines Casino, Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre, participating hotels located along the route, and Front Street for shops, restaurants, galleries and entertainment. Details including a tour map are available at Belleville.ca/shorelines-shuttle

For more information please contact:

Elisha Purchase

Development & Tourism Assistant Economic & Strategic Initiatives

613-967-3221

CN Annual Vegetation Management Program


CN  is  required  to  clear  its  rights-of-way  from  any  vegetation  that  may  pose 
a  safety  hazard.  Vegetation  on  railway  right-of-way,  if  left  uncontrolled, 
can  contribute  to  trackside  fires  and  impair  proper  inspection  of  track 
infrastructure.  As  such,  for  safe  railway  operations,  the  annual  vegetation 
control program will be carried out on CN rail lines in the province of Ontario.

A certified applicator will be applying herbicides on and around the railway
tracks (mainly the graveled area (the ballast)). All product requirements for
setbacks  in  the  vicinity  of  dwellings,  aquatic  environments  and  municipal 
water supplies will be met. This program will take place from May 28, 2018
to August 31, 2018.


Visit www.cn.ca/vegetation to see the list of cities affected.


For  more  information,  you  may  contact  the  CN  Public  Inquiry  Line 
at 1-888-888-5909.

Bike Stations Improve Cyclists’ Experience On City Trail System


BELLEVILLE – The City of Belleville is pleased to announce the placement of three bike stations for cyclists along the City trails. These stations were initiated by the City’s Green Task Force and each station is equipped with common bike repair tools as well as instructions on how they can be used. A bicycle pump is also included at each location.

The station placements were determined through a community bike survey and the City Parks Department has installed them at the following three locations:

  • Jane Forrester Park by the Bayshore Trail
  • Riverside Park (Moira Street East) near the canteen and splash pad
  • Riverfront Trail by the pedestrian bridge on Station Street by Lions Park

The stations are sponsored by the City of Belleville, Cross Border Solutions Inc. and the Brake Room. The Brake Room’s phone number is on each station for cyclists to call if assistance is required.

“Sincere thanks to our generous sponsors,” said Chair of the Green Task Force, Councillor Boyce. “These stations assist our cyclists in ensuring a safe experience as we grow our bike network in Belleville for everyone's enjoyment. We will continue to think of innovative ways for cycling safety.”

 

 

For more information:

 

Marilyn Warren                                                                                  

Communications Coordinator

City of Belleville                                                                                                                                                  

mwarren@city.belleville.on.ca                                                        

Eligible Electors Encouraged To Verify Information Accuracy


BELLEVILLE – Ontario’s municipal and school board elections take place on October 22, 2018. The City of Belleville encourages eligible electors in the City to access voterlookup.ca to verify their information is up-to-date and accurate.

By logging into voterlookup.ca, eligible electors can:

  • confirm or update their electoral information
  • add an elector name to an address
  • change school support

 

Voterlookup.ca is owned and managed by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC), which is responsible for identifying all potential municipal and school board electors. MPAC then provides this information to municipal clerks in support of local election events.

 

For more information:

Matthew MacDonald                                                                                          

Director of Corporate Services/Clerk                                                             

City of Belleville                                                                                  

613-967-3256                                                                                     

Glanmore Celebrates International Museum Day with Open House and Launch of Online Database


Belleville, ON- May 17, 2018 - The City of Belleville’s Glanmore National Historic Site is celebrating International Museum Day, Friday, May 18, with an open house to launch the museum’s Online Artifact Database.

The museum is enhancing services to the public with the development of a new searchable database featuring the museum’s artifact collections.  The database can now be accessed through the museum website at http://glanmore.ca/collection/.

The launch of Glanmore’s database during the National Historic Site’s Museum Day Open House fits nicely with this year’s theme of “Hyper –Connected Museums: New Approaches, New Publics.”

Curator Rona Rustige says “This is something we have wanted for a long time.” The online database is very timely as Glanmore is working to develop a strategic plan which will identify ways to reach more audiences and help shape the future of the museum.

During the initial launch phase, only a few hundred records from the Couldery Collection will be available. However, Rustige notes that “more records will be added regularly.”

Free admission to Glanmore will be offered as part of the International Museum Day Open House, May 18, 2018 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Staff will be on hand to demonstrate the database to visitors. Call 613-962-2329 or visit www.glanmore.ca for more information.

Ontario Ministry of Transportation Travel Information Service


Ontario Ministry of Transportation Travel Information Service

Planning your trip in and around Belleville is now even easier with an improved travel information service provided by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.

Ontario 511 is a bilingual, digital information service that is offered to the public via three channels:

  1. Online at ontario.ca/511
  2. Twitter – main accounts @511Ontario (English) and @Ontario511 (French) plus regional accounts
  3. Telephone – dial 5-1-1

Giving travellers accurate and timely weather and trip information helps people get where they need to be, helps manage congestion and keeps Ontario’s roads safe.

Ontario 511 is ideal for Belleville residents looking for information before their trips begin on provincial highways in the area.

New features of the more user friendly site include route planning, personalized alerts and the ability to save and check any of the 450 cameras on Ontario highways. The site also features information such as weather, winter road conditions and construction info – all directly provided by your Ministry of Transportation to you.

FACTS ABOUT ONTARIO 511

  • The Ontario 511 website is one of the government’s most popular websites receiving approximately 12 million hits annually; Ontario 511 twitter accounts have more than 60,000 followers; and last year the Ontario 511 phone channel received approximately 250,000 calls.
  • Current Ontario 511 users include commuters, commercial drivers and tourists.

City of Belleville Transit Garage Expansion Begins


BELLEVILLE – It is with great pleasure The City of Belleville Transit Department announces the Transit Garage Expansion Construction Project at 400 Coleman Street  is now underway. 
Mayor Christopher, members of Council, City staff and employees of Gay Company Limited celebrated the start of the project with a ground breaking ceremony on Monday, April 30, 2018.
“The project will permit the indoor parking of all current and future purchases of Transit vehicles for the next 15 years,” says Paul Buck, Manager, Transit Operations. “As the ridership in Belleville continues to increase, our service will need to grow and new equipment will be required to support that growth. This addition will assist in our future service demands and allow us to meet our customers’ needs.”
The project is expected to be complete in August 2018.
For further details regarding City of Belleville Transit Services visit BELLEVILLE.CA and follow Transit on Twitter at @BusBelleville.
 

For more information:
Paul Buck     
Manager, Transit Operations   
City of Belleville      
pbuck@city.belleville.on.ca

City Of Belleville Parking Equipment & Policy Updates


The City of Belleville has introduced Parking Equipment and Policy updates to provide residents with improved parking options. The modernization of Downtown Pay and Display parking machines in City-owned parking lots continues as all units have been upgraded to allow for credit card use except those in the Wilton Lot. This lot will be upgraded when Phase 3B of the Downtown Revitalization project is completed.


Overnight parking is now available in the central portion of the Downtown Riverside parking lot where signed. This allows for overnight parking in two of the City’s Downtown lots, the other being a portion of the Riggs Lot on Pinnacle Street.


Council also approved a set fines increase relating to parking infractions throughout the City which was implemented on April 2, 2018.


Also recently passed by Council was an amendment to the City’s Traffic Bylaw containing comprehensive on-street parking restrictions in the vicinity of Belleville General Hospital.  All abutting property owners received a notice of the proposed changes in the fall of 2017. When the appropriate signage has been installed, area residents and visitors to Belleville General Hospital will be asked to adhere to the restrictions to avoid being ticketed.


“These updates have been determined by Council after considerable deliberation  and discussion with residents,” said Director of Corporate Services/Clerk Matt MacDonald.For further details regarding City of Belleville parking visit: BELLEVILLE.CA.
 

For more information:

Matthew MacDonald    
Director of Corporate Services/Clerk   
City of Belleville     
613-967-3256     

Kevin Murphy;
Parking Service Coordinator;
City of Belleville;
613-967-3232

Grant Committee Social Infrastructure Funding Application is now available


Grant Committee Social Infrastructure Funding Application is now available.

Applications open until May 29, 2018

Please return completed Grant Committee Social Infrastructure Funding form to:
City of Belleville Grant Committee
169 Front Street
Belleville, Ontario
K8N 2Y8
Grantcommittee@city.belleville.on.ca

Notice of Nomination Period - Municipal Elections


TAKE NOTICE THAT Nomination Forms may be filed with the City Clerk’s Office located at 169 Front Street, 1st Floor, Belleville, during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.) between May 1, 2018 and July 26, 2018 and on Nomination Day, Friday, July 27, 2018 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. for candidates for the following offices:

  • MAYOR
    1 to be elected at large
  • COUNCILLOR
    6 to be elected from Ward 1 (Belleville Ward)
    2 to be elected from Ward 2 (Thurlow Ward)

AND TAKE NOTICE THAT Nomination Forms may be filed with the designated City Clerk's Office during regular business hours between May 1, 2018 and July 26, 2018 and on Nomination Day, Friday July 27, 2018 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. for the following offices:

  • TRUSTEE - HASTINGS AND PRINCE EDWARD DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD
    (nominations to be filed with the Clerk of the City of Belleville)
    2 TRUSTEES TO BE ELECTED at large from the City of Belleville
  • TRUSTEE - ALGONQUIN AND LAKESHORE CATHOLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD
    (nominations to be filed with the Clerk of the City of Belleville)
    2 TRUSTEES TO BE ELECTED for the area comprised of the City of Belleville, Township of Tyendinaga and the Town of Deseronto
  • TRUSTEE - LE CONSEIL DES ECOLES PUBLIQUES DE L’EST DE L’ONTARIO
    (nominations to be filed with the Clerk of the City of Kingston)
    1 TRUSTEE TO BE ELECTED at large for Geographic Region 2 which is composed of all municipalities in the Counties of Leeds and Grenville, Frontenac, Hastings, Prince Edward, and Lennox and Addington
  • TRUSTEE - LE CONSEIL DES ECOLES CATHOLIQUES DE LANGUE FRANCAISE DU CENTRE-EST
    (nominations to be filed with the Clerk of the City of Kingston)
    1 TRUSTEE TO BE ELECTED at large for Sector 1 which is comprised of all the municipalities in the Counties of Hastings, Prince Edward, Lennox and Addington and Frontenac

AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE THAT nominations for all offices shall be made on the prescribed form, accompanied by endorsement of 25 voters supporting the nomination on the prescribed form, valid Government issued photo identification (Ontario driver’s licence, passport, Ontario health card, Canadian Citizenship card) and shall be accompanied by the prescribed nomination filing fee of $200.00 for the office of Mayor and $100.00 for all other offices (cash, certified cheque or money order) and any other documentation required by the designated Clerk. The nomination form must be signed by the candidate and must be filed in person or by an agent.

Matt MacDonald
City Clerk/Returning Officer

 

City of Belleville Election Office
169 Front Street
Belleville, ON, K8N 2Y8
613.968.6481
www.belleville.ca/elections
Use Your Vote – It Counts

Belleville Transit Announces Improved Route Coverage To Serve Riders Better


 Belleville Transit is pleased to announce a series of improvements to the City’s route network. The changes being made have been carefully analyzed and determined through rider feedback and route user data. The new modifications will address rider demand throughout the Belleville community. With the continuing ridership increases being experienced at Belleville Transit, changes are being made to expand transit coverage to get passengers where they want to go and ensure on-time delivery of service. 

Beginning Monday, May 7, 2018 the following Transit service changes will be implemented to serve riders better:

ROUTE 4               NEW STOPS  Route 4 will extend service along Bell Blvd. to the Shorelines Casino.  New stops will also include Bell Blvd. at Davy Crt., east and west bound and Bell Blvd. at Hanna Crt., east and west bound.

 

ROUTE 4               NEW SCHEDULE  Route 4 is changing to a 40 minute schedule to accommodate the new stops.

 

ROUTE 5               NEW SCHEDULE  Return of Sunday Service.

 

ROUTE  6              NEW SCHEDULE  Route 6 will move to a midday 40 minute service to ensure an on-time service schedule.

 

ROUTE  8              NEW SCHEDULE  Route 8 will move to a midday 40 minute service to ensure an on-time service schedule.

 

ROUTE 11            NEW STOPS  Route 11 will make regular stops at Walmart and the Casino every trip.  The route has been changed to service Palmer Road and Bridge Street every trip.

 

“We continue to make improvements so our customers can have confidence in the service schedule,” states Paul Buck, Manager, Transit Operations. “These changes are setting the groundwork for future Transit Service improvements as Belleville ridership continues to grow.”

 

Details on these changes and additional Transit Service information is available at: https://www.belleville.ca/residents/page/transit

 

Follow Belleville Transit on Twitter: @BUSBELLEVILLE

 

For more information:

Paul Buck
Manager of Transit Operations, City of Belleville
Transportation and Operations Services
613-962-4344, ext. 3556                                                                                                       

Groundbreaking for Cannifton Area Project


BELLEVILLE – A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Mineral Road in Belleville this morning to officially mark the start of construction on the Mineral Road and Maitland Drive Reconstruction and Servicing Extension Project. 

This Build Belleville project will be completed over two construction seasons – 2018 and 2019, with a winter break in between.  Work on the project includes the following:

  • Installation of a new watermain and sanitary sewer.
  • Installation of a new storm sewer.
  • Installation of new sidewalks, street lighting and landscaping.
  • Replacement of the existing concrete box culvert (drain) on Maitland Drive.
  • Reconstruction of Maitland Drive between Highway 62 and Farnham Road, including widening for a two-way shared center left turn lane.
  • Reconstruction of Mineral Road including new concrete curb and gutter and new asphalt paving.

Also included with this project is the construction of the City’s first roundabout at the Maitland Drive and Farnham Road intersection.

“This project will extend municipal services to support the continued development of the Cannifton Secondary Plan Area,” said Rod Bovay, Director of Engineering and Development Services. “This will accommodate a significant portion of the City’s future residential, commercial and industrial development.”

The contract for construction of this project was awarded on March 26, 2018 to K. Mulrooney Trucking Ltd. in the amount of $11,492,192. The total budget for this project is $12,025,000.

More details on this and other Capital Projects can be found on the City of Belleville website at Belleville.ca/projects.


For more information:
Dana Barnett, Capital Projects Coordinator
Tel: 613-967-3200, ext. 3336
Email: dbarnett@city.belleville.on.ca
Web:  belleville.ca/projects

Residents Warned to Exercise Caution Along Waterways


BELLEVILLE – As a result of the substantial amount of rain, freezing rain and melting snow in the Quinte Watershed over the past few days, the City of Belleville continues to monitor water levels in the Moira River.  If required, action will be taken to minimize disruption and damage caused by elevated water levels in streams and rivers. Although residents along rivers and lakes are seeing an increase in water levels, flooding on major waterways is not anticipated.


Please exercise extreme caution. River banks and shorelines are very dangerous at this time of year. Culverts, bridges, and dams should be avoided due to the increase in water levels. The snow and frozen ground in the northern region continue to feed the Moira River as temperatures rise.


“Understandably, for safety reasons, residents are asked to avoid these areas until the water levels recede,” says Director of Emergency Services/Fire Chief Mark MacDonald. “Strong currents and cold water temperatures are dangerous partners and would quickly immobilize anyone falling in the water. This is a time to enjoy your view of the water from a safe distance. We are monitoring conditions and citizens can register their concerns through Belleville Fire Dispatch at 613-962-2010.”
Water level updates are available on the Quinte Conservation website: quinteconservation.ca.
 

Marilyn Warren
Communications Coordinator
City of Belleville
mwarren@city.belleville.on.ca

City Pays Tribute to Humboldt Broncos Community


The entrance to City Hall was filled with a group of City staff members, Mayor, Council and residents, wanting to show their support for the Humboldt Broncos community at this tragic time. Mayor Christopher expressed deep sadness and the importance of family and community. A moment of silence was held.

Belleville Emergency Managers invite the public to an Open House – May 9th


BELLEVILLE – The City of Belleville is hosting an Emergency Management Open House May 9th at the Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre.

The Open House will bring emergency professionals and community agencies together to educate and review the supports available to our community in the event of an emergency.

“We can’t predict when a disaster or emergency will strike, but we can be prepared for one,” states Fire Chief Mark MacDonald, Community Emergency Management Coordinator. “Having lived through disasters in the past, I’m passionate about ensuring residents are prepared when disaster strikes.  I encourage the public to take time to plan and prepare for an emergency in advance and have your 72 hour kit ready.”

The event is free and open to the public from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Partners showcased at the event will include:

Belleville Fire                                                                                  Office of the Fire Marshal and

Hastings County                                                                             Emergency Management

Canadian Red Cross                                                                      CriSys – Xpert Disaster Management

Salvation Army                                                                                Quinte Humane Society

Canadian Mental Health Association                                         211 Ontario – Volunteer & Information Quinte

Quinte Conservation                                                                      SE LHIN – Home and Community Care                                  

Critical Incident Stress Mgmt – John Robertson                    Veridian             

Belleville Police                                                                                Ontario Mounted Special Service Unit

Community Safety and Well Being Committee                                

 

 

For more information:

Marilyn Warren, Communications Coordinator

Tel:         (613) 968-6481, ext. 3263

Cell:       (613) 922-1244

Email:    mwarren@city.belleville.on.ca

Quinte Trash Bash is April 21, 2017


Tyendinaga, Prince Edward County, Quinte West, Belleville Saturday April 21st, 2017 – The Quinte Trash Bash is an annual community cleanup, now in its eighteenth year. The event is jointly organized by the City of Belleville, City of Quinte West, Tyendinaga Township and Prince Edward County.

“We have beautiful parks and roadsides in Prince Edward County that, unfortunately, are littered with garbage and waste. I am proud that our community members are doing something about it by participating in Quinte Trash Bash,” says Robert Quaiff, Mayor, County of Prince Edward.  “There was a great response last year when Prince Edward County rejoined Quinte Trash Bash, and I encourage even more people and local businesses to get involved this year on April 21.”

Last year, over 1600 volunteers took part filling nine large dumpsters and twenty-four recycling carts with materials collected from roadsides, parks and ditches. With a fourth community now on board, organizers are hoping for a record turnout.

“Trash Bash is a great opportunity for our Community to work together to help keep our Township beautiful,” says Reeve Rick Phillips of the Township of Tyendinaga. “I hope that everyone who can will come and join us in this very important event.”

Mayor Jim Harrison of the City of Quinte West agrees. “The Annual Quinte Trash Bash is a great project and promotes a cleaner environment. We encourage residents and businesses to come out and get involved by putting a team together to pick up litter in our community.”

“After a long winter, I encourage our residents to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather and participate in any manner possible to clean up our beautiful City”, adds Mayor Christopher of the City of Belleville. “A little bit goes a long way and we appreciate the efforts of everyone who participates.”

How to Take Part:

Decide where you want to pick up litter and either register online at quintetrashbash.ca or with your City Rep listed below. Supply stations and litter drop-off locations are listed for each community on quintetrashbash.ca.

On April 21, clean up your chosen site and drop off trash at designated Trash Bash drop-off locations. Residents can also pick up supplies before the event at their City or Town Hall. Supplies, including garbage bags, recycling bags and gloves, were generously donated by Acklands Grainger, Rona Trenton and Hastings Prince Edward Public Health.

From April 16-20, workplaces, service groups and non-profits can compete in the Group Challenge and be recognized for their community spirit. For schools wanting to get in on the fun, the School Challenge is being hosted again this year and high school students can use the Bash for community volunteer hours. Visit quintetrashbash.ca to register your team.

Help keep Quinte clean by doing your part. Pick it up, put it away and keep it that way!

City Representatives:

Quinte West
Jeff Shortt, C.E.T. Engineering Technician
Phone: 613-392-2841 ext. 4484
Email: jeffs@quintewest.ca

City of Belleville
Taylor Dall, Green Programs Coordinator/Public Education Officer
Phone: 613-967-3200 ext. 3219
Email: tdall@city.belleville.on.ca

Township of Tyendinaga
Raeanne McGuinness, Recreation Programmer
Phone: 613-396-1944
Email: recreation@tyendinagatownship.com

Prince Edward County
Tanya Delaney, Outdoor Facilities Supervisor
Phone: 613-476-2148 ext. 4004 
tdelaney@pecounty.on.ca

If you would like a copy of the promotional poster, please email Taylor Dall at tdall@city.belleville.on.ca.

Canada and Ontario make new funding available for transformative infrastructure projects in Bay of Q


Canada and Ontario make new funding available for transformative infrastructure projects in Bay of Quinte
Funding of over $16 million available in federal and provincial funding for local public transit projects

Belleville, ON, March 16, 2018—The governments of Canada and Ontario are working together to make long-term infrastructure investments to create economic growth, build inclusive communities and support a low carbon, green economy–leading to a higher quality of life for all Canadians.

On March 14, 2018, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure, announced the signing of a bilateral agreement that will provide more than $11.8 billion over the next decade in federal funding dedicated to infrastructure projects under the Investing in Canada plan. The projects supported through this agreement will have a total value of over $31 billion, including $10 billion committed by the Ontario government. These projects will be cost-shared with the Ontario government, municipalities and other partners.

Through this agreement, the Government of Canada will be making unprecedented investments towards infrastructure across Ontario and providing the flexibility for its communities to identify their priorities and projects. These investments will help transform Canada in four priority areas: public transit; green infrastructure; community, culture and recreation infrastructure; and rural and northern community infrastructure.

Neil Ellis, MP for Bay of Quinte, and Lou Rinaldi, MPP for Northumberland-Quinte West today announced that Belleville, Quinte West and Prince Edward County will receive a combined total of more than $9,087,657 million in federal funding and $7,497,316 million in provincial funding under the public transit stream to build new urban transit networks and service extensions that will transform the way constituents live, move and work.

These investments will make a positive difference in communities, resulting in the better movement of people and goods, providing clean air and water, and enabling smarter and more efficient cities.

Quotes

“Long-term investments in infrastructure are key to building a strong Canada–connecting people, creating good jobs for the middle class, and building our economy and our communities for the future. Canadians living, working and raising families in our community will be able to enjoy increased opportunities, and a more sustainable economic future. Collaboration and partnership have been at the heart of the success of our Investing in Canada plan and we will continue to work with the province and our municipalities to make the Bay of Quinte the best it can be.”
- Neil R. Ellis, MP, Bay of Quinte


“Our government has a track record of investing in the critical public infrastructure people in Ontario need and deserve. I am pleased that Quinte West will receive approximately $672,858 in provincial public transit funding that will improve the flow of people and goods, support a booming economy, and enhance quality of life.”
- Lou Rinaldi, MPP, Northumberland-Quinte West


Bay of Quinte Transit Allocations

The Public Transit stream will provide provinces, territories and municipalities with funding to address the new construction, expansion, and improvement and rehabilitation of public transit infrastructure.

The table below provides an overview of the maximum transit allocations for municipalities in Bay of Quinte.

Federal Funding:

 

Municipality Maximum Transit Allocation
Belleville $8,200,178.07
Quinte West $815,585.71
Prince Edward County $ 71,892.65

 

Provincial Funding:

 

Municipality Maximum Transit Allocation
Belleville $ 6,765,147.00
Quinte West $ 672,858.00
Prince Edward County $ 59,311.00

 

  • Under the Investing in Canada plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
  • Under the first phase of the plan, Infrastructure Canada has approved nearly 3,500 projects worth a combined investment of more than $8.4 billion.
  • As part of the Plan, Infrastructure Canada will deliver over 11.8 billion to Ontario over the next decade through a new bilateral agreement under four funding streams:
    • $8,340,401,116 for public transit;
    • $2,848,855,330 for green infrastructure;
    • $407,159,893 for community, cultural and recreational infrastructure; and
    • $250,067,117 for wide-ranging infrastructure needs in rural and northern communities.

Associated links

Government of Canada’s $180-billion+ Investing in Canada plan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/about-invest-apropos-eng.html

Investing in Canada plan project map: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/gmap-gcarte/index-eng.html

Federal infrastructure investments in Ontario: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/on-eng.html

 

Contacts

Adrianna Christie
Neil.ellis@parl.gc.ca
613-969-3300

Phase 3B Construction in Downtown Belleville


A ribbon cutting was held in downtown Belleville this morning to officially mark the start of Phase 3B construction - the final installment of the City Centre (Downtown) Revitalization and Redevelopment Project.

Phase 3B includes work on McAnnany Street, Market Street and Front Street (from Bridge Street East to Dundas Street East). The project starts on March 5 with the closure of McAnnany Street. Work will then move to Market Street and finish up on Front Street. Construction is scheduled for completion in October 2018.

Downtown construction in 2018 will be in close proximity to City Hall, an important fact that Dana Barnett, Capital Projects Coordinator noted. “In every Phase access to local businesses has been a priority and City Hall is no exception”, said Barnett. “We want to reassure the public that during construction, City Hall will remain open & there will be no change to City services or hours of operation.” She added that access to other local businesses and parking lots in the area will also be maintained and The Farmers’ Market will operate as usual.

As with Phase 1 and 2 and Phase 3A, construction in Phase 3B involves a substantial amount of underground infrastructure replacement and upgrades including new watermains, sanitary sewers and utilities. Above ground work will include new asphalt, boulevards, and sidewalks; concrete and brick pavers; new street lights and trees; and fresh new design features. All these elements are designed to create an open, pedestrian-friendly space.

Construction activity will result in some displaced parking so the City has made available two (2) hours of free on-street parking in the area on Bridge Street East and on Pinnacle Street – south of Bridge Street East. Parking meters will be covered to indicate where the free parking is available.

 

For more information:
Dana Barnett, Capital Projects Coordinator, Tel: 613-967-3200, ext. 3336
Email: dbarnett@city.belleville.on.ca  Website: belleville.ca/projects

Amazing Weekend with Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour


The City of Belleville was proud to welcome Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour for a celebration of hockey on February 24 and 25. The weekend featured broadcast hosts Ron MacLean and Tara Slone, meet-and-greet opportunities with NHL alumni such as Andrew Raycroft and Kyle Wellwood, live local entertainment and engaging activities for the whole family. As part of the weekend festivities, musical super group, the Trans Canada Highwaymen, performed on-site and as part of the broadcast on Sunday.

The two-day hockey festival began Saturday at noon, in downtown Belleville and concluded Sunday evening following the Rogers Hometown Hockey outdoor viewing party. The evening’s broadcast kicked off with a special pre-game show hosted live on site by MacLean and Slone from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio on Sportsnet and Sportsnet NOW, followed by a showdown between the Edmonton Oilers and the Anaheim Ducks.

The energy and hockey pride our community shared in downtown Belleville was captured by the evening’s broadcast, showcasing our wonderful City.

Please visit BELLEVILLE.CA photo gallery and see just how great the weekend was.

Dave Mounsey Memorial Fund


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Dave Mounsey Memorial Fund Donates

Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

in name of the late Constable Gerald Fortis (RCMP)

The City of Belleville’s Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre will participate in a special ceremony hosted by the Dave Mounsey Memorial Fund on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre. The Ontario not for profit organization was formed in 2009 and is dedicated to the donation of life-saving defibrillators to public buildings in the name of fallen Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS and Military members who have died in the line of duty.

This year, the Dave Mounsey Memorial Fund is paying respect to Constable Gerald Fortis of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) who passed away December 25, 1997 after a line of duty automobile accident in Chilliwack, British Columbia. The Fortis family is from Belleville, Ontario and is the location where Constable Gerald Fortis is laid to rest.

Representatives from the Fortis Family, Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the City of Belleville will be on hand to take part in the small ceremony that is open to the public. Michael Fortis (brother of Gerald Fortis) will receive the donation of a plaque and AED unit on behalf of the Fortis Family. The plaque and Automated External Defibrillator will be mounted in a prominent location within the Yardmen Arena at the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre. “To date, 85 devices, two of which were used to save two lives have been donated,” said Patrick Armstrong of the Dave Mounsey Memorial Fund.

“On behalf of our entire family, we are honoured that the Dave Mounsey Memorial Fund is making this donation on behalf of Gerry. Having it available for public use at the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre could potentially help save a life,” said Michael Fortis, brother of Gerald Fortis.

The City of Belleville is pleased to be part of this special ceremony and is equally proud to have the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre chosen as the location of the plaque and AED honouring Constable Gerald Fortis,” said Mayor Taso Christopher. “The Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre is a multi-use recreation and entertainment centre with more than 30,000 people visits each week and adding an additional AED to our existing stock is of tremendous benefit.”

To learn more about the Dave Mounsey Memorial Fund, visit: https://www.davemounsey.com/

Water Safety Statement Issued For Quinte Conservation Watershed


Mild temperatures and forecast rainfall will cause water levels to increase throughout the Moira, Napanee, and Prince Edward watersheds. The warmer temperatures could cause some localized or nuisance flooding of smaller creeks and ditches. Some low-lying land may see some ponded water. Residents should take care to monitor their sump pumps and ensure they are in good working condition during this type of weather.

Water Resources Manager Christine McClure says, “Quinte Conservation is urging members of the public to be extremely cautious around local waterways. Ice that was safe earlier may be thinner due to warming temperatures.”

McClure adds, “We are advising local residents to stay off all ice covered water bodies and to remind children about the dangers of playing on or near ice covered surfaces or fast flowing water in ditches and smaller creeks.”

Hypothermia is a major concern for anyone who is in areas where they could fall into open water.

Quinte Conservation warns the public that stream banks should be avoided in the winter. Ice and snow make footing unpredictable and frigid open water conditions are extremely dangerous. Areas around dams, culverts and bridges should be avoided at all times. While Quinte Conservation does not measure ice thickness for recreational activities, the organization provides information on watershed safety conditions.

Quinte Conservation is issuing a Water Safety Statement regarding the changing ice conditions. A Water Safety Statement indicates that high flows, unsafe banks, melting ice or other factors could be dangerous for users such as anglers, boaters, swimmers, children or pets. Flooding is not expected.

This message will be in effect until (or updated before) Friday, February 23, 2018.

Quinte Conservation is a community-based environmental protection agency. It serves 18 municipalities in the watersheds of the Moira, Napanee and Salmon Rivers and Prince Edward County. It provides cost-effective environmental expertise and leadership. Quinte Conservation’s main goal is to create a sustainable ecosystem where people and nature live in harmony. More information about Quinte Conservation is available at www.quinteconservation.ca (http://www.quinteconservation.ca) .

For more information contact:

Christine McClure,

Water Resources Manager

(613) 968-3434 ext. 130 

OR

(613) 354-3312 ext. 130

OLG and Belleville Community Contribution


BELLEVILLE – The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) and the City of Belleville celebrated the good work that is happening in the community thanks to OLG funding through the community contributions agreement.  In 2017 more than $2.7 million was provided to the City of Belleville and City Council has carefully chosen specific projects that will benefit from this funding.
At a media event held on February 13, 2018 officials from OLG, the City of Belleville and Great Canadian Gaming – Shorelines Casino, came together to celebrate the contributions.
Mayor Taso Christopher stated, “It’s a great day for Belleville and we are so pleased to announce how the OLG community contribution will help the residents and businesses in Belleville live a better life.  The projects funded by the OLG will improve the quality of life, safety, beauty and functionality of the community and we are so happy to have this opportunity.”
“Belleville continues to be a strategic location for OLG and it has provided us with a great opportunity to showcase what the gaming industry can mean to a community.  The projects identified here today are great examples of what can be accomplished when the OLG and the community work together”, added Jake Pastore, Director Municipal and Community Relations, OLG.
Belleville City Council chose to fund all or part of the following projects using some of the $2.7 million in funding from OLG:

  • New City and Hamlet Gateway Signage
  • New portable entertainment stage
  • Event Water Refill Station (Quench Buggy)
  • Shave and Pave road upgrades
  • Waterfront Trail Wi-Fi
  • New vehicle for Belleville Police Service
  • Electrical replacement for the Victoria Park Docking Systems
  • Belleville Tourism Sign

These projects total approximately $1.7 million with the remaining funds placed in reserve for future capital projects.
 

Contact:

Karen Poste
Manager, Economic & Strategic Initiatives
City of Belleville         613-967-3273

Feed the Meter Cheque Presentation


This year’s Feed the Meter campaign was a great success once again. Mayor Taso Christopher presented $13,000 collected by the campaign to Food For Learning. With the amount already collected to date, the Foundation is excited and confident they will exceed their $30,000 goal. Thanks to all those who contributed to Feed the Meter in support of Food for Learning.

L to R: Vicky Struthers,Hastings & Prince Edward Learning Foundation, Kellie Brace, Food for Learning Coordinator, Maribeth deSnoo, Executive Director Learning Foundation, Mayor Christopher, Cherie Hardie, Learning Foundation & Don Udall, Manager Vision Transportation.

Rogers Hometown Hockey Lands in Belleville on February 24 and 25


– Festival taking place in downtown Belleville –

– Former NHLer Andrew Raycroft to join the weekend festivities –

– Special live musical performance by the Trans Canada Highwaymen–

TORONTO (February 6, 2018) Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour presented by Scotiabank and Dodge is heading to Belleville, ON, for a celebration of hockey on February 24 and 25. The weekend will feature broadcast hosts Ron MacLean and Tara Slone, meet-and-greet opportunities with NHL alumni such as Andrew Raycroft, live local entertainment and engaging activities for the whole family. As part of the weekend festivities, musical supergroup, the Trans Canada Highwaymen, will perform on-site and as part of the broadcast on Sunday, February 25.

The two-day hockey festival begins on Saturday, February 24 at noon ET, in downtown Belleville, and will conclude Sunday evening following the Rogers Hometown Hockey outdoor viewing party. The evening’s broadcast kicks off with a special pre-game show hosted live on site by MacLean and Slone from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET on Sportsnet and Sportsnet NOW, followed by a showdown between the Edmonton Oilers and the Anaheim Ducks.

Rogers Hometown Hockey Festival Details:

The free hockey-themed weekend will feature games, prize giveaways, fun activities, and live local entertainment for the whole family, including:

  • Rogers Fan Hub: Helping fans be fans, the Fan Hub features innovative and interactive experiences, showcasing virtual autographs from NHL stars, a hockey-themed Zamboni video game and autograph signings with NHL alumni, such as Andrew Raycroft, to unite fans in their passion for the game. In addition, fans are treated to free hot chocolate on site.

  • GamePlus: If you are a Rogers customer you can come to the GamePlus desk in the Rogers Fan Hub and redeem exclusive experiences such as meet-and-greets with NHL alumni, autographed merchandise and tours of our Sportsnet Mobile Studio.

  • Sportsnet Augmented Reality Photo Booth: Fans have the chance to get close to their favorite players through augmented reality technology. Fans can take photos with virtual images of NHL stars, and have the photo emailed directly to their device for social sharing.

  • The Hockey Circus Show: Come see Paz, our world-renowned hockey acrobat! Paz juggles everything from pucks to flaming hockey sticks all while standing on top of a net. It is an experience that the family will never forget.

  • Scotiabank Community Locker Room: A family-friendly space to engage hockey fans, celebrate the game, and interact with NHL alumni. Scotiabank will also be donating$15,000 to minor hockey associations in the community.

  • Dodge Family Zone: Features the famous Stow ’n Go Challenge, a hockey-themed obstacle course. Also, fans have the opportunity to enter a contest to win $5,000 for their local minor hockey association and a 2018 Chrysler Pacifica for their family. All contest entrants will receive a co-branded Dodge and Rogers Hometown Hockey retro toque.

  • Tim Hortons Ball Hockey Rink presented by Sportsnet: Features pick-up games for the community, including local Timbits Hockey players.

  • Dr. Oetker Giuseppe Pizzeria: Fans can enjoy a free slice of Giuseppe Pizzeria pizza fresh out of the oven, and play the Find Giuseppe Match Game to win a rooftop experience and other great prizes.

  • Playmobil Kids Zone: Fans have the chance to face off against friends and family with the PLAYMOBIL NHL Arena and its lineup of NHL figures. In the zone, fans will also be able to enter to win a new NHL playset.

  • OK Tire Zamboni Pit Stop: Features a pit-crew-like experience where fans have the opportunity to test their tire-changing skills on a replica Zamboni.

  • Live Local Entertainment: Live music featured throughout the weekend, such as Evan MacDonald performing on Saturday.

Rogers Hometown Hockey Event and Broadcast Details

Location: Downtown Belleville, Belleville, ON, K8N 2Y8

Time:

  • Saturday, February 24 – Festival open from noon to 6 p.m. ET

  • Sunday, February 25 – Festival opens at 1 p.m. ET and runs through the end of the

Rogers Hometown Hockey outdoor viewing party

 

Broadcast:

  • Special Guests: NHL Alumni Andrew Raycroft and a special live performance by the Trans Canada Highwaymen, a musical supergroup featuring Moe Berg (The Pursuit of Happiness), Chris Murphy (Sloan), Craig Northey (Odds) and Steven Page (ex- Barenaked Ladies).

  • Game Matchup: Edmonton Oilers vs. Anaheim Ducks, 7:30 p.m. ET (Sportsnet, Sportsnet NOW, Rogers NHL LIVE)

Features:

  • Subban Family: Belleville has a big place in the hearts of the Subban family. Not only is it where P.K., Malcolm and Jordan all graduated from the Belleville Bulls to become NHL draftees, but it is where Amy McMillan billeted all three boys, giving them a familiar home away from home.

  • My Hometown Must: Tara visits the newly refurbished Yardmen Arena, home of the American Hockey League affiliate of the Ottawa Senators, the Belleville Senators, to enjoy a night of hockey with a fan base who are overjoyed to have a team back in their hometown!

 

Rogers Hometown Hockey Contest

All season long, fans can tune in to the Sunday night broadcast on Sportsnet and Sportsnet NOW for a chance to win weekly prizes through the Rogers Hometown Hockey Contest. Join the conversation by using each week’s unique hashtag to tweet @Rogers to automatically be entered for a chance to win a number of prizes, including a trip to the 2018 Stanley Cup® Playoffs. The contest runs during every Sunday broadcast through to the final Rogers Hometown Hockey of the season on Sunday, April 1 from Montreal.

Social Media Links

Official website, Rogers Hometown Hockey www.hometownhockey.com

Like Rogers Hometown Hockey www.Facebook.com/RogersHometownHockey

Follow Rogers Hometown Hockey on Twitter @HometownHockey_ @HometownHockey

@TaraSlone

About the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour presented by Scotiabank and Dodge

The Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour rolls into 24 communities across Canada this season with a weekend of free outdoor hockey festivities for all ages. The weekend culminates in an outdoor viewing party of an NHL game broadcast every Sunday on Sportsnet and Sportsnet NOW, with Ron MacLean and Tara Slone hosting live on site from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio. For more information on the tour, please visit www.hometownhockey.com.

About Sportsnet

Sportsnet is Canada’s #1 sports media brand, uniting Canadians through sport with the content they love, accessible from anywhere. Delivering world-class storytelling on a local, regional, national and global level, the multiplatform brand consists of Sportsnet, sportsnet.ca, Sportsnet 590 The FAN, Sportsnet 960 The FAN, Sportsnet 650, Sportsnet NOW, and the Sportsnet app. Sportsnet consists of four regional channels (Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific),

and the nationally-distributed Sportsnet ONE, Sportsnet 360, and Sportsnet World. Sportsnet is the official Canadian NHL national multimedia rights holder, and is also the official regional television broadcast rights holder for the Calgary Flames (including radio rights on Sportsnet 960 The FAN), Edmonton Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs (including radio rights on Sportsnet 590 The FAN) and Vancouver Canucks (including radio rights on Sportsnet 650). Sportsnet also has exclusive TV & radio coverage of all 162 Blue Jays games, as well as other MLB games, Toronto Raptors, NBA, Grand Slam of Curling, Rogers Cup, CHL, IndyCar, and extensive soccer programming including Premier League, Bundesliga, FA Cup and 2018 FIFA World Cup European Qualifiers.

About Rogers

Rogers is a leading diversified Canadian communications and media company that’s working to deliver a great experience to our customers every day. We are Canada’s largest provider of wireless communications services and one of Canada’s leading providers of cable television, high-speed Internet, information technology, and telephony services to consumers and businesses. Through Rogers Media, we are engaged in radio and television broadcasting, sports, televised and online shopping, magazines, and digital media. Our shares are publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RCI.A and RCI.B) and on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: RCI).

Belleville Fire Department Seeks Community Input Regarding Outdoor/Open Air Burning


The Belleville Fire Department is reviewing the current policy regarding outdoor/open air burning. As part of the review process, the Fire Department is seeking community input, asking residents to complete a short, on-line survey. The survey will provide public feedback to be taken in to consideration during the policy update process.


Participation in the short survey (link below) between January 22 and February 28, 2018 is requested to ensure potential changes to the process used in Belleville will represent all residents.  One of the reasons the outdoor burning policy is currently under review in our community is due to the excessive and destructive wildland fires that have occurred in other communities.


We appreciate your time and value your input in helping us develop policies that reflect the needs of our residents while making every effort to ensure our community is a safe one.


https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PJ75H23

 

For further information:
Paul Patry
Deputy Fire Chief
City of Belleville
613-771-3076
ppatry@city.belleville.on.ca

Flood Outlook Statement Remains in Effect


With warmer temperatures expected in the Quinte region later this week, there is a potential for snow melt and the increase in flows which may cause nuisance flooding in some areas.


Residents are also reminded to be extremely cautious around local waterways and to stay off all ice covered water bodies as conditions may become unstable.


General Manager Terry Murphy says, “Staff will continue to monitor ice conditions and all river systems in the Quinte Conservation watershed.”


Murphy adds, “Residents are encouraged to contact the Quinte Conservation office at 613-968-3434 if they observe sudden increases in water levels or the formation of ice jams.”


Quinte Conservation warns the public that stream banks should be avoided in the winter. Ice and snow make footing unpredictable and frigid open water conditions are extremely dangerous. Areas around dams, culverts and bridges should be avoided at all times. While Quinte Conservation does not measure ice thickness for recreational activities, the organization provides information on watershed safety conditions.


A Flood Outlook Statement gives early notice of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts calling for heavy rain, snow melt, high wind or other conditions that could lead to high runoff, cause ice jams, lakeshore flooding or erosion.


This message will be in effect until (or updated before) Tuesday, January 23, 2018.


Quinte Conservation is a community-based environmental protection agency. It serves 18 municipalities in the watersheds of the Moira, Napanee and Salmon Rivers and Prince Edward County. It provides cost- effective environmental expertise and leadership. Quinte Conservation’s main goal is to create a sustainable ecosystem where people and nature live in harmony. More information about Quinte Conservation is available at www.quinteconservation.ca.

For more information contact: Terry Murphy, General Manager

(613) 968-3434 ext. 103 OR (613) 354-3312 ext. 103


NEWSROOMS PLEASE NOTE QUINTE CONSERVATION ISSUES DIFFERENT TYPES OF MESSAGES DEPENDING ON THE SEVERITY OF THE SITUATION.


PLEASE SEE BELOW:

WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT: This is a general notice of potential flooding or other conditions that pose a safety risk. There are two kinds of statements:

  •     a WATER SAFEY STATEMENT indicates that high flows, unsafe banks, melting ice or other factors could be dangerous for users such as anglers, boaters, swimmers, children or pets. Flooding is not expected.
  •     a FLOOD OUTLOOK STATEMENT gives early notice of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts calling for heavy rain, snow melt, high wind or other conditions that could lead to high runoff, cause ice jams, lakeshore flooding or erosion.


FLOOD WATCH: This level notifies that the potential for flooding exists within specific watercourses and municipalities. Municipalities, emergency services and individual landowners in flood-prone areas should prepare.


FLOOD WARNING: Flooding is imminent or already occurring in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities and individuals should take action to deal with flood conditions. This may include road closures and evacuations.

Weather Related Program and Service Cancellations at the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre


Due to the weather and the worsening conditions anticipated throughout the day, there are a number of program cancellations today: 


• All recreational swims, swimming lessons, aquafit programs and private pool rentals are cancelled today
• All recreation programs (including fitness, gymnasium, open gym, youth and children's programs) are cancelled as of 2:00 p.m. today
• The Workout Studio will close at 2:30 p.m. today
• The Youth Room is closed today
• The Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre will remain open to the public.  The Family Dental Centre Indoor Track will remain open until 9:00 p.m. 
• Ice and meeting room rentals will proceed; however, participants are encouraged to check with their organizations/groups to confirm the status of their rental.


Updates will continue to be posted to the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre site at www.qswc.ca

Flood Outlook Statement Remains in Effect - Staff Continue to Monitor Conditions


Quinte Conservation’s Flood Outlook Statement for the potential of flooding remains in effect on the Moira, Salmon, Napanee, and Prince Edward watersheds.

Warmer temperatures this week should eliminate the formation of new frazil ice. However, the rise in temperature combined with forecast rainfall may cause an increase in river flows which could lead to ice breaking up and accumulating in river systems. Ice jams are most common in narrowing river sections, bridges, bends and below rapids.

Quinte Conservation General Manager Terry Murphy says “Quinte Conservation staff will continue to monitor conditions. If residents observe sudden increases in the water levels or the formation of ice jams they should contact the Quinte Conservation office at 613-968-3434”.

Quinte Conservation’s Flood Outlook Statement for the potential of flooding remains in effect for the Moira, Salmon, Napanee, and Prince Edward watersheds.

WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT: This is a general notice of potential flooding or other conditions that pose a safety risk. There are two kinds of statements:

  • a WATER SAFEY STATEMENT indicates that high flows, unsafe banks, melting ice or other factors could be dangerous for users such as anglers, boaters, swimmers, children or pets. Flooding is not expected.

  • a FLOOD OUTLOOK STATEMENT gives early notice of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts calling for heavy rain, snow melt, high wind or other conditions that could lead to high runoff, cause ice jams, lakeshore flooding or erosion.

This message will be in effect until (or updated before) Monday, January 15th, 2018.

Quinte Conservation is a community-based environmental protection agency. It serves 18 municipalities in the watersheds of the Moira, Napanee and Salmon Rivers and Prince Edward County. It provides cost-effective environmental expertise and leadership. Quinte Conservation’s main goal is to create a sustainable ecosystem where people and nature live in harmony. More information about Quinte Conservation is available at www.quinteconservation.ca.

For more information contact: Terry Murphy, General Manager

(613) 968-3434 ext. 103, CELL 613-391-4040

 

NEWSROOMS PLEASE NOTE QUINTE CONSERVATION ISSUES DIFFERENT TYPES OF MESSAGES DEPENDING ON THE SEVERITY OF THE SITUATION. PLEASE SEE BELOW:

WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT: This is a general notice of potential flooding or other conditions that pose a safety risk. There are two kinds of statements:

  • a WATER SAFEY STATEMENT indicates that high flows, unsafe banks, melting ice or other factors could be dangerous for users such as anglers, boaters, swimmers, children or pets. Flooding is not expected.

  • a FLOOD OUTLOOK STATEMENT gives early notice of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts calling for heavy rain, snow melt, high wind or other conditions that could lead to high runoff, cause ice jams, lakeshore flooding or erosion.

FLOOD WATCH: This level notifies that the potential for flooding exists within specific watercourses and municipalities. Municipalities, emergency services and individual landowners in flood-prone areas should prepare.

FLOOD WARNING: Flooding is imminent or already occurring in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities and individuals should take action to deal with flood conditions. This may include road closures and evacuations.

Environment Canada Has Issued a Special Weather Statement for Belleville and Area.


A cold snap is expected today through Saturday.

A bitterly cold northwesterly flow will develop over southern Ontario today. Extreme cold warning criteria of minus 30 is expected to be met in many places tonight into Friday and again Friday night into Saturday.

The cold snap will end by Sunday as a southwesterly flow develops.
Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada.
https://weather.gc.ca/forecast/canada/index_e.html?id=on

The Canadian Mental Health Association will operate a warm room Thursday, Friday and Saturday, January 4th, 5th and 6th from 8:00 p.m. – 8:30 a.m. at 41 Octavia Street for anyone in need.

The Canadian Mental Health Association will provide After-hours Homeless Emergency Services for Hastings County.  If you are homeless and require help with shelter please call;  
1-877-528-9514

The Salvation Army will operate a warm room from 6:00- pm – 8:30 pm at 295 Pinnacle Street, and will provide a free hot meal.

 

For more information contact:
Deborah Kinsman
Emergency Management Executive Assistant
613-967-3200, ext. 3029

City of Belleville Names New Director of Corporate Services/City Clerk


BELLEVILLE – The City of Belleville today announced that Matthew MacDonald, Acting Director of Corporate Services/City Clerk for the City of Belleville, has been named Director of Corporate Services/City Clerk.  

MacDonald is a five (5) year employee of the City and brings a vast knowledge of the day-to-day operations and administration of the City’s Corporate Services. Previously, MacDonald held the positions of CAO/Clerk with the Corporation of the Municipality of Centre Hastings and Municipal Advisor with the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing.

MacDonald has an Executive Diploma in Municipal Management and holds various Municipal Administration certifications including, Municipal Administration Program (MAP), Municipal Accounting & Finance, and Municipal Tax Administration. 

MacDonald will begin his new position with the City of Belleville immediately.

“We are pleased to announce that Matt has accepted this appointment and look forward to continued success within our Corporate Services Department,” said Rick Kester, CAO, City of Belleville. “Matt brings with him years of dedicated service and a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of Corporate Services.”

For more information:

City of Belleville
Tim Osborne, Manager of Human Resources
Tel: (613) 967-3200
www.Belleville.ca

Winter Storms


Winter storms kill more Canadians than tornadoes, thunderstorms, lightning, floods and hurricanes combined.

Heavy snowfall and ice can make the roads treacherous and interrupt the power supply.
You can check local weather and forecasts online.

Interactive maps, road conditions and driving information is available through Traveller Information Services.

Road closure, condition and construction information is available through hands free 511 automated service or on Twitter! Simply dial 511 or follow us @511Ontario!

Safety Tips

  • Avoid unnecessary travel
  • Wear layers of lightweight clothing, mittens and a hat (preferably one that covers your ears)
  • Wear waterproof, insulated boots to keep your feet warm and dry and to keep from slipping on ice and snow
  • Regularly check for frostbite — numbness or white areas on your face and body (ears, nose, cheeks, hands and feet in particular)
  • Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow by taking frequent breaks
  • Bring pets inside and move livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water

If power outage results:

Prepare Now


Take the following steps so you and your family are prepared in the event of an emergency:

  • Winterize your home to retain heat:
    • insulate walls and attics;
    • caulk or weather-strip doors and windows;
    • install storm windows or cover windows with plastic
  • Get heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected once a year
  • Add extra blankets and warm clothes to your emergency survival kit

https://www.emergencymanagementontario.ca/english/home.html


For more information:
Marilyn Warren, Communications Coordinator
Tel:  (613) 968-6481, ext. 3263
Cell:  (613) 922-1244
Email: mwarren@city.belleville.on.ca

Veridian presented $500 to the Open Door Cafe program


Veridian presented $500 to the Open Door Cafe program at Eastminster United Church from the Veridian Community Sponsorship Fund. The Open Door Cafe is a weekly prepared meals program. It offers hot lunches for those who may have trouble making ends meet or for seniors and others who would like to have someone with whom to share a meal. There is no cost. Donations are gratefully accepted. All are welcome!
L - R: Mayor Taso Christopher, Joe Lonsberry (Veridian), Brenda Miller, Jeff O'Neil (Veridian), Rev. Dr. David McMaster & John Zikopoulos.

Weather Related Program and Service Cancellations at the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre


BELLEVILLE ON - Due to the weather, there are a number of program cancellations today (December 18th 2017): 

  • All recreational swims, swimming lessons and aquafit programs are cancelled as of 5:00 p.m. today (December 18th 2017)
  • All recreation programs (including fitness, gymnasium, and children's programs) are cancelled as of 5:00 p.m. today (December 18th 2017)
  • The Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre will remain open to the public.  The Family Dental Centre Indoor Track, Workout Studio and Open Gym will remain open for the regular schedule.
  • Ice and meeting room rentals will proceed; however, participants are encouraged to check with their organizations/groups to confirm the status of their rental.

Updates will continue to be posted to the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre site at www.qswc.ca

2018 New Year’s Civic Levee


His Worship Mayor Taso A. Christopher and members of Belleville City Council invite you to attend the New Year’s Civic Levee on Monday January 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre in the Gymnasium - main floor.

All members of the community are invited to attend.

During the event, enjoy the sounds of the 413 Wing Pipes and Drums followed by Mayor Taso A. Christopher’s official address at 12:15 p.m. Mayor Christopher will talk about the many successes the City of Belleville has enjoyed in 2017 and things to expect in the coming year.

WHAT: New Year’s Levee

WHEN: Monday, January 1st, 2018
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (official welcome at 12:15 p.m.)

WHERE: The Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre- 265 Cannifton Road, Belleville
Main Floor, Gymnasium.

Governments of Canada and Ontario invest in public transit in Belleville


Belleville, Ontario, December 14, 2017—Investing in public infrastructure supports efficient, affordable and sustainable transit services that help Canadians and their families get to work, school and essential services on time and back home safely at the end of a long day. The governments of Canada and Ontario are making investments that will help create well-paying jobs and grow the middle class now while building a strong foundation for a sustainable economic future.

To read more, click here

Public Facilities Provide Relief from Cold


BELLEVILLE – Concerned for the well-being of individuals struggling with the sub-zero temperatures currently being experienced in the area, The City of Belleville encourages those needing relief from the cold to access public facilities within The City as warming centres. The Belleville Public Library and the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre are two of these options.

The Belleville Public Library on Pinnacle Street in the downtown core is open:
Monday - Thursday: 9:30 am to 8:00 pm
Friday: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Sunday: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

The Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre on Cannifton Road is open:
Monday – Friday 6:30 am until 11:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday 8:30 am – 11:00  pm



For more information:
Marilyn Warren, Communications Coordinator
Tel:  (613) 968-6481, ext. 3263
Cell:  (613) 922-1244
Email: mwarren@city.belleville.on.ca

A Christmas Message from Mayor Taso A. Christopher


On behalf of my colleagues on Council, I would like to wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas filled with health and happiness. I hope you will take in the Christmas Light display in Jane Forrester Park and the many other holiday offerings our community offers.

Please remember that Operation Red Nose is operating through the Holiday season-opt for a safe ride home this Christmas season

I hope that you and your families will join me at the New Year’s Levee on January 1st at the Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre-help us celebrate the coming of another great year.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Belleville Garden Club Presents Cheque to City


Mayor Christopher accepted a generous $10,000 donation on behalf of the City of Belleville from the Belleville Garden Club at the new Memorial Park gazebo. This is a contribution toward the re-development of Memorial Gardens at the corner of North Park Street and Bell Blvd.

Phase 3 A Celebration


BELLEVILLE – A ribbon cutting was held in downtown Belleville this morning to celebrate the completion of   Phase 3A of the City Centre Revitalization and Redevelopment project,  and the reopening of Bridge Street East.

“We are now in the home stretch for completion of the downtown revitalization,” said Mayor Taso Christopher. “The changes we have been making to our downtown infrastructure and streetscape will benefit the City of Belleville for years to come.”    

As with the first two phases, the first part of Phase 3 involved a substantial amount of underground infrastructure replacement and upgrade including new watermains, sanitary sewers and utilities.  Above ground work on Bridge Street East included new asphalt, boulevards, and sidewalks; concrete and brick pavers; new street lights and trees; and fresh new design features such as up lighting and bollard lighting.  All these elements are designed to create an open,  pedestrian- friendly space.

Phase 3B, which includes work on Front Street from Bridge Street East to Dundas Street East and work on McAnnany Street and Market Street, is scheduled for completion in 2018.

The contractor will continue to have a presence in the Downtown as they complete final details and clean-up of the site.

2018 Funding Released


Belleville City Council & Grant Committee Announce
Belleville Community Arts & Culture Fund Applications Release of the 2018 Funding

BELLEVILLE, Ontario – Mayor Taso Christopher, members of Council, the Grant Committee Chair, Councillor Mitch Panciuk and members of the Grant Committee are pleased to announce the public release of $25,000 for the 2018 Belleville Community Arts & Culture Fund which are guided and administered by the City of Belleville Grant Committee.

The Belleville Community Arts & Culture Fund’s intended effect on our community is to:

• Foster creativity within the Belleville community at all levels;
• Enrich how all Belleville residents experience and engage with the arts and culture to encourage awareness, understanding, appreciation, participation, inclusion, diversity and access;
• Leverage arts and culture to assert Belleville’s distinctiveness and to stimulate economic development and tourism;
• Ensure arts and culture funding aligns with that of comparable municipalities;
• Bring provincial, national and international recognition to Belleville as a centre for the arts and culture;
• Support arts and cultural projects through the granting of funds through project grants.

The Belleville Community Arts & Culture Fund (BCACF) supports arts and cultural projects ranging from music, dance and theatre, to multi-arts festivals, symposia and events. Arts and cultural projects funded through BCACF will help nurture the quality and capacity of the arts, artists, arts sector and the cultural community and enhance the quality of life and stimulate economic development through direct investment in Belleville. Approved Veridian proceeds are being transferred as an investment in Belleville’s cultural capital to foster cultural vitality and to increase the capacity of the arts and culture community to create and produce artistic works of performance.  It enhances the community’s cultural life and economy and helps promote financial stability and sustainability.  The BCACF monies for each year are contingent on City Council budget decisions. 

Arts organizations, non-profits, and collectives are eligible to apply.  For details, please read the BCACF Guidelines and Application on the City website.  The deadline for applications is Friday, January 26, 2018, 3:30 p.m.  Please use the following link http://www.belleville.ca/recreation/page/community-arts-culture-fund.

For more information please contact:

Mark Fluhrer

Director, Recreation, Culture & Community Services 

613-967-3217

mfluhrer@city.belleville.on.ca

Krista Keller

Administrative Assistant, Recreation, Culture & Community Services

613-967-3218

kkeller@city.belleville.on.ca

Christmas At The Pier Lighting Display Launch


The 2017 Lighting Display Launch will be on Friday, November 17, 2017 at 5:30 PM.

Please join the Mayor, Council and the City of Belleville Lighting Display Committee for the annual launch to welcome the Christmas Season in beautiful Belleville. Hundreds of people attend the launch of the lighting of the display at Jane Forrester Park where the historic, sentimental Foster display comes alive with new additions that light the area with magical brilliance. The evening kicks off with festive music and the young and young-at-heart count down to the moment the displays are lit for the first time each year.

 

Click here to view the PDF version of the Christmas At the Pier poster

Veridian Connections Supporting Salvation Army Kettle Campaign


Veridian Connections representative Joe Lonsberry,  joined Mayor Christopher and Councillor Thompson at the Belleville Transit Station on Pinnacle Street to present Salvation Army representatives, Abby Mills, Director of Community and Family Services, and Debbie Scott, Kettle Campaign Volunteer Coordinator, with five, one month passes for December and 50 adult passes to be used at any time. This generous donation by Veridian will enable the Kettle Campaign volunteers to travel to their volunteer stations throughout the community using the City transit system.

“We thank the Salvation Army Kettle Campaign for the support they provide our community,” said Mayor Christopher. “Today’s presentation exemplifies another great community partnership – this one engaging Veridian, City Transit and the Salvation Army. Partnerships such as these strengthen our City and we value these initiatives.”


Shown in photo (left to right):
Mayor Taso Christopher, Debbie Scott, Salvation Army Kettle Campaign Volunteer Coordinator, Veridian Connections representative Joe Lonsberry, Abby Mills, Salvation Army Director of Community and Family Services, Councillor Garnet Thompson and Paul Buck, Manager of Transit Operations.

Park & Ride Game Day Shuttle Service Added To Experience


The City of Belleville has announced the launch of a Park & Ride service for Belleville Senators’ home games. This new service will begin on November 1, 2017 for the team’s inaugural home game at the newly renovated and expanded Yardmen Arena. The Park & Ride service is provided by the City of Belleville, in partnership with the Belleville Senators and the Quinte Mall, making it easier for fans to get to and from the games.

Priced at $2.50 per round trip, fans can park for free at the Quinte Mall, board the bus and go directly to the Yardmen to take in the AHL professional hockey action. The Game Day Shuttle will return fans to the mall after the game. “The Quinte Mall has ample parking and is happy to support this service,” stated Alexandra Benjafield, General Manager for the Quinte Mall. “Come early to the mall and enjoy our extensive dining or shopping options and visit one of our restaurants after the game.”

With 4,400 seats in the Yardmen Arena and thousands using the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre for other recreational activities, parking is at a premium. “Our goal is to offer fans a positive experience that starts even before the game begins,” stated Rob Mullowney, Chief Operating Officer for the Belleville Senators. “The Belleville Senators are pleased to be a partner of this enhanced service and we encourage people to use this economical and convenient Game Day Shuttle Park & Ride system.”

The shuttle will begin operating at the Quinte Mall at 5:45 p.m., with the last bus leaving at 6:40 p.m. Two City transit buses and two school buses will be used to run the service and will be staged to leave five minutes apart. “We’re excited to lend our support and partner with the City of Belleville on this initiative and look forward to having the Meta bus be part of the shuttle service that will get fans to the games,” shared Christofer Espinoza, Business Manager of Meta Employment Services.

Route Details

Heading to the Game:
     Quinte Mall – 2 stops
       Bus Stop #1 - Chapters (west side of the Quinte Mall)
       Bus Stop #2 - Toys “R” Us Entrance (south side of the Quinte Mall)
     Travel Bell Boulevard to Adam Street, circle the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre via Centre Street and Cannifton Road
     Drop off at the bus bay on the west side of the building, northbound on Cannifton Road

After the Game:
    Leave the bus bay on the west side of the building, northbound on Cannifton Road, the route will turn left onto Bell Boulevard and head west towards the Quinte Mall.
    Drop off at west end, Stop #1 Chapters and then south end, Stop #2 Toys “R” Us

For further information on the Park & Ride Game Day Shuttle service for Belleville Senators’ Home Games, contact Belleville Transit at 613-962-1925 or visit http://belleville.ca/residents/page/transit



 

City of Belleville Names New General Manager of Transportation and Operations


The City of Belleville today announced that Joseph Reid, Operations Supervisor with the former Environmental and Operations Services Department for the City of Belleville has been successful in an appointment to the newly created General Manager of Transportation and Operations as a result of a recent realignment of the City’s former Environmental & Operational Services Department.
Reid is a fifteen (15) year employee of the City and brings a vast knowledge of the day-to day Public Works and Roads operations. Mr. Reid has been an Operations Supervisor since August 2008 and is an active member with the Association of Roads Supervisors of Ontario (AORS).

Reid is a graduate of the Civil Engineering Technology program from Loyalist College, holds the designation of Certified Roads Supervisor and has been active as a part-time professor at Loyalist College in the field of Building Methods and Materials.

Reid will begin his new position with the City of Belleville on Monday, October 30, 2017. 

“We are pleased to announce that Joe has accepted this appointment and look forward to a successful transition to the newly structured Transportation and Operations Department with Joe as its General Manager,” said Rick Kester, CAO, City of Belleville. “Joe brings with him years of dedicated service and a wealth of knowledge of our City in service excellence as well as transportation operations.”

Belleville Water Customer Services Moving to New Location


City of Belleville Water Customer Service is relocating to 183 Pinnacle Street and will open the doors to serve residents in their new location on Monday, October 30, 2017. To facilitate the move, the Belleville Water Customer Service office on Wallbridge cres. will close at noon on Friday, October 27. 


“The office’s new location in the downtown core will provide central access for Belleville residents,” said Director of Finances, Brian Cousins. “It is conveniently situated by the Belleville Transit depot and right across the street from City Hall. The Water Customer Service team looks forward to serving you in their new location.”


Construction and plumbing related service inquiries regarding the former 31 Wallbridge cres. address should be directed to 613-966-3657 ext. 2260.

Learn to Preserve Family Heirlooms


The City of Belleville’s Glanmore National Historic Site is helping people learn to preserve and protect their family heirlooms.

A special event, “Preserve and Protect” will be held at Glanmore National Historic Site on Saturday, October 21 and encourages the public to showcase their family treasures while discovering ways to ensure their long-term preservation.

Local heritage professionals will be prepared to answer questions, give advice and demonstrate how to best care for personal treasures such as furniture, books, ceramics, metal objects, framed art, documents, photographs, quilts and clothing. A selection of conservation materials to aid in preservation will be available for purchase.

This is the second time Glanmore has offered this event. During the 2016 event advice was given on how to care for an 100 year old wedding dress, a silver tea set, a prize winning crochet blanket, an oil painting, quilts, photo albums, diaries and more.

Preserve and Protect will take place at Glanmore National Historic Site, 257 Bridge Street East, Belleville on Saturday, October 21 from 1 to 4 pm.  Regular museum admission applies to this event.  For more information visit www.glanmore.ca or call 613-962-2329.

City of Belleville Seeks Public Input Regarding Police Area Rating Options


To ensure the decisions made in regard to the Police Area Rating Options reflect the input of the community they serve, the City is hosting two public information sessions, providing members of the community the opportunity to attend, ask questions and voice their opinions. The information sessions will be held:


Wednesday, October 11, 2017
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Gerry Masterson Community Centre - 516 Harmony Road - Belleville, ON


Thursday, October 12, 2017
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Council Chamber - City Hall - 169 Front Street - Belleville, ON


For further information regarding the City of Belleville Police Area Rated Services visit:


BELLEVILLE.CA / Important Notices / Public Information Sessions - Police Area Rating


“We encourage residents to read through the online information prior to the meeting and then join us for one of the public information sessions,” said Director, Finance Brian Cousins. “Feedback from these meetings is critical and we value your opinions and want to have them be a part of the decision making process.”
 

For more information:
Director, Finance
Brian Cousins
bcousins@city.belleville.on.ca
Phone:  613-967-3242

City of Belleville Names New General Manager of Environmental Services


The City of Belleville today announced that Perry Decola, Superintendent of Water and Wastewater Services for the City of Belleville, has been successful in an appointment to the newly created General Manager of Environmental Services position as a result of a recent realignment of the City’s former Environmental & Operational Services Department.

Decola is a twenty-three (23) year employee of the City and brings a vast knowledge of the day-to-day operations and administration of the City’s water, wastewater and distribution services, along with years of educating other municipal environmental leaders through the Walkerton Clean Water Center.

Decola is a graduate of the Environmental Technology Program from Loyalist College and holds a Class IV Water Treatment Certificate.

Decola will begin his new position with the City of Belleville on Tuesday, October 10, 2017.

“We are pleased to announce that Perry has accepted this appointment and look forward to a successful transition to the newly structured Environmental Services division with Perry as its General Manager,” said Rick Kester, CAO, City of Belleville. “Perry brings with him years of dedicated service and a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of Environmental Services operations.”

For more information:

City of Belleville

Tim Osborne, Manager of Human Resources

Tel: (613) 967-3200

Recycling Depot Now Open at Thurlow Waste Disposal Site


Missed your collection day or decided it was too windy to leave your Blue Box curbside? Moving into a new home or taking on a renovation and find yourself drowning in cardboard and plastic film? Cleaning out your basement and finally letting go of that Commodore 64? The City has opened a Residential Recycling Depot at the Thurlow Waste Disposal Site (1320 Mudcat Rd., Plainfield) to make it even easier for Thurlow residents to rid themselves of unwanted items responsibly. Constructed over the spring and summer, the depot is located close to the landfill and has designated areas for residents to drop off scrap metal, Blue Box recyclables and waste electronics and small electrical items.

The recycling depot is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8am to 1pm – the same operating hours as the landfill. Garbage will continue to be accepted at the landfill subject to tipping fees but residents will be encouraged to stop by the depot first to make recycling a priority.

“This project has been in the works for many years and the major reason for it was to extend the life of the landfill,” says Pat McNulty, Capital & Fleet Asset Manager for the City of Belleville.  “We observed the landfilling of recyclables and knew on-site recycling facilities were needed to curb that activity. The more material we can keep out of the Thurlow landfill, the longer it can provide a useful and cost-effective service to this community. We were also encouraged by the popularity of depots in neighbouring communities. Even with curbside collection, residents appreciate the convenience of dropping off a broad range of materials all in one place.”

“Our residents want to do the right thing and we want to make it easy and affordable for them to do just that,” says Mayor Christopher. “Thurlow residents will continue to enjoy the convenience of curbside Blue Box collection, that program isn’t going anywhere. What the depot provides is a one-stop drop-off for household recyclables for the quickly growing population in Thurlow Ward.”

Residents will be able to drop off the following materials, free of charge, at the Recycling Depot:
• Scrap metal such as bicycle frames, metal siding, metal furniture, etc.
• Recyclables accepted in the curbside Blue Box program
• Electronic waste such as televisions, computers and cell phones
• Small electrical items such as handheld power tools, microwaves and toasters

Large appliances and appliances containing Freon will continue to be managed for a fee. To help make drop-off easier and faster, residents are encouraged to sort their materials before travelling to the depot. A complete list of materials accepted at the recycling depot is available on the City of Belleville website.

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For more information:
Becky MacWhirter
Green Programs Coordinator/Public Education Officer
City of Belleville
bmacwhirter@city.belleville.on.ca

City Dedicates Parkette to The Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment


The City of Belleville is pleased to announce that today, in a ceremony attended by some World War II veterans, the Parkette located at Bay Bridge Road and Dundas Street West was dedicated to The Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment.

“The Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment has a rich history and solid roots in the City of Belleville,” says Mayor Christopher. “We are proud and honoured to have them in our community and this dedication is a great way for us to show that.”

The Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment is an Army Reserve infantry unit within the 33 Canadian Brigade Group. Affectionately known as the “Hasty P’s”, the Regiment operates in three locations across central Ontario in Belleville, Peterborough and Cobourg. The Regiment is currently under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel Chris Comeau.

“The Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment was very moved to see this Parkette and monument recognizing the generations of sacrifice of our men and women as well as the ongoing and exemplary work that members of the Regiment are currently doing here at home and overseas ,” said Comeau. “Today’s Hasty P’s continue to earn a reputation as competent professionals among their peers in the Canadian Armed Forces and dedicated community leaders as Reserve citizen soldiers.  It is humbling to see that the City of Belleville is as proud of their Regiment as we are.”

The Parkette was constructed as part of the Dundas Street West Rehabilitation Project, which was cost- shared, on a one-third basis, between the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the City of Belleville, under the Small Communities Fund. Representatives from both funding partners had high praise for the project and the Regiment.

Speaking on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Neil Ellis, Member of Parliament for Bay of Quinte, said, “Today's announcement demonstrates Canada's commitment to working closely with provinces and municipalities to meet the unique needs of small communities. By offering significant funding for a wide range of infrastructure projects, Canadian communities benefit from investments that help celebrate our country’s diverse heritage and history. This Parkette and monument will honour and recognize the valued contribution of The Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment.”

Representing the Province of Ontario, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and Minister Responsible for Small Business, Jeff Leal expressed support for the project and the Regiment. “Today’s event is special as it pays tribute to the bravery and sacrifice of the men and women of The Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment who have worked for generations to effectively train soldiers to support Canadian Forces operations. Our government is pleased to be supporting the completion of this  Parkette and would like to congratulate the City of Belleville on the completion of this important piece  of community infrastructure."

The Hastings and Prince Edward Regimental Armoury is located in Belleville at the corner of Bridge St. E. and Pinnacle St. in downtown Belleville. The Regiment has a museum at the Armoury that is open to the public on Tuesdays from 1pm to 4pm. Recruiting inquiries can be directed to hast.per.recruiting@forces.gc.ca.

 


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For more information:
Dana Barnett, Capital Projects Coordinator Tel: 613-967-3200, ext. 3336
Email:   dbarnett@city.belleville.on.ca

City of Belleville Pays Tribute


The City of Belleville will recognize the 2017 National Firefighters Memorial Day by lowering flags at City facilities over the upcoming weekend.

Federal Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister, Ralph Goodale, has made the announcement that the second Sunday in September will be recognized as National Firefighters Memorial Day. The day will serve as a tribute to public safety officers who have died in the line of duty and the flag on Parliament Hill will be lowered on Sunday, September 10th to specifically honour firefighters.

On Monday, September  11th there will be a moment of silence and bell ringing at Fire Station #1, 60 Bettes Street (corner of Bettes and Station Streets),  at 8:45 a.m. to honour those who perished at the World Trade Centre terrorist attacks. All agencies and the public are welcome to attend.

Chief MacDonald encourages residents to attend the ceremony. “Please join us on Monday morning as we honour and pay tribute to those lost in the September 11, 2001 tragedy.”

September 11, 2001

On the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001, 19 terrorists from al-Qaeda, hijacked four commercial airplanes, deliberately crashing two of the planes into the upper floors of the North and South towers of the World Trade Center (WTC) complex and a third plane into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. The Twin Towers ultimately collapsed because of the damage sustained from the impacts and the resulting fires. After learning about the other attacks, passengers on the fourth hijacked plane, Flight 93, fought back, and the plane crashed into an empty field in western Pennsylvania about 20 minutes by air from Washington, DC. The attacks killed nearly 3,000 people from 93 nations. 2,753 people were killed in New York, 184 people were killed at the Pentagon, including 55 military personnel, and 40 people were killed on Flight 93.

The hijacked Flight 11 crashed into floors 93 to 99 of the North Tower (1 WTC) at 8:46 a.m. The hijacked Flight 175 struck floors 77 to 85 of the South Tower (2 WTC) 17 minutes later at 9:03 a.m. When the towers were struck, between 16,400 and 18,000 people were in the WTC complex. Of those, the vast majority evacuated safely. As they rushed out, first responders rushed in trying to save those still trapped or injured - 343 Firefighters, 60 Police Officers and eight Paramedics were among those killed.

For more information:
Marilyn Warren
Communications Coordinator
City of Belleville
mwarren@city.belleville.on.ca

Bay Bridge Road/Dundas Street West Project Now Substantially Complete


BELLEVILLE - The City of Belleville is pleased to announce the Bay Bridge Road/CPR Overhead Replacement & Dundas Street West Rehabilitation Project is now substantially complete.

“This Build Belleville project is significant for the City of Belleville as it addresses local infrastructure priorities and greatly improves the traffic flow for local, tourist and commercial vehicles into the City and to the City core,” says Mayor Christopher. “We are very thankful to our federal and provincial funding partners who provided funding assistance with these projects.”

The Bay Bridge Road / CPR Overhead Replacement portion was funded entirely through the federal Gas Tax Fund for a total investment of $10.9 million.

“The Government of Canada has committed to working with provinces, territories and municipalities to ensure they receive the support they need to build strong and vibrant communities,” said Neil Ellis, Member of Parliament for Bay of Quinte, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “I’m excited that Belleville has now completed construction on some very important road projects, using funding from the federal Gas Tax Fund and the Small Communities Fund, resulting in safer and more efficient roads and bridges and reduced congestion.”

The Dundas Street West portion of the project was cost-shared, on a one-third basis, between the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the City of Belleville, under the Small Communities Fund. The total investment for this portion was $9.7 million.

“Our government’s commitment to building stronger communities across the province is delivering real results for our municipalities and Ontarians,” said Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.  “The Dundas Street West rehabilitation project is a great example of our government working together with our federal and municipal partners to strengthen our infrastructure and help create jobs in Belleville.”

Notable achievements with this project include:

• Replacement of the existing bridge on Bay Bridge Road, which crosses over the Canadian Pacific Railway, with a new bridge on a new alignment.
• The creation of an additional left turning lane at the Bay Bridge Road intersection. 
• A new centre, left turning lane on Dundas Street West.
• The addition of a three-metre wide, paved multi-use path that extends down the south side of Dundas Street West from Coleman Street to Zwick’s Park, providing safe passageway for pedestrians and cyclists.
• The creation of a public viewing area at the south side of the intersection overlooking the Bay and Zwick’s Park and also a Parkette on the north side.
• The replacement of a 1931 cast iron watermain.

The contractor and City landscaping crews may still be seen on site periodically to finish some final work.


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For more information:
Dana Barnett, Capital Projects Coordinator
Tel: 613-967-3200, ext. 3336
Email: dbarnett@city.belleville.on.ca


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City of Belleville Researches Electric Transit Options


City of Belleville residents may have noted an unfamiliar bus circulating throughout the City during the past few days, with the tag line ‘The Official Sponsor of Mother Nature’ emblazoned on the side. The City has been given the bus as a demo for a week’s time by a manufacturer - one of which the City has been researching and discussing electric bus options. The bus is 100 percent electric with zero emissions.

“This model is one of several we are looking at from different companies,” said Councillor Boyce. “The progress being made in these areas is huge and it’s exciting to be finding options which are efficient, economical and environmentally positive. Saving residents money and respecting our environment – it’s a win-win for everyone.”

The BYD bus being tested by Belleville Transit is emission free and takes approximately two hours to charge. Once fully charged it can travel for approximately 300 kilometres.

“It’s important to look ahead and determine actions the City can take now which will help to align us with progressive plans we need to implement, perhaps not today, but within the next few years,” Councillor Jack Miller, Transit Committee Chair added.

Manager and Planner of Transit Services Matt Coffey encouraged the Belleville Transit drivers to test drive the bus and provide feedback on their experience. “Within the next ten years it is conceivable that legislation will require zero emission buses to replace our current fleets. We are gaining a clearer understanding of the product features ¬and the charging dock facilities required to make this transition. We want our transit system to be on the leading edge of this progressive green technology.”

City of Belleville Names Deputy Fire Chiefs


The City of Belleville today announced that Don Corbett and Paul Patry have been named Deputy Fire Chiefs with the City of Belleville.


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City of Belleville Transit Routes and Schedule Now Available on Google Maps


BELLEVILLE – The City of Belleville is pleased to now offer transit riders the convenience of accessing Google Maps to determine the bus they need to catch, the time they need to do so and when they will arrive at their destination. Google indicates schedule choices, providing the public with options to choose the bus which works best for them.

“This is another leap forward in Belleville Transit’s customer service that we are excited to offer the public,” said City Transit Manager Matt Coffey.  “It’s been a very progressive year for the City’s transit system and the increase in riders indicates the public appreciates these changes. The year-to-date conventional ridership is up 10% and the use of paratransit has seen a 16% year-to-date increase. The west City service has been enhanced by making Route 10 permanent and bus shelters have been installed in North East Industrial Park. Riders will soon be enjoying the new downtown bus shelter scheduled to open in July. It’s been a great year and Google Maps is yet another great service our riders can enjoy.”

Manager of Information Systems Marc Coyle explains the City’s Transit presence on Google Maps is the perfect complement to the Virtual City Hall that residents are now able to access through the City website at BELLEVILLE.CA and the City’s mobile application Pingstreet. “The objective is to create an environment that is accessible to residents, one which is convenient for their schedule and location. Now residents are able to access City services online –property taxes, utility billing and account payments. Our Transit Schedule on Google Maps extends our customer service even further.”

“The Transit Operations Advisory Committee, consisting of Councillors and community volunteers, has worked diligently to seek transit rider input and take steps to implement changes that make the City’s system one which is current and relevant to the needs of today’s residents,” said Mayor Taso Christopher. “We are very pleased that Google Maps has been added as a service option.”

To access Belleville Transit on Google Maps visit:

maps.google.com, click on Directions, then enter your location, your destination and click on the transit icon.

Easy to follow instructions for accessing Transit Google Maps available at the following link : http://belleville.ca/images/uploads/Google_transit_Instructions.pdf
 

For more information:
Marc Coyle, Manager Information Systems, City of Belleville at: mcoyle@city.belleville.on.ca
Matt Coffey, Manager Transit Services, City of Belleville at: mcoffey@city.belleville.on.ca

Public Facilities Provide Relief from Heat


The City of Belleville encourages those needing relief from the heat to access public facilities within The City as cooling centres. The Belleville Public Library, the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre and the Splash Pads are some of these options.

The Belleville Public Library on Pinnacle Street in the downtown core is open:
9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday to Thursday
5:00 p.m. on Fridays and 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays
Starting on June 18th the library will be open on Sundays from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre on Cannifton Road is open:
6:00 a.m. until 12:00 midnight
Please note the QSWC will be closing early on June 30th and the QSWC will be closed on July 1st.  There is also a special activity schedule on the Civic Holiday so the building will be closing earlier.

The splash pads are open 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Parkdale Splash Pad, Parkdale Veterans Park, 119 Birch Street
Kinsmen Splash Pad - 151 Dundas Street East
West Riverside Splash Pad, 373 Moira Street East

Please reach out to friends and neighbours living on their own to ensure they are coping with the temperatures.

Plaque Program Brings History Alive Downtown


Fires, Floods and Railway Trains: Plaque Program Brings History Alive Downtown

History is always with us but sometimes we have to be reminded of our rich legacy. The Hastings County Historical Society is pleased to announce a new program to bring history alive.

This summer the Society will be unveiling five new plaques in downtown Belleville to bring the historical record of this city to the forefront for visitors and residents alike. The first will be unveiled on June 14 at the old Fire Station No. 2 at 394 Front Street. City officials have been invited to the event.

View complete Media Release below


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Mayor’s Ride Hits the Streets with Park Dale School


To encourage students to get active and ride their bikes, Mayor Christopher went back to school on this year’s Mayor’s Ride.  Held each year during Bay of Quinte Bike Month, the Mayor’s Ride showcases the City’s cycling infrastructure like bike lanes, trails and underpasses, and encourages Council members and others to experience biking in Belleville first-hand.

This year, the Mayor’s Ride was a youth-focused event. In partnership with Park Dale School, Mayor Christopher led Park Dale School staff, students and their families on a one-kilometer ride to school. The ride was supported by Belleville on Bikes, the City’s Green Task Force and Belleville Police Services who acted as route marshals.

“This ride was about educating tomorrow’s commuters,” says Mayor Christopher. “We want to encourage our young people to choose cycling as a way to get around town and this was a way to show them how to do it safely.” Similar events in other communities have grown in the number of schools participating year over year and have resulted in more students riding to school on a regular basis following the event.

“We know that approximately twenty children currently ride their bikes to Park Dale and our hope is this event demonstrated what a great option biking to school is for neighbourhood families,” says event organizer Jennifer McTavish of the YMCA of Central East Ontario and the City’s Green Task Force. “Park Dale has done a tremendous job encouraging healthy and active living among its staff and students and this event was a natural extension of that.”

Park Dale has embraced a focus on supporting students and staff to “eat better, move more, sleep well, and think clearly” as part of its School Improvement Plan for Student Achievement and Well-Being. The school formed a Healthy Active School Club, led by two teachers and made up of students from both the junior and intermediate divisions, which has been busy planning and carrying out a range of activities and events to get students moving like Fun Runs, Yogathons, Walk Across Canada Pedometer Challenge and Dodgeball for Change. The club is part of a school-wide initiative to promote physical literacy and healthy living that has earned Park Dale School the Ontario Physical and Health Education (OPHEA) healthy schools certification – one of only 174 elementary and secondary schools in Ontario to do so. 

“Our success is attributed to the dedication and leadership of our teachers, support from School Administration and School Council and the involvement of many community groups and organizations,” says Derek DeLarge, Principal of Park Dale School. “A number of our events have been charitable in nature so not only are our students getting the mental and physical benefits of exercise, they’re learning how to have a positive influence on their community.”

Bay of Quinte Bike Month is taking place across the Bay of Quinte Region from May 27-June 24. For a full list of events for kids and adults alike download this year’s Bike Month Poster & Event Calendar.

City of Belleville Improves Roadway Access for Waterfront Residents


The positive results of the elevated road construction concept tested on South Front Street have encouraged the City of Belleville to apply this process to additional streets in the flooded waterfront residential area. Following a door-to-door consultation with those impacted by the flooded roadways, it has been decided to extend the application of this process to South Church Street, South John Street and South George Street. This gravel elevation will provide driveway access to the residents. The modifications are to improve access for local residents only and will remain in place until the flood waters recede and the roadways can be re-opened. 

“We have now had the opportunity to evaluate the initial elevated gravel road application and based upon its success, have decided to use this technique to improve residents’ access to their property,” said Mayor Christopher. “We understand the frustration of the residents living in this area and appreciate their patience. The City is working diligently to determine the best ways to improve roadway conditions during these flood water challenges.”

Construction will begin on South Church Street on Monday, June 5th.

The Bay levels are long term and do not reverse quickly. Residents can expect the elevated levels to extend into the summer months.

REMINDERS:

The following streets are currently completely closed to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic:  South George, South John and South Church south of St. Paul Street. Harbour Drive is closed also. For the safety of all, please stay away as directed - submerged roads are unstable and can collapse. Victoria Park is closed to the public and boaters are asked to avoid entering Victoria Harbour to prevent wake damage.

In addition to vehicular and pedestrian traffic the Bayshore waterfront trails are closed. The City cautions residents to stay out of the water which has flooded onto municipal property.  Sharp objects and debris present potential injury.

Those with concerns regarding residential flooding should direct them to Fire Dispatch at 613-962-2010. Please leave contact information and someone will respond ¬and assess the situation. If you are concerned for possible basement flooding, relocate your items and disconnect electrical appliances – treat every electrical outlet in water as live.

Those looking for weather and flood update information are encouraged to visit the Weather Network, Environment Canada and Quinte Conservation websites.

For information concerning drinking water affected by flooding or keeping food safe during a power failure search emergency preparedness on the Health Unit website at: Hpepublichealth.ca

For more flood safety information or to find a licensed electrical contractor in your area visit: Esasafe.com\

The City will continue to monitor the flood situation, providing further updates as necessary.

City of Belleville - Water / Tax Portal


The City of Belleville is pleased to offer residents a direct on-line link to their Belleville Water and Tax Accounts.

  • Link your Property Tax and/or Water Account - using your account number and PIN are found on your bill
    or by
    contacting either the Water and/or Tax Department (613-968-6481) with valid identification, to obtain the necessary information to gain access to your accounts
  • Register - simply enter a valid email address and a password that contains a minimum of 8 characters and 1 of them must be a special character (!@#)
  • Start managing your accounts by entering your username and password once you are registered
  • Login anytime to view your account information

To access and register for this service please click on this link to:  my.city.belleville.on.ca

City Receives Exciting Funding News from MP Neil Ellis


Neil R. Ellis, Member of Parliament for Bay of Quinte, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, today announced that the City of Belleville and Prince Edward County Clean Water and Waste Water projects have been recently approved.


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Ceremonial Tree Planting at Mary-Anne Sills Park


On Tuesday, May 23 the City of Belleville held a ceremonial tree planting in Mary-Anne Sills Park, the City’s provincially known multi-use sports facility. The sugar maple tree was chosen for the occasion to mark the 150th year of the Canadian Confederation as it is the leaf of this tree depicted on our Canadian flag.

“We are proud Canadians and we are extremely proud of Mary-Anne Sills Park, our multi-sport facility which draws hundreds of visitors from across our province every year,” said Mayor Taso Christopher. “Planting this symbolic maple tree to mark Canada’s 150th Confederation is a fitting way to pay tribute to this milestone and further enhance this facility.”

In addition to the sugar maple tree, there will be ten blue beech trees, two ginkgo trees and two more sugar maples planted in the park prior to the Ontario OFSAA Track and Field meet to be held there in June. It was necessary to remove four spruce trees to accommodate the new walkways, facilitate maintenance and to create safety sight lines into the park. There were two silver maples lost during last summer’s drought.

City Parks and Open Space Manager Larry Glover added, “We are committed to enhancing and improving our outdoor spaces. The City is making major upgrades to the Park this spring and the planting of these trees is a visual compliment to the construction components. We are pleased these improvements will be completed in time to welcome thousands of visitors to the OFSAA meet in June.”

Mayor Taso Christopher, Councillor Thompson, City Parks and Open Space Manager Larry Glover, Tim Larry, Operations Manager for Belleville OFSAA Track and Field, and Belleville 2017 OFSSA Track and Field Committee Member Pat Foran attended the tree planting ceremony.

The Following Release was Issued by Quinte Conservation on May 18, 2017


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 18, 2017
QUINTE CONSERVATION FLOOD WARNING
REMAINS FOR BAY OF QUINTE AND LAKE ONTARIO

A Flood Warning remains in effect for shorelines on the Bay of Quinte and Lake Ontario in the Quinte Conservation watersheds. Based on the best available information from the federal government it appears Lake Ontario and the Bay of Quinte may peak within a week. Water Resources Manager Christine McClure says, “As long as there is minimal rainfall we could see a peak on Lake Ontario and the Bay of Quinte in the next several days. Unfortunately this does not mean immediate relief for those on the shorelines of Lake Ontario and the Bay of Quinte. We could still see increasing water levels of up to 30 centimetres on shorelines due to winds and wave action.  Once the levels do peak it will still take some time for them to reced e as they gradually decline over the summer and into the fall.”

McClure adds, “We have been receiving many reports of carp making their way into the floodwaters.  It is natural for them to spawn in shallow, warm water this time of year.  Our staff will not be making any rescue attempts for the carp.” Pedestrians and cyclists should take care during flooding conditions. Floodwater may be deeper and faster flowing than it appears and often contains hidden snags and debris.Parents and caregivers should keep children well away from floodwaters.  They are not safe for wading. Quinte Conservation staff will be monitoring conditions closely. A Flood Warning means flooding is imminent or already occurring in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities and individuals should take action to deal with flood conditions. This may include road closures and evacuations.

This message will be in effect until (or updated before) Wednesday May 31, 2017.

Quinte Conservation is a community - based environmental protection agency.  It serves 18 municipalities in the watersheds of the Moira, Napanee and Salmon Rivers and Prince Edward County.  It provides cost-effective environmental expertise and leadership.  Quinte Conservation’s main goal is to create a sustainable ecosystem where people and nature live in harmony. 

More information about Quinte Conservation is available at www.quinteconservation.ca

For more information contact:
Jennifer May-Anderson
Communications Manager
(613) 968-3434 ext. 125 OR (613) 354-3312 ext. 125

2017 Flood Update


The City of Belleville continues to experience flooding along the waterfront areas of Victoria Park and all streets south of St. Paul including South Front, South Church, South John and South George.  All of these areas are closed to the public including the Bayshore Trail and Riverfront Trail and will remain closed for some time as the water level on the Bay of Quinte is not expected to return to normal for an extended period of time.

Citizens are asked to avoid these areas completely as a safety precaution as the high water makes both vehicular and pedestrian travel unsafe on the roads and sidewalks in this area.  We strongly recommend that children be kept away from the flood waters and remind citizens that residents of the affected area are doing their best to protect their property and remain calm during this period and any unnecessary traffic or people in the area only incrfeases the potential for property damage and additional stress for the people affected.

The following photographs have been provided by City of Belleville staff to allow citizens to view the flooded areas and again an appreciation of the impact it is having without having to travel to those areas and as a request to please respect the privacy and dignity of those affected during this difficult time.

Click here to view the 2017 Flood Photo Gallery.

Updates on Steps Being Taken on Waterfront


The City of Belleville Emergency Control Group met Tuesday, May 16th at 2:00 p.m. to review the current status of water levels and determine the preventative actions to be taken to minimize resulting issues.

The weather forecast is for rain this weekend. Combined with westerly winds this will result in continued concerns for the waterfront area.  Residents should be aware these Bay levels are long term and do not reverse quickly. As a result they are not anticipated to recede until mid-June or July.

“We are communicating with the residents in the impacted area,” said Mayor Christopher. “Staff have sandbagged along Meyers Pier to minimize erosion and pier damage as much as possible.”

The following streets are completely closed to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic:  South George, South John and South Church south of St. Paul Street.  Harbour Drive is closed also. It is illegal to drive on closed roads and the police are monitoring the area. For the safety of all, please stay away as directed - submerged roads are unstable and can collapse. Victoria Park is closed to the public and boaters are asked to avoid entering Victoria Harbour to prevent wake damage.

In addition to vehicular and pedestrian traffic being restricted, the public must stay out of the area. All the Bayshore waterfront trails are closed. The City cautions residents to stay out of the water which has flooded onto municipal property.  Sharp objects and debris present potential injury. Public Health did a sweep for mosquito larva along the shoreline and it has been reported that flooding in open flood areas does not create conditions conducive to mosquito breeding. Public Health will continue to monitor this situation.

Those with concerns regarding residential flooding should direct them to Fire Dispatch at 613-962-2010. Please leave contact information and someone will respond ¬and assess the situation. Sandbags do not help with groundwater infiltration. If you are concerned for possible basement flooding, relocate your items and disconnect electrical appliances – treat every electrical outlet in water as live.

Those looking for weather and flood update information are encouraged to visit the Weather Network, Environment Canada and Quinte Conservation websites.

For information concerning drinking water affected by flooding or keeping food safe during a power failure search emergency preparedness on the Health Unit website at: Hpepublichealth.ca

For more flood safety information or to find a licensed electrical contractor in your area visit: Esasafe.com

The City will continue to monitor the flood situation, providing further updates as necessary.

City of Belleville Takes Additional Steps to Protect People and Roads at Waterfront


The City of Belleville Emergency Control Group met Monday, May 15th at 11:00 a.m. to review the current status of water levels and determine the preventative actions to be taken to minimize resulting issues.

Quinte Conservation advises that the Bay of Quinte continues to rise with water entering from the lakes and westward winds. Residents should be aware these Bay levels are long term and do not reverse quickly. As a result they are not anticipated to recede until mid-June or July.

Victoria Park is closed to the public. For safety purposes the following streets will now be completely closed to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic:  South George, South John and South Church south of St. Paul Street.  Harbour Drive is closed also. It is illegal to drive on closed roads and the police are monitoring the area.  Parking alternatives for residents of this area are being explored. For the safety of all, please stay away as directed - submerged roads are unstable and can collapse.

In addition to vehicular and pedestrian traffic being restricted, the public must stay out of the area. All the Bayshore waterfront trails are closed. The water is unsafe for people to wade, walk or swim - it contains unseen dangers – sharp objects and debris. The Health Unit will be checking for mosquito larva along the shoreline.

“Conditions are such that it is necessary to close certain waterfront roads completely,” said Mayor Christopher. “With the water levels as they are and continuing to rise and the damage this may do to our streets there is no alternative. We cannot emphasize enough the importance of people not walking in the water. This is extremely unsafe – the trails are closed, please respect these closures for the safety of you and your families.”

Those with concerns regarding residential flooding should direct them to Fire Dispatch at 613-962-2010. Please leave contact information and someone will respond ¬and assess the situation. Sandbags do not help with groundwater infiltration. If you are concerned for possible basement flooding, relocate your items and disconnect electrical appliances.

Those looking for weather and flood update information are encouraged to visit the Weather Network, Environment Canada and Quinte Conservation websites.

For information concerning drinking water affected by flooding or keeping food safe during a power failure search emergency preparedness on the Health Unit website at: Hpepublichealth.ca

For more flood safety information or to find a licensed electrical contractor in your area visit: Esasafe.com

The City will continue to monitor the flood situation, providing further updates as necessary.


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For more information:
Mark MacDonald
City of Belleville
firechief@city.belleville.on.ca

Community Garden Program Grows with TD Friends of the Environment Foundation Grant


The City of Belleville’s Community Garden program now has eight new raised garden beds thanks to a generous grant from the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) and a donation of landscape fabric from Battlefield Equipment bringing the total to eighty-nine plots at three separate locations. The program started in 2012 and has expanded on almost a yearly basis to accommodate growing interest.

A lottery draw is held each year to designate the garden beds to Belleville residents who applied to the program. In 2016, there was a waiting list of over thirty people prompting the City’s Green Task Force to apply to TD FEF for funding to expand the program yet again. The new beds can be found at the Bayview Heights Community Garden on the City’s east end. Made of rough-cut cedar and equipped with water taps, these new beds will soon be planted with vegetables and herbs.  The other City-run community gardens are located at Ponton Park on Dundas Street West and West Hill greenspace on Octavia Street.

“The demand we see each year for the community gardens is overwhelming and renews our commitment to supporting food production on public land where it makes sense to do so,” says Egerton Boyce, Belleville City Councilor and Chair of the City’s Green Task Force. “A huge thanks to TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and Battlefield Equipment for helping us expand this very important project.”

TD FEF has been helping to green communities across Canada since 1990. In recognition of Canada’s 150th birthday and Montreal’s 375th anniversary, TD launched the TD Common Ground Project that will result in investments in over 150 community parks and green spaces across the country.  The Bayview Heights Community Garden expansion project is just one recipient of this funding. 

“I’m thrilled TD Friends of the Environment Foundation had the opportunity to be part of this important project - this is truly amazing,” says Golda Lafferty, Branch Manager of TD Bank on Front Street in Belleville. “Through working with municipalities like the City of Belleville, we’ve seen how important our parks and greenspaces are to building strong, inclusive and vibrant communities – and community gardens are no exception. They allow us to come together to share experiences and collaborate on how Canada’s outdoors can be used to bring more people together.”

Over the last decade, there has been a resurgence in community gardening across Ontario as residents look for ways to stay active, eat healthy and seek greater control of their food supply. To learn more about the City of Belleville’s Community Garden program, please visit: www.belleville.ca/recreation/page/community-gardens.

For information on TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, please visit: https://fef.td.com/.

Belleville Launches New Belleville Inclusion Committee Logo


As a member of the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination, the City of Belleville created the Belleville Inclusion Committee Chaired by Councillor Garnet Thompson. The Inclusion Committee is made up of representatives of various groups from around the City with a mandate to promote acceptance and inclusiveness throughout the community.

As part of this mandate, in an effort to engage the community in this important pursuit, a contest was held asking the public to suggest slogans and logos that represent the inclusive objectives of the community. More than 100 submissions were received and the winning logo was unveiled at an event on May 10th.

The winning submission was created by Holly Morton, a grade seven student from Harry J. Clarke Public School in Belleville.  The image shows every different colour, size and shape of crayon in a box which can be a metaphor for every different colour, size and shape of person working together to create something beautiful. The Inclusion Committee unanimously agreed the image truly represents the kind of community Belleville is becoming. 

Inclusion Committee Chair Councillor Garnet Thompson declared, “ The logo submission from Holly Morton is truly a reflection of how inclusive communities work – the contest allowed the City to engage the community in the conversation around inclusivity and the resulting logo will be used by the Committee in their work for years to come.”

“Belleville is becoming a multi-cultural inclusive community and the work of the City and the Committee will only move Belleville further along the path of ensuring every citizen can contribute their best to make Belleville an even better place to live, work, play and invest,” stated Mayor Taso Christopher. 

Window clings, stickers and pins featuring the new logo and the tag line “Stronger Together” are now available for pick up at Belleville City Hall and every business, organization and institution is encouraged to display the new logo proudly in their building to ensure everyone knows Belleville is Inclusive.

For more information on the work of the committee or how to use the new logo, please contact the Economic and Strategic Initiatives department at Belleville City Hall.

Quinte Conservation Release - FLOOD WARNING REMAINS


FOR ALL AREAS IN THE QUINTE CONSERVATION WATERSHEDS; DANGER OF ROAD WASHOUTS AND RIVERBANK FLOODING ALONG NAPANEE RIVER SYSTEM

A Flood Warning remains in effect for all areas in the Quinte Conservation watersheds, but there are significant concerns for areas along the Napanee River system.  General Manager Terry Murphy says, “We are warning all residents along the Napanee River system from Napanee to north of Depot Lakes that this flood will be worse than the one in 2014.  Due to heavy rains and beaver dams washing out there is the danger that roads may wash out and there could be flooding along the river banks.”

A Flood Warning means flooding is imminent or already occurring in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities and individuals should take action to deal with flood conditions. This may include road closures and evacuations.

Residents living in low lying, floodplain areas are reminded that septic systems and drinking water supplies may be compromised in flooded areas and should contact the Health Unit if they are concerned.  Local municipalities are the first to respond to, and assist with, flood emergencies.  Residents requiring assistance should contact their local municipality.

Quinte Conservation is urging the public to exercise caution around all watercourses due to strong currents and cold water temperatures. Stream banks may be slippery and treacherous.  Dams and other water control structures should be avoided at all times.

Murphy adds, “Most of the tributaries in the northern part of the Moira River watershed have peaked and we expect the lower Moira River to peak on Tuesday.  The flooding along the Moira River will not be as bad as it was in 2014, unless we receive more heavy rains.”

The rising water levels combined with wind and waves on Lake Ontario and the Bay of Quinte could cause damage to property on the shoreline or erosion due to high water, wind, and waves.  Boaters and anglers should be aware that increased floating debris will make boating conditions hazardous.  Boaters and residents should also take care around boat launches and docks during this time of high water.

Quinte Conservation staff will be monitoring conditions closely. 

This message will be in effect until (or updated before) Tuesday, May 9, 2017.

Quinte Conservation is a community-based environmental protection agency.  It serves 18 municipalities in the watersheds of the Moira, Napanee and Salmon Rivers and Prince Edward County.  It provides cost-effective environmental expertise and leadership.  Quinte Conservation’s main goal is to create a sustainable ecosystem where people and nature live in harmony.  More information about Quinte Conservation is available at www.quinteconservation.ca.

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For more information contact: Jennifer May-Anderson, Communications Manager
(613) 968-3434 ext. 125 OR (613) 354-3312 ext. 125

Media Release - Flood Update - May 7, 2017


BELLEVILLE - The City of Belleville Emergency Control Group met Sunday May 7th at 1 p.m. to review the current status of water levels and determine the preventative actions to be taken to minimize resulting issues.


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City of Belleville Continues to Update Shoreline Water Level Information


The City of Belleville Emergency Control Group met Saturday, May 6th at 1:00 p.m. to review the current status of shoreline water levels and determine the preventative actions to be taken to minimize resulting issues.

Residents should be aware these Bay of Quinte levels are long term and do not reverse quickly. The heightened water levels along our shoreline are a result of increased lake levels and these are not anticipated to recede until mid-June or July.

The level of the Moira River has increased. If rainfall ceases this weekend as predicted, it will not be until Monday or Tuesday when the levels peak and begin to decrease.  Extra staff is prepared to assist residents with issues along the river shoreline. The City is contacting a select number of residents whose homes are at risk in the Foxboro area with the intent of providing them with sand bags and assistance in preparing to diminish flood issues.

For safety purposes these shoreline streets are closed south of St. Paul Street:  South George, South John, South Church, Harbour Drive and Keegan Parkway east of Foster Avenue. Other closures include James Street and Morgan Road. All waterfront trails are closed.

It is illegal to drive on closed roads and the police will be monitoring the area. For the safety of all, please stay away as directed - submerged roads are unstable and can collapse.

Those with concerns regarding residential flooding should direct them to Fire Dispatch at 613-962-2010. Please leave contact information and someone will respond ¬and assess the situation. Sandbags do not help with groundwater infiltration. If you are concerned for possible basement flooding, relocate your items and disconnect electrical appliances.

“We cannot stress enough the importance of residents avoiding our shoreline areas during this time,” said Mayor Christopher. “The City is exercising every precaution available to ensure the safety of our residents.”

The public is encouraged to visit the Weather Network, Environment Canada and Quinte Conservation websites for weather related information.

For information concerning drinking water affected by flooding or keeping food safe during a power failure search emergency preparedness on the Health Unit website at: Hpepublichealth.ca

For more flood safety information or to find a licensed electrical contractor in your area visit: Esasafe.com

The City will continue to monitor the flooding situation provide further updates as necessary.

Flood Warning Issued For All Areas In The Quinte Conservation Watersheds


Notice below has just been released by Quinte Conservation.

 

 

A Flood Warning has been issued for all areas in the Quinte Conservation watersheds.  This includes all lakes, rivers, streams, and the shorelines of Lake Ontario and the Bay of Quinte.  Water Resources Manager Christine McClure says, “We have received almost twice the normal amount of rain for the entire month of May in the first week.  We anticipate that all rivers will, or already have, overtopped their banks.  The Bay of Quinte and Lake Ontario are approaching 1 in 100 year flood levels.”

A Flood Warning means flooding is imminent or already occurring in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities and individuals should take action to deal with flood conditions. This may include road closures and evacuations.

McClure explains, “The most recent rain ran off more quickly because the ground was already saturated and creeks, streams and wetlands were already full.  We are predicting that this flooding situation will be similar to, but not as bad, as the one in 2014.”

Residents living in low lying, floodplain areas are reminded that septic systems and drinking water supplies may be compromised in flooded areas and should contact the Health Unit if they are concerned.  Local municipalities are the first to respond to, and assist with, flood emergencies.  Residents requiring assistance should contact their local municipality.

Quinte Conservation is urging the public to exercise caution around all watercourses due to strong currents and cold water temperatures. Stream banks may be slippery and treacherous.  Dams and other water control structures should be avoided at all times.

The rising water levels combined with wind and waves on Lake Ontario and the Bay of Quinte could cause damage to property on the shoreline or erosion due to high water, wind, and waves.  Boaters and anglers should be aware that increased floating debris will make boating conditions hazardous.  Boaters and residents should also take care around boat launches and docks during this time of high water.

Quinte Conservation staff will be monitoring conditions closely. 

This message will be in effect until (or updated before) Tuesday, May 9, 2017.

Quinte Conservation is a community-based environmental protection agency.  It serves 18 municipalities in the watersheds of the Moira, Napanee and Salmon Rivers and Prince Edward County.  It provides cost-effective environmental expertise and leadership.  Quinte Conservation’s main goal is to create a sustainable ecosystem where people and nature live in harmony.  More information about Quinte Conservation is available at www.quinteconservation.ca.


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For more information contact:           Jennifer May-Anderson, Communications Manager
(613) 968-3434 ext. 125 OR (613) 354-3312 ext. 125

City of Belleville Updates Shoreline Water Level Information


The City of Belleville Emergency Control Group met Friday, May 5th at 1:00 p.m. to determine the current status of shoreline water levels and the preventative actions to be taken to minimize resulting issues.

For safety purposes these shoreline streets are closed south of St. Paul Street:  South George, South John, South Church, Harbour Drive.

It is illegal to drive on closed roads and the police will be monitoring the area. For the safety of all, please stay away as submerged roads are unstable and can collapse.

Councillor Boyce assessed the waterfront directly with City staff this morning and says, “We will continue to monitor the flooding situation and we are asking the public to avoid the shoreline until the event has stabilized.”

The need for sandbags to contain surface water issues does not appear to be necessary at this time but will be distributed if required.  Concerns can be directed to Fire Dispatch at 613-962-2010. Please leave contact information and someone will respond and assess the situation. Sandbags do not help with groundwater infiltration. If you are concerned for possible basement flooding, relocate your items and disconnect electrical appliances.

Mayor Christopher said, “…the City has taken a number of steps for the safety of our residents already and we are prepared to deploy more resources should the situation worsen.”

The public is encouraged to visit the Weather Network, Environment Canada and Quinte Conservation websites for weather related information.

The City will provide further updates as necessary.

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For more information:
Mark MacDonald
City of Belleville
firechief@city.belleville.on.ca

City of Belleville Encourages Residents to Avoid Shorelines at this Time


The City of Belleville continues to monitor water levels and take action as required to minimize disruption and damage resulting from heavy rainfall elevating water levels in streams, rivers and the Bay of Quinte.

Please note the information below and avoid the following areas at this time:
• South George and South John are closed to vehicle traffic. It is illegal to travel on a closed road.
• South Church remains open for local residents only to travel to and from their homes. Unnecessary driving on this street is causing wake damage to lawns and can undermine the road and curbs.
• Avoid the area south of St. Paul Street.
• Avoid all waterfront trails at this time
• Victoria Harbour should be avoided to minimize traffic on the roadway as the river mouth level is very close to topping the shoreline.

“Understandably, for safety reasons, residents are asked to avoid these areas until the water levels recede,” explained Director of Emergency Services/Fire Chief Mark MacDonald. “Strong currents and cold water temperatures are dangerous partners and would quickly immobilize anyone falling in the water. This is a time to enjoy your view of the water from a safe distance.”

The City will continue to monitor the situation and if conditions are predicted to escalate, the City has sandbags and supplies available.

City of Belleville Updates Keep Mary-Anne Sills Park on Provincial Playing Field


The Mary-Anne Sills Park in the City of Belleville is known throughout the province as a leading multi-use sports facility. This spring, the City is completing major upgrades to the Park which in addition to providing our community with an amazing sports facility, will also continue to position the Park as a major contender as a destination facility for provincial tournaments.

The Park upgrades will include the following:

• Paving the parking lot
• Asphalt surfacing of the walkways adjacent to Field#1/Bruce Faulds Track
• Installing Wi-Fi capability for tournament use in the Park
• Constructing storage buildings for City owned athletic equipment

“As a City we pride ourselves on being able to welcome athletes with their friends and families to this exceptional facility,” said Mayor Taso Christopher. “This June the Ontario OFSAA Track and Field meet will be held here, attracting an estimated 2,400 athletes, 600 coaches and approximately 5,000 spectators to our community. Then in July, we’re hosting the Junior Ultimate Frisbee Championship Tournament, featuring more than 300 athletes. These bookings are only some of the great opportunities this facility gives us to showcase Belleville in its entirety and we encourage all residents to make our visitors feel welcome.”

City Parks and Open Space Manager Larry Glover added, “While there will not be direct work on the fields or facilities that will prevent currently scheduled league games, track meets or tournaments from occurring, there will inevitably be some inconvenience as a result of the construction. Thank you for your patience as we complete these upgrades.”

For more information:
Marilyn Warren
Communications Coordinator
City of Belleville
mwarren@city.belleville.on.ca
613-967-3200, ext. 3263

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