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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 College Street 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 195 College Street West 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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Media Release: Downtown Plaques (click to download)

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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Complete Press Release & Background Information from Neil Ellis, MP Bay of Quinte (click to download)

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

Quinte Conservation Issues Water Safety Statement for Boaters on the Bay of Quinte


Quinte Conservation is issuing a Water Safety Statement for boaters due to high water levels and debris in the Bay of Quinte. General Manager Terry Murphy says, “ Water levels are high on the Bay of Quinte and due to wind and waves there are increased amounts of debris such as logs in the water.  This weekend is the opening of walleye season and there will be increased boat traffic on the Bay.  We want boaters and anglers to be aware of this potential safety hazard on the water.”

Boaters and residents should also take care around boat launches and docks during this time of high water.

Quinte Conservation issues Water Safety Statements regarding changing conditions in the watershed. A Water Safety Statement indicates that high flows, unsafe banks, or other factors could be dangerous for users such as anglers, boaters, swimmers, children or pets.

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

OLG makes Fourth-Quarter Payment to Belleville


The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) today issued a fourth-quarter (January to March, 2017) non-tax gaming revenue payment of $575,749 to the City of Belleville for hosting Shorelines Casino Belleville.

“Revenue from OLG gaming sites provide host communities more funding to support important local infrastructure and community programs,” said Charles Sousa, Ontario’s Minister of Finance. “These funds also help support other public services for people across the province like health care and education.”

These payments are made under an equitable formula in the Municipality Contribution Agreement that determines the funds municipalities receive for hosting an OLG gaming facility and are based on an escalating scale of gaming revenue that is consistent across all sites in Ontario.

At approximately $2 billion annually, OLG provides the Ontario government with its largest source of non-tax revenue. Modernization will help OLG provide more money to Ontario for hospitals and other government priorities.

In fiscal 2016-2017, the province allocated $115 million in gaming revenue to support charities through the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Every year, the Government of Ontario allocates funding to the province’s problem gambling program for research, treatment and prevention. The amount for fiscal 2016-2017 was $38 million.

OLG is the Ontario government agency that delivers gaming entertainment in a socially responsible manner. OLG conducts and manages gaming facilities, the sale of province-wide lottery games, PlayOLG Internet gaming, the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres and is helping to build a more sustainable horse racing industry in Ontario. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $44 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. These payments to the province support the operation of hospitals, amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program, local and provincial charities and problem gambling prevention, treatment and research.

Inclusion Committee to Present City Hall Flag to Quebec City


The City of Belleville Inclusion Committee is pleased to announce that on Monday, May 1st Members of the Committee, accompanied by Mayor Taso Christopher, Imam Mohammad Saleh and members of the Belleville Islamic Community, will travel to Ottawa to present the Canadian flag that was flown at half-mast during Belleville’s February 2, 2017 Vigil.

“Our community was stricken by the unthinkable tragedy Quebec City experienced when the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec was attacked,” said Mayor Christopher. “Hundreds of residents gathered in Market Square on the night of the Vigil, to grieve for those lost and those impacted by their loss. The Belleville community stands united in its resolve to welcome all cultures and religions to our City.”

With the assistance of Bay of Quinte MP Neil Ellis, arrangements have been made for the Committee to take MP Joel Lightbound the flag for him to present to the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec, which is located in MP Lightbound’s Quebec City Louis-Hébert riding.

“The flag is being presented to the citizens of Quebec City in solidarity and in memory of those lost,” added Councillor Garnet Thompson, Inclusion Committee Chair. “We share their sadness and pain, and are honoured to travel to Ottawa to present this flag on behalf of the citizens of Belleville.”

City of Belleville and Belleville Chamber of Commerce Present Unique Gift to Shorelines Casino Bell


Monday, April 24th The City of Belleville and Belleville Chamber of Commerce were pleased to present Executive Director Andy LaCroix and General Manager Ron Urquhart from Shorelines Casino, with a beautiful, hand-crafted casino bowl and dice created by local artist Peter Sporring. The one-of-a-kind gift was extended as a welcoming gesture to the Casino, a valued addition to the Belleville community.

“This beautifully crafted gift by Mr. Sporring is a meaningful welcome for our new community members at Shorelines Casino,” stated Mayor Taso Christopher. “It represents our commitment to nurturing a long and successful relationship with Shorelines in the City of Belleville.”

The handsome, seven-inch, segmented lidded bowl made of local white birch and walnut, with dice of Texas ebony, resulted from Sporring’s inspiration when he learned the casino construction on Bell Boulevard was underway in 2016.

“The casino was the talk of the town,” said 73-year-old Sporring. “My subconscious was tuned in to that when I entered my workshop. I am deeply honoured to have my work become a part of the City’s history.”  Sporring, a lifetime woodworker and Belleville resident for the past 20 years, joined the Quinte Woodturners Guild in 2016 and attributes the Guild and inspiration from his daily surroundings, for challenging his creativity.

Bill Saunders, retired CEO of the Belleville Chamber of Commerce, who was involved throughout the process of welcoming the new business to Belleville, noted, "We have come to realize Shorelines is more than a casino.  It truly is an entertainment centre developed and managed by a very professional and forward thinking team. This complex will be the touch point from which Belleville will expand and broaden our economic future."

"The Casino opening was one of my very first public events as incoming CEO, and it demonstrated to me how important the relationship between the Chamber and City is for the purpose of welcoming new business and development to Belleville,” added Jill Raycroft, CEO Belleville Chamber of Commerce. “We look forward to celebrating Shorelines ongoing participation and investment in the community.”

Belleville Recognized with Bronze Award at Annual Ontario Bike Summit


T he Share the Road Cycling Coalition (Share the Road) announced on April 11 the latest Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) awards for Ontario. The City of Belleville is proud to be a bronze award recipient.

“The ongoing growth of the Bicycle Friendly Communities Program is reflective of the increasing interest in cycling among municipalities in Ontario,” said Jamie Stuckless, Executive Director of Share the Road. “Our research tells us that 70% of Ontario residents want to see more cycling infrastructure like bike lanes and trails where they live, and municipal and provincial leaders are responding to this demand.”

In this recent round of awards, communities ranging in size from nearly 600,000 residents to just under 11,000 are being recognized. “We see demand for cycling in communities of all shapes and sizes,” said Stuckless. “Whether it’s a large urban area or a small rural town, people want to live in vibrant communities that allow them to be active and have safe transportation choices.”

Heading into its seventh year of operation in Ontario, the BFC Program has resulted in a total of 39 designations – 2 Gold, 7 Silver and 30 Bronze. No Ontario community has yet achieved Platinum or Diamond status. “Each community that applies to the program has its own unique character, and the BFC Program is designed to recognize the individuality of each community that applies.” said Stuckless, “At the same time, we see some common elements that are shared by most BFCs, including the development of an Active Transportation Plan, having an Active Transportation Advisory Committee and staff resources dedicated to cycling, and participating in Bike Month celebrations.” These represent a great place to start for communities that want to make cycling safer and more accessible.

“Last year, we opened our first on-street bike lanes on Yeomans Street and North Park Street, and completed the Dundas Street West pathway connecting Zwick’s Park to our newly revitalized downtown – a great complement to our extensive trail system,” said Mayor Christopher, City of Belleville. “As a result of these investments and a concerted effort by Public Health and other groups, cycling awareness has grown substantially in our community. It’s great to be recognized for these accomplishments and more through the Bicycle Friendly Communities award and I hope our residents and visitors alike take full advantage of these new amenities.”

“This award speaks to the commitment of Council and the dedication of City staff and community groups to making cycling a priority in Belleville,” added Councillor Boyce. “Council was a driving force for the incredible investments made in cycling infrastructure since the adoption of our Transportation Master Plan. We have made great strides in a short period of time and with the establishment of the City’s Active Transportation Committee, we’re set to see even greater gains in the years ahead.”

About the Bicycle Friendly Community Awards and Share the Road

The Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC) Program, an initiative of the Washington-based League of American Bicyclists, was launched in Ontario in 2010 by Share the Road with support from the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) South Central Ontario. The program provides incentives, hands-on assistance and award-recognition for communities that actively support bicycling. Municipalities are judged in five categories often referred to as the Five “E’s” of being bicycle friendly: Engineering, Education, Enforcement, Encouragement and Evaluation & Planning. A community must demonstrate achievements in each of the five categories in order to be considered for an award. The Award categories are: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond.

Share the Road is a provincial non-profit organization working to build a bicycle friendly Ontario. We work in partnership with municipal, provincial and federal governments, the business community, road safety organizations and other non-profits to:
• Enhance access for bicyclists on roads and trails
• Improve safety for all bicyclists
• Educate citizens on the value and importance of safe bicycling for healthy lifestyles and healthy communities.

Newly Renovated City Hall Foyer Officially Open


The newly renovated foyer is a beautiful transformation which has not only made the entryway compliant with accessibility requirements, but it has struck an esthetic balance which compliments the historical features of the building while aligning with the convenience of modern design. The public is encouraged to visit City Hall at their convenience to see this beautiful new gateway.

City Hall Foyer Officially Reopens


BELLEVILLE – The City of Belleville is pleased to host an official reopening ceremony for the newly renovated front foyer of City Hall on Thursday, March 30th at 9:00 a.m. The construction work, which began in October, is now complete and the result is a beautiful transformation which has not only made the entryway compliant with accessibility requirements, but it has struck an esthetic balance which compliments the historical features of the building while aligning with the convenience of modern design.
“The result of this renovation is truly amazing,” said Mayor Taso Christopher. “Residents and visitors now enter City Hall and are greeted with facilities which are welcoming and accessible to all. The ease of modern technology has been applied without compromising the historical integrity of the building.”
The elevator now extends from the lobby to the fourth floor and height adjustable counter tops are installed in Finance and Corporate Service areas on the first floor. The foyer features displays of historical artifacts and video information for residents and tourists alike.
Mayor Christopher and Council have invited special guests, Mr. Gerry Boyce (historian) and Mr. William White (architect) to be a part of Thursday’s ceremony.
The public is encouraged to visit City Hall at their convenience to see this beautiful new gateway.

Lighting Display Receives Generous Donation


Madison Excavating & Landscaping Inc. made a generous $10,000 donation to the Christmas Lighting Display committee. Thank you for supporting this beautiful community holiday season initiative. Donations to this wonderful family-oriented display are always gratefully accepted.

Left to Right: Councillor Boyce; Councillor Denyes; Councillor Thompson; Owners John Madison & Jamie Simpson; Lighting Display committee members Peter & Annis Ross and Heather Henderson; Karen Poste Manager of Economic Development & Strategic Initiatives and Larry Glover Parks Manager.

Belleville Fire Department Receives Donation from Enbridge


Enbridge Cheque Presentation; L to R. Councillor Garnet Thompson; Station Commander - Stations 4 & 5, Cliff Christopher; Brent Bullough - community engagement advisor at Enbridge and Deputy Fire Chief Ray Ellis


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Future is Immigration for Small Towns on Bay of Quinte


The latest census shows more than 200 Canadian towns saw their populations fall in the last five years. One Ontario community is trying to sustain its population and economic growth through immigration.

Complete Article (Toronto Star)

Community Garden Plots Open to Citizens of Belleville


On Friday, February 24, the City of Belleville will begin accepting applications from Belleville residents wishing to grow their own vegetables in a community garden. The Community Garden program began in 2012 as an initiative of the City of Belleville’s Green Task Force.

“In addition to growing food, community gardens offer a space where people from different backgrounds and of all ages can connect, share their skills and learn from each other,” says Councilor Egerton Boyce, Chair of the Green Task Force. “They have proven so popular that we have decided to add eight additional plots at the Bayview Heights Community garden this year with the generous support of TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.”

"That community garden plot of earth that I have turned; planted seed and sprout; watered and weeded has gifted me with not only an abundance of vegetables and herbs but blossoming friendships with my fellow gardeners. We share hoses, sprinklers, trowels and tours of each other’s masterpieces. We share praise and produce. We connect with the earth, fresh air and sunshine,” adds Community Gardener and member of the Green Task Force Ruth Hatton.  

The only prerequisite for submitting a plot application is that applicants must be a City of Belleville resident. Community gardening can be for anyone. It’s a wonderful opportunity to grow fresh healthy food and meet others wishing to do the same.

Applications are being accepted until March 24th.  A lottery draw takes place each year. Previous community gardeners are required to re-apply each year.

Current City-run community garden locations:

• Ponton Park, 251 Dundas St W
• West Hill, 41 Octavia St
• Bayview Heights, 75 Bay Drive

City of Belleville residents can apply by:
Website:   http://belleville.ca/recreation/page/community-gardens
Email:   gardens@city.belleville.on.ca
Phone:  613-967-3200 ext. 3219
In-person:  City Hall, 169 Front St
Applications available at: City Hall, Belleville Public Library, Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre, Public Works (75 Wallbridge Cres.)

City Concerned with Residents’ Safety


The City of Belleville Building Department, and Fire and Emergency Services Department, have issued Orders against the property at 228 Dundas Street East in Belleville respecting contraventions of the Fire Code and the Building Code Act. To date, these Orders have not been complied with. Despite extensive efforts on the part of the City to work with the owners and various stakeholders to resolve the outstanding issues, no viable plan to bring the property into compliance with the Orders has been provided by the owner to the City. If the Orders continue to be contravened, the City may be required to take enforcement steps which could include orders prohibiting occupancy until the property is brought into compliance.

“The safety of the residents is the primary concern of the City of Belleville, County of Hastings and all of the support agencies,” said Fire Chief Mark MacDonald. “All are working cooperatively to ensure the safety and security of the residents at Bel Marine.”

The various agencies supporting many of the residents in the building have informed the City that due to the ongoing concerns, they are assisting with the relocation of the tenants. The City supports such a move as it will assist in protecting the health and safety of the occupants, including staff and residents, pending completion of the necessary remedial work.

Mayor Taso Christopher added, “Several agencies, the City and the County of Hastings are working with local landlords and hotels to ensure that everyone has a warm, safe place to stay.”

Public Transit Infrastructure Funding Announcement


Bay of Quinte MP Neil Ellis, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, held a funding announcement at the Robert E. Ladoucier Transit Centre in Belleville. The funds will enable the City to update bus facilities, install new bus shelters and add new services like WiFi to the buses to improve passenger experiences and operational efficiencies. The nearly $3 million investment, which is part of the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund, is a combined effort with $1.5 million from the federal government and another $1.5 provided by the municipality through funds collected from the provincial gas tax program. A large portion of the funding will help to expand and modernize the current transit facility on Coleman Street  and enable the City to add ten new bus shelters across the transit network.

"Modern public transit will help make municipalities across Ontario stronger, more inclusive and sustainable, and I'm very pleased to see how this funding program will benefit Bay of Quinte throught the projects we're celebrating today."

Mr. Neil Ellis, Member of Parliament for Bay of Quinte 

"The projects that will be undertaken with the $2.9 million dollar  funding commitment announced today will allow the City of Belleville to offer enhanced transit service to our citizens and attract higher ridership numbers. A sincere thank you is extended to the Government of Canada and Province of Ontario for investing in the City's future to ensure the comfort of our current public transit ridership, future ridership demands, and for recognizing the importance of efficient and sustainable transit infrastructure."

Mayor Taso Christopher

Photo: Mayor Christopher pleased to receive news of today's funding announcement.

Candlelight Vigil for Those Lost in the Attack on Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec


The downtown march and vigil led by Mayor Christopher, Mohammad Saleh, Imam of the Belleville Mosque and the Belleville Inclusion Committee on February 2nd, was a powerful way for our community to express grief for those lost in the attack on Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec (Islamic cultural centre of Quebec). Residents joined the walk in solidarity from the Islamic Society of Belleville Mosque to Market Square as they showed their support for those who lost their lives, the injured and their loved ones.

The gathering at Market Square behind City Hall was a moving ceremony with heartfelt messages from Mayor Christopher, MPP Todd Smith, Abby Ellis representing her father MP Neil Ellis, Dr. Aruna Alexander, Councillor Thompson and Mohammad Saleh, Imam of the Belleville Mosque.

“We stand beside you and we will not tolerate hatred or violence in any form in our City, our community, our province and our country,” stated Mayor Taso Christopher.

“Together as Canadians we share one another's sadness and pain. Together we resolve to uphold our Nation’s values and together we will continue to welcome all cultures and all religions as part of our community. We will educate the next generation and continue to build a Belleville where peace, justice and prosperity can flourish,” added Dr. Aruna Alexander as part of her Christian prayer at the ceremony closing.

Downtown Evening Vigil for Quebec Mosque Victims


BELLEVILLE – The City of Belleville encourages members of the community to be a part of Thursday evening’s downtown vigil as a way of expressing grief and respect for those lost in the attack on le Centre Culturel Islamiquede Quebec. The walk from the Islamic Society of Belleville Mosque to Market Square will join residents in solidarity as they show their support for those who lost their lives, the injured and their loved ones.

The community is asked to meet at the Mosque at 33 Moira Street West (the corner of Coleman Street and Moira Street) at 6:30 p.m. The route will travel along Moira Street to the upper bridge, across the bridge and south down Front Street to McAnnany Street. The group will walk to Market Square where at approximately 7:00 p.m. City officials will address the group and Mohammad Saleh, Imam of the Belleville Mosque will conclude the vigil behind City Hall.

Our deepest condolences are with the Belleville Muslim Community and the families in Quebec mourning their loved ones.



Contact:
Marilyn Warren, Communications Coordinator
Tel: 613-967-3200, ext. 3263
Email: mwarren@city.belleville.on.ca

Downtown Evening Vigil for Quebec Mosque Victims


The City of Belleville encourages members of the community to be a part of Thursday evening’s downtown vigil as a way of expressing grief and respect for those lost in the attack on Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec. The walk from the Islamic Society of Belleville Mosque to Market Square will join residents in solidarity as they show their support for those who lost their lives, the injured and their loved ones.

The community is asked to meet at the Mosque at 33 Moira Street West (the corner of Coleman Street and Moira Street) at 6:30 p.m. The route will travel along Moira Street to the upper bridge, across the bridge and south down Front Street to McAnnany Street. The group will walk to Market Square where at approximately 7:00 p.m. City officials will address the group and Mohammad Saleh, Imam of the Belleville Mosque will conclude the vigil behind City Hall.

Our deepest condolences are with the Belleville Muslim Community and the families in Quebec mourning their loved ones.

Feed the Meter Campaign Cheque Presentation at City Hall


BELLEVILLE – The City of Belleville was proud to present $39,031.00 to the Food for Learning Feed the Meter campaign. Mayor Christopher stressed the importance of the campaign and thanked the volunteers and sponsors for their commitment to such an important initiative. In addition to the Mayor and Council offering free parking in the downtown core during December, this year the revenue was increased by the City extending the free parking period to include October and November while Phase ll construction was being completed.

The City’s Feed the Meter donations have increased steadily each year. Thank you to all ‘Meter Feeders’ for helping to support the student nutrition program.

Photo Caption L to R: Amy Clemons - Recruitment Consultant, Adecco, Don Udall – Manager, Vision Transportation, Mayor Taso Christopher, Maribeth deSnoo - Executive Director, Learning Foundation, Loris Clarke – President Whitley Insurance and Geoff Cudmore – Chair of Learning Foundation Board.

Outstanding Achievement in Heritage Revitalization Awards


Heritage Belleville is seeking nominations for its annual awards for Outstanding Achievement in Heritage Revitalization. Members of the public are invited to nominate those they feel have contributed to the revitalization of a heritage building or property in the Belleville community. This provides an opportunity to recognize the efforts of individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to either restoring or revitalizing an historical building or landmark. Previous winners of the Heritage Belleville award include Paul Dinkel, St. Michael Catholic School, Bridge Street United Church, Sir James Whitney School for the Deaf, Core Harvest Ministries, Zubin Gillespie, and the City of Belleville for its restoration of the United Empire Loyalist monument.

For further information please review the following documents:

Application Invitation

Nomination Form

Change of Command and Swearing in Ceremony


Mayor Taso Christopher, Chair and Members of the Belleville Police Services Board were pleased to hold the Change of Command and Swearing in Ceremony today for Chief Ronald J. Gignac and Deputy Chief Michael T. Callaghan at the Quinte Courthouse on Bridge Street West. 

Chief Gignac said, "Whatever we face, we will face together. Rank defines you less than the courage and love you have in your heart.  With you as my witnesses here today  - I promise you, I'm all in."

Deputy Chief Callaghan added, "We're here because we want to be.  We will support you and be here to serve you."

Mayor Christopher stated the two officers had already been a welcome addition to the team. "Congratulations and welcome to our community."

Shorelines Casino Holds Grand Opening in Belleville


Crowds were lined up an hour prior to the opening of the new Shorelines Casino in Belleville this afternoon in anticipation of catching the first glimpse of this exciting new recreational facility.

Greg McKenzie, Chief Operating Officer of OLG, explained that OLG's involvement with this Casino would be an ongoing one which would foster a healthy, sustainable player base through education, risk reduction and player assistance. "We are very proud that Shorelines Casino Belleville is home to the first PlaySmart Centre in the province. This robust and innovative centre offers interactive resources and information to help all players build gambling knowledge and positive play habits."

Mayor Christopher voiced the City's excitement in welcoming the Casino to the community and thanked all those who contributed to the completion of this collaborative initiative. "The past twelve months have held many great things for our City and today's Grand Opening of Shorelines Casino Belleville is the most recent of these monumental achievments. It was only nine months ago we stood on this property for the official groundbreaking ceremony and look what has been accomplished in that short length of time.  Viva BelleVegas!"

New Year’s Civic Levee 2017



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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 you and your families will join me at the New Year’s Levee on January 1st at the Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre at 11:30 a.m. - help us celebrate the coming of another great year.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!


Mayor Taso A. Christopher


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Bay Bridge Road and Dundas Street West Reconstruction Update


The City of Belleville is pleased to report on the progress of the Bay Bridge Road and Dundas Street West Reconstruction Project. The Project is winding down for a scheduled winter break but will resume activity in the spring of 2017.

The Bay Bridge Road and Dundas Street West Reconstruction Project is one of the City’s largest Build Belleville projects. It includes the replacement of the Bay Bridge Road CP Rail Overhead Structure, the reconstruction of Dundas Street West from Coleman Street to Bay Bridge Road, and the resurfacing of Dundas Street West from Bay Bridge Road to Sidney Street.

“This project is a game-changer for the City of Belleville,” says Mayor Christopher. “In addition to addressing aging infrastructure issues, this project will significantly improve the daily flow of thousands of people to the City to visit and do business.”

Notable achievements in 2016 for this complex project included the replacement of the 50 year-old overpass with a brand new five-lane structure; 1.3 kilometers of total road reconstruction on Dundas Street West and Bay Bridge Road; the addition of turning lanes; the replacement of 0.5 kilometers of watermain that was constructed in the 1930s; the construction of a 1.3 kilometer multi-use path and the addition of 1380 square metres of retaining walls.

In 2017, residents and commuters will see the completion of impressive gateway features that will include a public viewing area overlooking the Bay and Zwicks Park, modern landscape design elements and the completion of a multi-use pathway that will connect cyclists and joggers/walkers to the waterfront trail network.

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

UNIFOR Local 1839 (Transit Workers) Settlement


BELLEVILLE – The City of Belleville and Unifor representing City of Belleville Transit workers, Local 1839 are pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached for a renewal Collective Agreement, and has been ratified by the respective parties. 

Members of Unifor Local 1839 voted to accept the proposed settlement on November 26, 2016 and Council approved the settlement on Monday, November 28, 2016 at an in-camera session of Council.

“This four-year agreement is similar to recent agreements between other municipalities and their unionized transit employees,” said Mayor Taso A. Christopher.

The agreement gives employees a 2.0 % increase in 2016, 1.575% increase in 2017, a 1.55% increase in 2018 and a 1.53% increase in 2019 along with minor benefit enhancements. 

“The salary increases keep the City and its Transit Operators in line with like-sized transit operations across the province,” said Mayor Christopher.

“This four-year agreement is in line with wage patterns across the province and is stable for the next four years,” said Mike Armstrong, Unifor National Representative.

Unifor Local 1839 represents 29 employees working for the City of Belleville. Their previous contract expired on March 31, 2016.

For more information:

Tim Osborne
Manager of Human Resources
(613) 848-6899

Mike Armstrong
Unifor National Representative
(613) 882-4949

Don’t Miss the Christmas Lighting Display at the Pier



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Phase 2 Celebration in Downtown Belleville


BELLEVILLE – A ribbon cutting was held in downtown Belleville this morning to celebrate completion of Phase 2 of the City Centre Revitalization and Redevelopment project. The City is happy to be celebrating the completion of this major milestone in time for shopping and festive events, such as the Santa Claus parade, in Downtown Belleville during the holiday season.

“I would like to thank the businesses and residents of our downtown and all of Belleville, for their patience and continued support during this project,” said Mayor Taso Christopher. “The City would also like to acknowledge the efforts of Len Corcoran Excavating in maintaining access for businesses and residents during another Phase of this complex construction project.”

Those in attendance gathered behind the Build Belleville Ribbon for a ceremonial ribbon-cutting, to signify the official reveal to the newest revitalized area in the City centre.

Similar to Phase 1, the revitalized sections in Phase 2 features upgrades to the underground infrastructure (new watermain, 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.

A distinctive element of Phase 2 also included the transformation of the block between Campbell and Victoria into an outdoor plaza and event space, which can be used for various outdoor events and attractions.

“There is a great energy and a buzz happening in the downtown,” says Edie Haslauer, Chair of the Belleville Downtown Improvement Area (BDIA). “Our businesses are excited for residents and visitors to visit the new downtown to shop, dine and be entertained this holiday season and beyond.”

The contractor will continue to have a presence in the Downtown as they complete final details and clean-up of the site. - 30 -

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

Web: www.buildbelleville.ca

City and Agricultural Society Reach Agreement


Council for the City of Belleville is pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached, returning control of the East portion of the fairgrounds property, (that property East of Sidney St. and West of Yeomans St. between  Bridge and Catharine St.), to the City.

After negotiations between the Council appointed Fairground Property Use Committee and members of the Belleville Agricultural Society (BAS) Board, an agreement was reached and approved by Council and the Board that will see the City regain control of the more than six-acre parcel of land and buildings, while at the same time ensuring the long-term viability of the Belleville Agricultural Society.

Committee Chair and Councillor Jack Miller commented, “Following a thorough and comprehensive negotiation period, the City and the Belleville Agricultural Society have worked together for a solution that is ultimately in the best interest of both parties. In the short-term, the City will explore development options available for a significant property located in a highly desirable and growing west end of our community which has the potential for substantial property tax return on an annual basis. This will benefit all citizens of Belleville. The next phase of negotiations will be to work with the Belleville Agricultural Society to find them a home in a more suitable location outside the developed urban area of the City where they can flourish for the next 200 years. I would like to thank committee members Councillor Egerton Boyce and Councillor Kelly McCaw as well as the negotiation team of the Belleville Agricultural Society.”

Belleville Agricultural Society President Donnie Jarrell added, "This deal and agreement is the result of an extensive and collaborative effort between the BAS and the Fairgrounds Property Use Committee. We are thrilled that we were able to find an excellent short-term compromise that benefits both groups, while keeping long-term goals in mind. This agreement is a big win for the City in gaining full control of a very valuable piece of property and a big win for our society, helping us secure some longevity for our organization in the years to come. It is our hope that moving forward we can continue ongoing negotiations with the excellent working relationship we have established between both parties."

Poppy Campaign Launch


The annual Poppy Campaign is now underway. Joyce Nickerson, Chair of the Belleville Poppy Fund Committee, presented Mayor Christopher with a poppy and flag this morning at City Hall to launch the Belleville Poppy Campaign. The campaign will continue until Remembrance Day on November 11th.

Glanmore National Historic Site Receives Restoration Award


The Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (ACO) has awarded the Peter Stokes Restoration Award (Corporate) to the City of Belleville's Glanmore National Historic Site. The ACO intends this award to recognize “those responsible for the exemplary restoration of significant heritage structures, undertaken in accordance with the accepted policies and practices of heritage conservation in Ontario."

In 2012, the most advanced restoration technology was applied to conserve Glanmore's ornate moulded and painted plaster ceilings in the double drawing room, dining and reception rooms.

The plaster consolidation project began with the removal of all artifacts and wrapping of mantels and staircase. Workers installed a scaffolding system using hundreds of cushioned mini-jacks to support the fragile ceiling plaster while the plaster mouldings and hand-painted frieze were cleaned and the paint surface stabilized using Funori. Funori, a seaweed extract, has been used in art conservation for the consolidation of powdery matte surfaces but this was the first time it was applied to plaster ceilings.

Following stabilization of paint surfaces a resin consolidant was used to reattach the ceiling plaster to the lath. The project was a successful collaboration between staff at Glanmore National Historic Site, fine art conservator Ian Hodkinson, founder of Queen’s University Masters of Art Conservation program, and the expertise of Historic Plaster Conservation Services of Port Hope.

"We are thrilled to be recognized for this innovative restoration project which would not have been possible without funding from the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, the City of Belleville and the Parrott Foundation. It was a very challenging project to manage and the results really exceeded our expectations," says Rona Rustige, curator.

Staff from Glanmore will be attending the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario Awards Ceremony and Dinner which will be held at Osgoode Hall in Toronto on November 4, 2016.

New Bridge on Bay Bridge Road is Open to Traffic


The City of Belleville is pleased to announce that vehicular traffic has been routed onto the new Bay Bridge Road structure crossing the CP railway.  The new bridge is nearing completion and traffic is now diverted onto this structure so that the old bridge can be removed.

“Putting traffic on the new bridge represents a significant milestone for this important Build Belleville Project,” says Mayor Christopher. “We know commuters and residents want to see this project completed, right and on time, and we are working hard to make that happen.” 

To maintain traffic flow in this major intersection during the final stages of construction, traffic will shift to the east half of the new Bay Bridge Road structure while construction continues. 

While work on  the Bay Bridge Road  / Dundas Street West Project will continue into 2017, later this fall commuters and local traffic can expect to see a significantly improved Bay Bridge Road / Dundas Street West intersection that includes dual westbound left turn lanes in conjunction with dual northbound left turn lanes on the structure.

Demolition of the existing Bay Bridge structure is tentatively scheduled to commence the week of October 17th, 2016.

AHL Belleville Senators’ Flag Raised


Representatives of the AHL Belleville Senators and the City of Belleville proudly raised the Senators' flag this morning at the Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre. The flag symbolizes the community's excitement and anticipation of  the team coming to Belleville for the 2017-18 AHL season.

Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk purchases AHL team and partners with City of Belleville


Franchise’s move will include renovations to Yardmen Arena, ticket sales to begin immediately.

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Senators (@Senators) in partnership with the City of Belleville (@BellevilleON) announced today that Senators owner, governor and chief executive officer Eugene Melnyk (@MelnykEugene) has purchased the American Hockey League franchise currently residing in Binghamton, N.Y. and will move it to Belleville, Ont. for the start of the 2017-18 AHL season.

The Ottawa Senators and the City of Belleville have also agreed on an eight-year agreement to welcome the newly minted Belleville Senators to the city.

In order to properly accommodate a new professional AHL team, the City of Belleville will immediately undertake more than $18.5 million in important renovations to modernize Belleville’s Yardmen Arena and prepare it for professional hockey for the first time in the city’s history. The renovations will also help bring the Yardmen Arena to an equivalent standard as the adjoining Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre which includes Belleville’s three additional community ice pads.

In addition, the Belleville Senators today announced the launch of a major ticket drive which will see fans access season seats on a first come, first serve basis. Details pertaining to this ticket drive are available at www.bellevillesens.com.

“Our city has a long and storied history with junior hockey but today we welcome professional hockey to Belleville and our soon to be renovated Yardmen Arena,” said Mayor Taso Christopher. “Our city not only gets an AHL team but an incredible working partnership with the National Hockey League’s Ottawa Senators and its long time owner Eugene Melnyk. Geographically, our relative proximity to the nation’s capital makes this a tremendously exciting partnership that will undoubtedly bring our cities and our hockey fans together, United in Red.”

“Hockey is back in Belleville. The people of Belleville are a deeply passionate and proud hockey community,” said Ottawa Senators and Belleville Senators owner Eugene Melnyk. “This community has truly earned the return of hockey and I am committed to making the Belleville Senators an integral part of the city. I want to personally thank the Mayor, Councillors and City staff for their hard work in helping bring the Senators to Belleville. This is the dawn of new era of hockey in Belleville and we are excited to be part of it.”

The Belleville Senators will bring professional hockey to the city for the first time. Belleville last had hockey at the Yardmen Arena when the Ontario Hockey League’s Belleville Bulls played there from 1981 to 2015. Ottawa’s AHL affiliate has resided in Binghamton, N.Y., since the 2002-03 AHL season and won the League championship, the Calder Cup, at the conclusion of the 2010-11 season.

Visit the Belleville Senators website: www.bellevillesens.com
Engage with the Belleville Senators on Twitter: @bellevillesen
Like the Belleville Senators on Facebook: www.facebook.com/bellevillesens
Follow the Belleville Senators on Instagram: bellevillesens

Visit the Ottawa Senators website: www.ottawasenators.com
Engage with the Ottawa Senators on Twitter: @Senators
Like the Ottawa Senators on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ottawasenators
Follow the Ottawa Senators on Instagram: senators

For more information, please contact:
Brian Morris, morrisb@ottawasenators.com
Chris Moore, moorec@ottawasenators.com
Brett Varey, vareyb@ottawasenators.com
Mark Fluhrer, mfluhrer@city.belleville.on.ca

Front Street Re - Opening To Vehicular Traffic


For Immediate Release September 14 , 2016

Front Street Re - Opening To Vehicular Traffic BELLEVILLE – The City of Belleville is pleased to announce that Stage 3 construction is nearing completion and on Thursday , September 15 Front Street will re - open to vehicular traffic . Stage 4 has started and major construction efforts have move d on to Victoria Avenue.

The Contractor will continue to have a presence o n Front Street during the day to finish work relating to landscaping, lighting , and sidewalks. During this time vehicular traffic may be limited to alternating single lanes.

Once complete, this last section of Front Street will resemble the earlier work done on Front Street from Pinnacle Street to Victoria Avenue. This includes upgrades to the underground infrastructure (new watermain, new or relined sanitary sewers and new utilities); reconstructed roads, boulevards, and sidewalks, with new asphalt, concrete , and brick paver surfaces ; and new urban design elements including street lights an d traffic signals, street f urniture, granite - curb planters, and trees.

“Once again, I would like to offer my sincere appreciation to the businesses and residents of our downtown for their continued patience and support ,” said Mayor Taso Christopher. “ With Front Street re - opening we can truly start to enjoy the benefits of our renewed City Centre .”

Stage 4 construction, which spans into November, will be concentrated on Victoria Avenue and involves the installation of watermain and other underground work. To complete this, Victoria Avenue will only be accessible to local vehicular traffic from Pinnacle Street. Pedestrian access to Victoria Avenue will be maintained at all times

9/11 Memorial to be held at Fire Station #1, Sunday, September 11, 2016


The City of Belleville invites the community to join them at Fire Station #1, 60 Bettes Street (corner of Bettes and Station Streets) on Sunday, September 11, 2016 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 Sunday morning as we honour and pay tribute to those lost in the September 11, 2001 tragedy,” added Chief MacDonald.

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.

City Hall Front Entrance Renovation Scheduled to Begin in October


Preparations are progressing on schedule for the City Hall front entrance renovations. The plans for the new entrance include modifications to the elevator and expanded foyer footage which will improve accessibility and esthetically enhance Belleville City Hall.

The main elevator will continue to be in operation until Friday, October 14th. On Monday, October 17th the front entrance will be closed and the elevator will be out of service. Arrangements for alternate entry routes to the building are being made and residents will be informed of those options prior to the date they take effect. A list of other City facilities which offer services people may currently access at City Hall will be provided. Those wishing to visit City Hall during this time period will be welcomed into the building through clearly marked alternate routes being made available for this specific purpose.

City Hall has been informed the elevator will be out of service from the middle of October until the end of January 2017. If there are changes to the time frame outlined by the contractors responsible for this project the City will notify residents immediately. Thank you for your patience as City Hall makes changes that will respect our historical architecture while ensuring accessibility features to make everyone’s visit a welcoming and inclusive one.

Update - City of Belleville Council Meeting, Yardman Arena Expansion and Renovation Project


Due to circumstances beyond the City’s control, the special council meeting scheduled for Thursday August 18th at 9:00a.m. has been cancelled. We can advise that the process continues and we anticipate that the meeting will be rescheduled.

Due to the continued non-disclosure agreement, at this time, this is the full extent of information that can be released.

Contact:

Elisha Purchase, Development & Tourism Assistant 
613-967-3221
epurchase@city.belleville.on.ca 

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Corby Rose Garden


This morning the Corby Rose Garden was filled with a group of people coming together to celebrate the completion of many upgrades to this beautiful inner city treasure. Doug Paterson from Toronto (Great Great Grandson of Henry Corby) and his wife Donna came to be a part of the ceremony.

"Several improvements have been completed in the rose garden since 2013," said Mayor Christopher. "I am happy to say that $130,000 has been spent in the Rose Garden for the fencing, lighting and fountain upgrades. None of these improvements would have been possible without the dedicated hard work of many individuals."

"I have had the pleasure of working with a strong group of people over the years to get these improvements completed and I think we can all agree the end result is wonderful," added Councillor Garnet Thompson. "The Corby Rose Garden is a tranquil place within our City that many residents enjoy on a daily basis. We are so fortunate to have such a beautiful place within the core of our City."

VISION TRANSPORTATION PURCHASES CITY INDUSTRIAL LAND TO GROW BUSINESS


Mayor Christopher and Belleville City Council are pleased to announce the sale of more than 40 acres of fully-serviced industrial land to Vision Transportation. This progressive and innovative warehousing and logistics company already employs more than 40 people in Belleville and operates out of their existing 200,000 square foot facility on Greenleaf Court. The land purchase will allow Vision Transportation to expand their operation by building an additional 150,000 square feet (minimum) and adding an additional 10 employees on College Street East. 

“The City of Belleville is pleased to be able to accommodate the aggressive growth opportunities presented by our partners Vision Transportation,” stated Mayor Taso Christopher. “Vision has been a trusted employer in our community since their initial property purchase from the City in 2007.”

Tony D’Attoma, President and Co-Founder of Vision Transportation explained some primary reasons for their choice. “The competitive cost structure and great location in Belleville have allowed us to grow our business larger than we ever anticipated. Having fully serviced ready-to-go land available made our decision to expand in Belleville an easy one.”

The real estate deal is scheduled to close at the end of August 2016, with completion of their new building scheduled for 2017. Vision Transportation is based out of Mississauga with operations in both Mississauga and Belleville, Ontario. 

For more information on Vision Transportation and the City of Belleville, please visit:
www.visiontrans.com
www.belleville.ca

Reduction in Splash Pad Hours


In response to the Level 3 Water Condition issued by Quinte Conservation the City of Belleville has reduced City Splash Pad hours of operation at the Riverside Park only as part of their 50% water use reduction.

Previously 8AM – 9PM, the pad will now be open from 12PM-8PM.

Parkdale and Kinsmen Park hours will remain from 8AM until 9PM. The City will advise residents when the hours return to normal.

Thank you for your patience as we work together to conserve this vital resource.

Splash Pads are free of charge and located at Riverside, Parkdale and Kinsmen Parks.

City Responds to Level 3 Low Water Condition


A Level 3 Low Water Condition was declared yesterday by Quinte Conservation and the Low Water Response Team. This is the most severe low water level. All Quinte Conservation area municipalities are being asked to encourage their residents and businesses to voluntarily reduce water usage by 50% and to consider enacting Bylaws imposing restrictions on water usage.

In appreciation of the seriousness of the current conditions, the City is continuously examining reduction options available within the corporate operations. Operational staff has been advised to reduce water usage to essential needs at this time, maintaining only those services which protect significant investments and assets. The City is following Quinte Conservation guidelines and restricting these limited watering periods to early morning and late evening.

For information regarding the Level 3 Low Water Condition visit: quinteconservation.ca.

Stage 3 of Downtown Reconstruction Moving Forward


Construction continues to progress in Belleville’s downtown core, however, due to delays by the contractor, Campbell Street will be opening to traffic the week of August 15 rather than the week of August 3 as originally promised by Len Corcoran Excavating Ltd., the general contractor for the project.

“Now that the underground work is finished, we have completed the base layer of asphalt on Campbell Street and are preparing to lay asphalt on the south portion of Front Street to allow for traffic flow during Stage 3 of the project,” says Kyle Corcoran, Site Superintendent for Len Corcoran Excavating Ltd.

Stage 3 will focus on completing surface work along the entire Front Street project area. The Front Street roadway north of Campbell Street will be constructed with concrete and brick pavers, and the south portion to Bridge Street will be an asphalt surface. The remainder of the surface level work will include renewed landscaping, decorative lighting, and sidewalks. 

“The City will continue to inform stakeholders and the public of the progress being made, “says Mayor Christopher. “Moving this project forward as quickly and efficiently as possible while delivering a quality product is our priority.”

Stage 3, which spans into the early fall, will keep a single lane open on Campbell Street and south on Front Street from Campbell Street to Bridge Street. Stage 4 will have Front Street and Campbell Street opened up to vehicular traffic. This stage will allow installation of the watermain and other underground work to begin on Victoria Avenue. The project will be considered complete once Victoria Avenue is completed in the fall.

QUINTE CONSERVATION DECLARES LEVEL 3 LOW WATER CONDITION



Quinte Conservation and the Low Water Response Team have declared a Level 3 Low Water Condition due to lack of rainfall and low flows in local rivers and streams.  This is the most severe low water level.

As part of the Level 3 Low Water Condition declaration Quinte Conservation will be communicating with its 18 municipalities and requesting that they ask their residents and businesses to reduce water usage by 50 per cent.


To view the media advisory in full visit: www.quinteconservation.ca.

Gas Leak Update


MEDIA ADVISORY
July 26, 2016

Gas Leak Update:

Belleville – The City of Belleville’s Emergency Operation Group met to receive updates regarding progress in the downtown area. The City is pleased to inform Belleville residents and business owners the power has been completely restored in the downtown area. Union Gas continues reconnections and is currently waiting to gain entry to a number of remaining businesses. Those returning to the area will find Union Gas contact information and are asked to call them if reconnection is needed. Based on these reports everything should be fully operational by the end of today.

“I spoke with several business owners in the downtown area this morning and their patience with this situation is deeply appreciated,” says Mayor Taso Christopher. “The collaborative efforts of many were truly exemplary in this situation. The successful management of the situation was largely due to the unified command of Tri Emergency Services (Belleville Fire, Belleville Police and Quinte Paramedic Service) in conjunction with many community agencies, all supported by City staff. This has been a challenge for all those involved and I commend everyone for working together in such a positive and professional manner.”

Concerns regarding the following areas can be directed to:

Electrical – Veridian Connections Inc. 1-888-445-2881

Gas - Union Gas 1-877-969-0999

Food and Health – Public Health 613-966-5500

Extreme Food Emergencies - Salvation Army at 613-968-6834

Thank you for your patience and understanding at this time.

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Contact:

Marilyn Warren, Communications Coordinator, City of  Belleville

City Acknowledges Importance of Water Reduction


In response to the decreased water levels resulting from the region’s hot, dry weather conditions, Quinte Conservation and the Low Water Response Team declared a Level Two Low Water Condition due to lack of rainfall and low flows in local rivers and streams. With a decrease of approximately 50% of the average rainfall across the watershed over the past three months, some lake and river levels are visibly lower than those normally experienced at this time of year.

The City of Belleville’s water source is the Bay of Quinte and therefore very reliable, however, the City encourages businesses and residents to reduce their non-essential water use by 20% until the supply is replenished as recommended by Quinte Conservation. Non-essential use includes the outside watering of plants and lawns, and washing driveways and sidewalks.

“Although our direct water source, The Bay of Quinte, has not been seriously impacted as other regional water sources have been as a result of the low water table, it is still a part of the entire watershed,” said Brian Cousins, Director of Finance. “In response, City staff is curtailing water use, Parks have reduced water consumption by 25% and we encourage residents and businesses to recognize the importance of everyone making a conscious effort to reduce water consumption.”

More information and tips on water conservation can be found at quinteconservation.ca.

Downtown DocFest Receives Grant


Downtown DocFest - Belleville International Documentary Film Festival received a $2,500 Belleville Community Arts & Culture grant. Councillors Jack Miller and Paul Carr were at The Belleville Public Library for the presentation. Left to right: Councillor Jack Miller, committee member Karen Scott, DocFest Chair Holly Dewar, Councillor Paul Carr, Artistic Director Lynn Braun, Gerry Fraiberg, Estelle Issa and Past Chair Gary P. Magwood.

Quinte Conservation DECLARES LEVEL 2 LOW WATER CONDITION


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 12, 2016

QUINTE CONSERVATION DECLARES LEVEL 2 LOW WATER CONDITION
Quinte Conservation and the Low Water Response Team have declared a Level 2 Low Water Condition due to lack of rainfall and low flows in local rivers and streams.  Quinte Conservation Water Resources Manager Christine McClure says, “We have received approximately 50% of average rainfall across the watershed over the past three months.  This means that some lake and river levels are visibly lower than they would normally be for this time of year.  Flows in the Moira, Napanee and Salmon Rivers continue to be extremely low and we need a significant amount of rain to change that.  The Water Response Team met Tuesday morning and declared that we are now in a Level 2 Low Water Condition.”

A Level 2 Low Water Condition indicates a potentially serious water supply problem.  This level often means minor water supply issues are encountered and there is the potential for major supply problems.  A Level 2 condition is managed through Conservation Authorities, municipalities and other key provincial agencies.  Low water conditions are ranked as Level 1, 2 or 3 based on a prolonged period of low flows or precipitation. A Level 1 is the least severe and Level 3 is the most severe.

McClure explains, “We confirm low water conditions using two criteria – precipitation and stream flow.  Both criteria are low for this time of year and more typically seen at the end of summer or early fall.  The last extended period of low water in our area occurred in 2012.”

With the potential for the dry summer to continue, Quinte Conservation says it’s time for residents, businesses and municipalities to get serious about conserving water.  The environmental organization is asking residents and businesses in the region to reduce non-essential water usage by 20 per cent until the supply is replenished. People on private wells should be especially careful of their water usage.  Non-essential water use includes the outside watering of plants and lawns, and washing driveways and sidewalks.  Those with permits to take water are also urged to reduce their current usage by 20 per cent.

The environmental organization is encouraging any individuals or businesses in the Quinte watersheds who experience problems or hardships, such as wells going dry, to contact Quinte Conservation by calling 613-968-3434 or 613-354-3312 and dialing extension 130.  Reports can also be emailed to info@quinteconservation.ca.  These reports will help the organization track the impacts of the Low Water Condition.
McClure says, “In the summer months close to 50% of water usage in the average home happens in the lawn and garden.  Hand watering vegetable gardens in the morning and not watering the lawn can go a long way toward conserving water.  A brown lawn in a hot dry summer does not mean the grass is dead – it’s only dormant.  There is a small part of the plant, called the crown, that is still alive and after rainfall the grass will green up in one to two weeks.”

Quinte Conservation reminds the public that fires are not allowed at local conservation areas.

Quinte Conservation issued the first low water warning this year on June 2.  The local environmental agency will continue to monitor precipitation and stream flows and provide updates.  Quinte Conservation encourages everyone to use water wisely and apply water conservation measures.  Tips on water conservation can be found on the Quinte Conservation website at www.quinteconservation.ca.

Quinte Conservation is the lead for the local Water Response Team (WRT) for all of Prince Edward County and the watersheds of the Moira, Napanee and Salmon Rivers. The team includes representation from municipalities, Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs, and local industry. The WRT is formed when the watershed is in a Level 1 condition. Water Response Teams monitor local conditions carefully and work with local water users to reduce demand and mitigate the effects of water shortages.

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

City Welcomes Delegates from Twin City of Gunpo


An eight-person delegation from Gunpo, Belleville's twin city in South Korea, was welcomed to the City on Wednesday afternoon at a special ceremony in City Hall.

"As Chair of the Cultural Committee, it brings me great pleasure to be here this afternoon to officially welcome our eight-person delegation from our Sister City - Gunpo, South Korea, to the beautiful City of Belleville," said Councillor Jackie Denyes.

2016 marks the 20th Anniversary of the cities' relationship. In 1996, the City of Belleville and Gunpo, South Korea signed a twinning agreement and in 1997 the first delegation from Belleville travelled to Gunpo under Mayor Ross McDougall.

Over the past 20 years, the City of Belleville and Gunpo have enjoyed a successful business exchange relationship which has included meetings and visits with various businesses, manufacturers and industries in both cities, in addition to showcasing each city and their surrounding areas. Relevant benefits are generated through cultural exchange relationships which help to strengthen our City's corporate organization through the transfer of skills, knowledge and networking. The opportunity to experience different cultural, educational and economic activities helps to enrich international perspectives.

"This year marks a milestone that we should all be very proud of," says Mayor Taso Christopher. "Councillor Denyes and the Cultural Committee have planned an informative and exciting itinerary and I look forward to showcasing our City to you over the next four days."

Thurlow Park Review Update


The City of Belleville has undertaken a review of Thurlow Park, located off Harmony Road in City of Belleville (Thurlow Ward).  The City is working with landscape architectural consultants, Heartland Environmental Design, who have prepared a Natural Features inventory and analysis (L1 attached), a Cultural Inventory (L2 attached) and a Conceptual Plan (L3 attached, B&W and coloured) for consideration.  In addition, the City has consulted with the various sports user groups and held a Public Consultation meeting to present the findings to the neighbours and general public.


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Thurlow Park - Public Presentation (click to download)

Natural Features (click to download)

Cultural Inventory (click to download)

Concept Drawing (click to download)

Public Facilities Provide Relief from Heat


Concerned for the well-being of individuals struggling with summer temperatures, 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.

The Belleville Public Library on Pinnacle Street in the downtown core is open:
9:30 am to 8:00 pm Monday to Thursday
5:00 pm on Fridays and 5:30 pm on Saturdays

The Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre on Cannifton Road is open:
5:30 am until 11:00 pm

The City recommends the use of the Splash Pads which are free of charge and located at Riverside, Parkdale and Kinsmen Parks. The outdoor Kinsmen Community Pool on Dundas St. E.  is another option to help ease the heat.

June 27th Regular Council Meeting Begins at 10:00 A.M.


The City of Belleville wishes to advise residents the start time of the regular Council meeting scheduled for June 27th has been changed from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 a.m. There will be no closed In Camera session prior to the open session. This change pertains to the June 27th meeting only.

Any questions or concerns can be directed to: Matt MacDonald, Director of Corporate Services/Clerk Corporate Services Department at 613-967-3256.

Change in Start Time of June 27th Regular Council Meeting


The City of Belleville wishes to advise residents the start time of the regular Council meeting scheduled for June 27th has been changed from 4:00 pm to 10:00 am.

Please note that at the completion of the agenda setting process early this week (week of June 20th) if there are no items requiring Council consideration (In Camera) further notice will be provided advising the regular open session meeting will commence at 9:00 am.  The meeting is replacing the regular 4:00 pm meeting. The change pertains to the June 27th meeting only.

Any questions or concerns can be directed to: Matt MacDonald, Director of Corporate Services/Clerk Corporate Services Department at 613-967-3256.

City Reaches Contract with CUPE Local 907


City of Belleville City Council and its unionized inside and outside workers have reached a four-year contract agreement.

City Council has provided direction to management to bring forward an authorizing by-law at the next regular meeting of Council for official adoption at which time the agreement will go into force.  CUPE Local 907, representing both inside and outside workers, ratified the agreement in a meeting held Friday, June 10, 2016. 

“This four-year agreement is similar to recent agreements between other municipalities and their unionized employees,” said Mayor Taso A. Christopher.

The agreement gives employees a 2.0% increase in 2015, 1.5% increase in both 2016 and 2017, and a 1.75% increase in the final year with minor benefit enhancements. 

“The salary increases keep the City and its unionized workers in line with other municipalities across the province,” added Mayor Christopher.

“We feel this agreement acknowledges and respects the work our members do for the City of Belleville,” said Doug Mattis, President of CUPE Local 907. “This four-year agreement is fair and offers stability for both our members and the City.”

CUPE Local 907 represents 170 employees working for the City of Belleville. Their previous contract expired on March 31, 2015.

Community Celebrates Official Opening of New Fire Hall


Mayor, Councillors, City Administration and community members gathered for the official opening ceremony of the Fire Hall at 4867 Old Highway #2.

Guests attending the opening toured the station and met the Firefighters. The new facility replaces the Fire Station located in Point Anne and the Firefighters were proud to showcase this new hall designed to help them serve our community better.

2016 Belleville WATERFRONT & Ethnic Festival


New Paratransit Buses Added to City Transit System


The Belleville Transit System is taking a significant step forward in its ability to service the community’s transportation needs with the addition of three new Overland Titan ll paratransit buses.

“By partnering with Metrolinx, the City was able to be a part of a group procurement process,” explained Transit Manager Matt Coffey. “This enabled us to purchase these high quality AODA standard compliant vehicles, at a very competitive price.”

Dual air conditioning and upgraded lift capacity will enhance passenger comfort in addition to safety features which include fire suppression, a rear camera, no slip floors, LED lighting and front to back grab bars. Each paratransit bus has the heightened capacity to accommodate up to five wheelchair passengers and six ambulatory passengers.

The new service includes automated scheduling software to assist in reducing the number of denied trips. The service will offer door-to-door rather than curb-to-curb service to ensure passengers are escorted safely to their destination.

“The decision to make these changes is based upon years of input through the operational review to enhance and expand our existing service,” added Councillor Jack Miller, Chair of City Transit Committee. “The addition of door-to-door service will be a welcome change for customers.”

The paratransit buses will go into service immediately with the new service reaching full implementation by August 1, 2016.

City of Belleville and CUPE Local 907 Reach Tentative Agreement


The City of Belleville and CUPE Local 907, representing the inside and outside workers, have reached a tentative agreement today after a year-long process of bargaining.

“We are pleased with the outcome and will be recommending it to our members at the vote on June 10, 2016,” said Doug Mattis, President of CUPE Local 907.

Chief Administrative Officer, Rick Kester stated that “both parties worked collaboratively with an unprecedented spirit of cooperation throughout the process and management will be recommending the new agreement for approval to City Council at an upcoming meeting. I want to thank both committees for their efforts in reaching this tentative settlement.”

No further details on the tentative agreement will be released at this time until the ratification and approval of both parties is complete.

For more information:

Tim Osborne
Manager of Human Resources
City of Belleville
613-848-6899

Donna Carlaw
CUPE National Representative
613-453-2597

City Celebrates New Bike Lanes on Yeomans Street With Belleville on Bikes


A ribbon cutting was held on Yeomans Street today to celebrate the City’s first on-road segment of cycling infrastructure. June is Bike Month and the City is excited to be kicking-off a month of activities that celebrate and promote cycling activities with the official opening of this new on-road asset.

“These bike lanes are the first step towards implementing new cycling infrastructure approved by this council for implementation by 2018,” says Mayor Christopher. “Bike Month is about celebrating the significance of cycling as a viable and safe form of transportation and leisure activity in our City and this is a great way to kick-off an exciting month of events.” 

Yeomans Street is an important connecting route, and will help to make cycling safer, more convenient and more accessible for all residents. Bike lanes are now painted and appropriately marked on both north and southbound lanes of Yeomans Street from Bridge Street West to Moira Street West. 

“The opening of the Yeomans Street bike lanes represents a significant step forward for Belleville's cycling network,” says Rob Jakes, Chair of Belleville on Bikes. “Belleville on Bikes is thrilled to see Belleville moving forward on the cycling file, implementing a full network of safe cycling infrastructure across the urban area of Belleville over the next three years.”

Momentum continues to grow throughout the City to provide more opportunities for cycling. A new trail has been completed from Sarah Court to Frank Street and from Frank Street to Yeomans Street by way of the CN pedestrian underpass. The City is also completing a new multi-use path this year along Dundas Street West from Coleman Street to Zwick’s Park. Residents will notice enhancements in cycling facilities throughout the City as Belleville’s Cycling Network Implementation Plan is delivered.

Dutch Friendship Tulip Garden


Mayor Christopher, Councillor Mitch Panciuk, representatives of the Belleville Garden Club and 418 Wing AFAC, and community members, gathered at the Dutch Friendship Tulip Garden at 241 North Park Street on Tuesday, May 17th at 1:00 PM. to celebrate the beautiful addition the flowers have made to our City.

Last year marked the 70th anniversary of the liberation of The Netherlands and the end of the Second World War. It also marked the 70th Anniversary of the first gift of 100,000 Dutch tulip bulbs to Canadians as a symbol of appreciation for the role Canadian soldiers played in the liberation of the Netherlands and the hospitality Canada provided to the Dutch Royal Family in Ottawa during the War. As a special recognition for their anniversary year they donated an additional 700 tulip bulbs to 150 cities across Canada. The City of Belleville was one of these cities and an official Dutch Friendship Tulip Planting Ceremony was held at Memorial Gardens. The tulips are now in full bloom and we encourage you to visit the garden and enjoy their beauty.

Freedom of City Parade Welcome at City Hall


BELLEVILLE – A formal request has been made to City Hall by 8 Wing CFB Trenton for permission to exercise Freedom of the City in Belleville on Friday, May 13, 2016. This is the 85th anniversary year of 8 Wing CFB Trenton and this traditional practice is a symbolic way of recognizing the positive, ongoing relationship enjoyed between the City of Belleville and CFB Trenton.

Originating in England in the 15th century, the practice of granting military units Freedom of the City was a result of cities continually being attacked by military units. Cities built walls and gates for protection and before soldiers were permitted to enter a city, the Chief Constable demanded to know the reason soldiers wished to enter, then escorted their commander to City Council chambers. If the commander convinced the Council his troops were to be trusted, Freedom of the City was granted.

“We are honoured to receive this request from 8 Wing CFB Trenton,” said Belleville Mayor, Taso Christopher. “Our relationship with our 8 Wing neighbours is one of trust and respect and we value it greatly. We welcome this opportunity to step back in time and enjoy this historical moment.”

A large contingent of 8 Wing CFB Trenton members will approach City Hall at 1:00 pm, Friday, May 13 to request the permission of the Mayor and Council to exercise Freedom of the City. If granted, the 8 Wing members will proceed to parade in triumph and celebration throughout the downtown area.

For more information:

Marilyn Warren, Communications Coordinator
613-967-3200, ext. 3263
mwarren@city.belleville.on.ca

Green Task Force Seedling Give Away a Great Success


On April 30 the City of Belleville’s Green Task Force partnered with Hastings Stewardship Council to hand out close to 2000 free tree seedlings to City of Belleville residents. The line-up began to form before 8am and the seedlings were quick to go during the three-hour event. Along with the seedlings, residents received advice from City of Belleville arborists on where best to plant their new trees and how to keep them healthy for years to come. Varieties at the Belleville event included white pine, red pine, white spruce, white cedar, Norway spruce, blue spruce, silver maple, red oak, high bush cranberry, black walnut and nannyberry.

“This event has been held for a number of years in Belleville and we have residents from all over the City come out to it,” says the City’s Green Programs Coordinator, Becky MacWhirter. “It’s neat to think about the cumulative impact.”

The giveaway event in Belleville is part of a wider Community Trees program supported by Hastings Stewardship Council and the municipalities of Belleville, Tweed, Tyendinaga, Stirling-Rawdon, Marmora and Lake, and Centre Hastings. In its nine years, the Community Trees program has given away over 50,000 trees for planting on privately-owned land. “It was an idea that started from an interest in urban forestry and a recognition that trees in built-up areas are just as important as trees in rural areas and forests,” says Jim Pederson, Chairman of Hastings Stewardship Council. “Up to 90% of land in towns is privately owned so it just makes sense to encourage landowners to plant and care for trees on their property.”

In conjunction with the seedling giveaway, Green Task Force members were also selling rain barrels to residents wanting to capture water from their rooftops. For those who missed the event, rain barrels can be purchased for $55 at Belleville Water (195 College St. W.) and Public Works (75 Wallbridge Cres.).

Want to learn more about the Green Task Force? Visit: belleville.ca/city-hall/page/green-task-force

Want to learn more about Hastings Stewardship Council? Visit: hastingsstewardship.ca

City Celebrates 2nd Anniversary of Signing Declaration Against Racism and Discrimination


The City of Belleville Inclusion Committee hosted a celebration of approximately 250 guests at the Greek Community Hall on Thursday evening to mark the second anniversary of the signing of the Declaration Against Racism and Discrimination. Belleville Council decided to join the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination just over two years ago. The coalition is a branch of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO. Belleville's involvement was initiated by Dr. Aruna Alexander of the local United Nations Association in Canada chapter. Dr. Alexander is now part of the City's Inclusion Committee.

In addition to greetings and remarks from dignitaries which included Mayor Christopher, MP Neil Ellis, MPP Todd Smith, John McMahon Loyalist College and Chief Maracle, Councillor Thompson was MC for the evening, Dr. Alexander gave a history of the initiative and the Belleville Inclusion Committee, and Karen Poste, Manager of Economic Development and Strategic Initiatives gave an overview of the new Immigration Portal available at immigration.bayofquinte.ca. Guests were entertained by performances by the Loyola School of Adult Education and Continuing Education Choir, soloist Jonathan Maracle and the Quinte Ballet School of Canada. A special recognition and warm welcome was extended to the Syrian and Congolese refugees in attendance and their sponsors.

Sponsors of the evening's event included: Loyalist College, United Church of Canada, United Nations Association in Canada - Quinte Branch, and The Italo-Canadian Club.

Ground-breaking for Shorelines Casino Belleville


The ground-breaking ceremony for Shorelines Casino Belleville took place this morning, attended by a large group of dignitaries and supportive residents, eager to see the project underway. The casino is scheduled to open in 2017.

Another Successful Year for the Quinte Trash Bash


The Quinte area is a whole lot cleaner after more than 1500 participants collected litter for the 16th annual Quinte Trash Bash Community Challenge. Residents of Belleville, Quinte West and Tyendinaga Township  filled eight large dumpsters and fourteen recycling carts with materials collected from roadsides, parks and ditches. In addition to standard litter such as coffee cups and plastic bottles, event organizers reported mattresses, furniture, tires, bicycles, used motor oil and old car parts among the items pulled from public spaces during the event.


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2016 Trash Bash (click to download)

City of Belleville Breaks Ground in the City Centre for Phase 2 Construction


The City of Belleville has officially kicked-off construction for Phase 2 of the City Centre Revitalization Project with a Ground Breaking ceremony that took place at 9:30 a.m. this morning at the corner of Front Street and Campbell Street. Members of Council, City staff, Belleville & District Chamber of Commerce, Belleville Downtown Improvement Area (BDIA), and business operators in the downtown were in attendance to celebrate the launch of this exciting initiative.

“I would like to thank staff, partners and stakeholders in the downtown for their ongoing support and patience,” says Mayor Taso Christopher. “Phase 2 has the highest density of our downtown, so we are excited to get things started as quickly as possible to ensure an early completion date. The City is here to work with our business partners along the way and support them in any way we can.”

Staff from the City of Belleville, Len Corcoran Excavating and the BDIA, are working closely with the business community and residents to ensure proper coordination is in place to help mitigate disruption during construction, and ensure a positive experience for downtown customers.

“Ensuring access is a critical priority during the Phase 2 construction period,” says Elisha Purchase, Build Belleville Projects Coordinator. “Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times and the contractor will work with individual businesses to ensure deliveries are received.”

Phase 2 will be constructed in five stages. Stage one, which begins today and spans over two weeks, will see crews tackling service excavations on Front Street from Victoria Avenue to Campbell Street. Crews switch to stage two on May 5, which includes the closure of Front Street up to Bridge Street along with Campbell Street. The focus during stage two is to finish the water service excavation. This stage will end August 3 and will see Front Street completed up to base asphalt from Campbell Street to Bridge Street.

Stage three, which spans from August 3 to September 15, will keep a single lane open on Campbell Street and south on Front Street from Campbell Street to Bridge Street. “Stage four will open Front Street and Campbell Street up to vehicular traffic with the intent of having all major work completed in these sections,” says Kyle Corcoran, Len Corcoran Excavating. “This stage will allow installation of the watermain to begin on Victoria Avenue.”

Stage five, spanning the month of October, will conclude work on Victoria Avenue, with the project completion date scheduled for November 7, 2016.

Community Archives of Belleville and Hastings County


The following media release was issued by Community Archives of Belleville and Hastings County at 11:00 a.m. this morning.


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Community Archives of Belleville and Hastings County (click to download)

Quinte Conservation Flood Warning Continues


The following Media Release was issued by Quinte Conservation at 11:00 a.m. this morning.


Related Downloads

Press Release April 5, 2016 (click to download)

Rising Water Conditions on the Moira River Near Foxboro


The water levels of the Moira River are currently flowing at or near typical Spring run-off flows. There is a possibility the flows could exceed the two year floodplain levels, peaking Monday or Tuesday, barring further precipitation.

Mayor Christopher and Senior Municipal Staff met Sunday to review the current situation and forecast. In addition the Fire Department, and Environmental and Operation Services staff, have reached out to the home owners who are known to be first impacted by floods and preparations are currently underway with having sand bag walls materials available for deployment. The current predictions are that this is a localized event possibly affecting approximately a dozen homes. City Staff will continue to patrol to monitor the situation and utilize the information provided by Quinte Conservation. As conditions change the City will provide updates in concert with Quinte Conservation.

Interested residents can go to the Quinte Conservation website www.quinteconservation.ca to learn more about “water management and levels”. Flooding information, including a sandbag wall construction video, is contained in the site.

If you have urgent concerns about flooding impacting your residence please call the Fire Department at 613-962-2010 and City staff will investigate your concern.

Contact:
Mark MacDonald, Fire Chief and Community Emergency Management Coordinator

Quinte Conservation Issues Flood Outlook Statement Due To Heavy Rain



Quinte Conservation issued this media release March 31, 2016.


Related Downloads

Media Release March 31, 2016. (click to download)

Latest Business Retention and Expansion Report Released


The latest survey of the Retail/Commercial sector has been completed and the results are in.  The complete report is available here.


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Complete Business Retention and Expansion Report (click to download)

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