Belleville Mayor and City Councillors Vote Yes to Overnight Warming Centre
Posted: February 11, 2019
Mayor Mitch Panciuk and Belleville City Councillors have approved an overnight facility in downtown Belleville to be accessed during harsh winter conditions. There has been strong community support to establish an overnight warming centre and Council is pleased to be able to offer a solution for the remainder of the season – ending April 10, 2019.
The entrance atrium, at the Belleville Public Library at 254 Pinnacle Street in downtown Belleville, will remain open from 8:00 p.m. until 8:00 a.m. as required. Fire Chief Mark Macdonald, as head of the City’s Emergency Response Team, will determine when the warming centre will be open based upon weather conditions. This information will be shared through the media, the City social media channels and supporting organizations throughout the community.
“The City recognizes the need to have a warm, safe location available,” said Mayor Mitch Panciuk. “We understand this is not a shelter as the Grace Inn will be when completed, but we hope it will serve as a temporary solution for the next few weeks and help to protect those vulnerable and in need of a warm, dry place to spend the night.”