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New CAO for Centre Hastings

Centre Hastings will have a new Chief Administrative Officer as of tomorrow night.

Council is expected to pass a by-law to promote current Treasurer, Christine Martin, to the position.

She will replace Pat Pilgrim as CAO, but will also be keeping her position has Treasurer.

Centre Hastings council meets tomorrow evening at 6:00 p.m at the municipal offices in Madoc.


Water testing in Brighton

We have an update on the drinking water situation in Brighton.

Mayor Mark Walas says the health unit will conduct water quality testing on Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

After that results will be released, the boil water advisory might be lifted.

Meanwhile, Brighton public works crews continue to flush water hydrants.

Brighton has been under a boil water advisory for well over a week after watermain leaks north of the town.


Spring maintenance brings delay on Trent Severn system

Peterborough, Ontario, April 27, 2015 – In the coming weeks, Parks Canada
will be conducting spring maintenance at some of our swing bridges and
sites along the Trent-Severn Waterway, in preparation for the 2015
navigation season. This includes preventative maintenance tasks like
washing and greasing swing bridges, and conducting visual inspections to
ensure their safe operability.

Traffic Delays
Seasonal maintenance on certain bridges that cross the Trent-Severn
Waterway will not result in closures, but vehicles may experience short
delays of about 10 minutes:

April 22 to Mid-May Brighton Road Swing Bridge
Carrying Place Swing Bridge
Glen Ross Swing Bridge
Ranney Falls Swing Bridge (Campbellford)
Hastings Swing Bridge
Bobcaygeon Swing Bridge
Bolsover Swing Bridge
Boundary Road Swing Bridge
Lakeshore Road Swing Bridge
Couchiching Bridge
Hamlet Swing Bridge (on Canning Road near Washago)
Port Severn Swing Bridge

Motorists should plan their routes accordingly in order to avoid delays. To
accommodate school bus traffic, efforts will be made to keep bridge delays
between 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Parks Canada wishes to thank the public for
their patience during the maintenance period.


More rooftop money makers

Members of Queen Victoria elementary school get set to sing the National anthem before Belleville council gets down to business. Photo/Quinte News

Members of Queen Victoria elementary school get set to sing the
National anthem before Belleville council gets down to business.
Photo/Quinte News

More green energy will be pumped into the Ontario hydro system from Belleville rooftops by next year.

Belleville city council accepted the lowest of 9 bids to install solar panels on the roofs of the Gerry O Connor water treatment plant and on the Neil Britton building at Sidney and College Streets.

City staff say the job will cost the city just over one million dollars, but that money will be paid back in just 8 and a half years by selling the power into the grid.

The cost is well below that budgeted for the projects, as the cost of solar panel installation has dropped considerably over the past couple of years.


It’s not Miller time

A decision on renaming a Belleville council committee trying to determine the future of hockey after the Bulls departure wasn’t without controversy.

The current committee is made up of the Mayor and councillors Garnet Thompson and Mike Graham.

Councillor Mitch Panciuk suggested Jack Miller be added to the committee, saying his years of experience with the Bulls and the NHL gave him ‘impeccable hockey credentials.”

Councillor Graham bristled at the suggestion.

mike graham

Jack Miller explains why he declined to sit on the committee.

jack miller

The Transition and Negotiation Team will provide regular reports to council.


Belleville council extends, improves tax breaks

Belleville council will continue to offer property tax breaks to seniors and ratepayers with disabilities.

Council extended the tax break programs through to 2018 at its meeting tonight.

This year seniors and the disabled will see tax relief of 250 dollars, but that will increase to 400 dollars by 2018.


Councillor wants proof of performance

A Belleville city councillor wants to systematically measure whether taxpayers are getting good value for their tax dollars.

Thurlow ward councillor Paul Carr plans to make a motion at councils next meeting.

paul carr performance2

Council will discuss the proposal at its next meeting.


Council rejects Mayors Team on Build Belleville campaign

Belleville city council has said no to a recommendation from it’s Mayors Implementation Team to spend 50 thousand dollars on a 30 week radio campaign to inform the public about Build Belleville projects.

Most on council agreed with councillor Paul Carr who said it was too much money, and there were cheaper ways to pass on the information.

paul carr build belleville

Meanwhile, Mayor Taso Christopher supported the radio campaign, but accepted the councils decision to reject the
idea.
taso christopher build belleville
Council did approve a 20 thousand dollar budget for newspaper, facebook advertising, videos and static displays.

New docs for city

There’s good news for residents of Belleville without a family doctor.

At a council meeting, Mayor Taso Christopher announced that the city had attracted 2 new general practitioners through it’s doctor recruitment program.

They are Doctor Erin Falconer and Doctor Catherine Perrier.

The new doctors should be practicing in Belleville soon.

Belleville’s recruitment program gives doctors 25 thousand dollars a year over 6 years for their education in return for a promise of 5 years service in the community.


Local plant expanding

There’s good economic news for the City of Belleville and the Quinte region.

At city council, Mayor Taso Christopher announced that Kellogg will build on to its Belleville plant.

taso christopher kellogg

Kellogg will add production capacity to make the cereals Special K Protein and Froot Loops.

It’s not known how many new employees will be hired at this time.


Belleville to host OSUM conference this week

Bay of Quinte (File Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber / Quinte News)

Bay of Quinte (File Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber / Quinte News)

Belleville will be showcasing its progressive, diverse and economically vibrant community on Wednesday as the City gets set to host the 62nd annual Ontario Small Urban Municipalities Conference and Trade Show.

The theme of this year’s three day conference is “Building Better Communities.”

It will feature keynote speakers Benjamin Tal and Max Valiquette, interactive site tours and a trade show promising to cover a spectrum of municipal life.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne along with Minister of Agriculture Food and Rural affairs Jeff Leal and Northumberland-Quitne West MPP Lou Rinaldi and Prince Edward Hastings MPP Todd Smith are scheduled to speak to the more than 350 delegates.

The conference is at the Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre with trips and tours all over the City.

Further event details at http://www.osum.ca/Events/2015-OSUM-Conference-and-Trade-Show.aspx


Brighton loses beloved community supporter

A well known contributor to the Brighton community and former councillor has died.

Bill Dunk passed away Sunday at the age of 78.

In 2010, the former fastball and hockey coach received the Provincial Community Sports Hero Award for his contributions to sports in the community.

He is survived by his wife Sandra of 50 years their two children and granddaughter.

In 2008, Bill and Sandra received Brighton’s “Mr. and Mrs. civic award for outstanding service and contribution to the community.


Jane’s Walk this weekend

The 3rd annual Jane’s Walk is this weekend in Belleville.

The free locally led walks began in Toronto and were inspired by urban activist and writer Jane Jacobs who passed away in 2006. They were meant to carry on the conversations she had about urban planning around people rather than cars.

Spokesperson Stephanie Jouppien says the walk underscores the importance of re-populating our city centre. She says it also provides a way to understand how we can maintain a vital community that offers walking, cycling and public transportation for everyone ages 8 to 80.

JANE’S WALK 2

This year’s walk coincides with the unveiling of Belleville’s $48 million Transportation Master Plan. The plan calls for a system of cycling paths for Belleville that will be constructed in three phases over the next 20 years. Jouppien admits the topic of bike lanes has been a contentious one.

JANE’S WALK 1

The first of three walks begins at Meyer’s Pier on Saturday at 10 a.m.

The second is on Sunday at the Corby Rose Garden on William St at 10a.m.

For more details visit http://janeswalk.org/canada/belleville

The final walk begins at St. Michael’s Church on Church Street 1 p.m.


New timeline and details for new Trenton school

Queen Elizabeth

Four schools are now part of the new Trenton Elementary School.

The Hastings Prince Edward School Board has received approval for construction of the new school, on the exact site of Queen Elizabeth School, not beside the school.

This means Queen Elizabeth students will move to Breadner Elementary for September this year, to January 2017.

Meantime V.P Carswell Elementary and North Trenton Public will move grade seven and grade eight students to the new Trenton Elementary, in September 2017.

College Street Public students will begin at the new Trenton school in January of 2017.

Two tenders will be put out for the new school, one for demolition in June and July, with construction of a new school slated to start this September.

The Ministry of Education has given the board $11.3 million in funding for the Queen Elizabeth build.

Opening of the school is expected for January of 2017.

There will be a Community Information Meeting on Tuesday May 5th at 7:00 p.m to discuss the effect the new school has on all public schools in Trenton.


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