Dragon boat teams wanted

(Photo/Michael Brethour)

If you like being on the water and like physical activity, why not try your hand at dragon boat racing?

The Community Development Council of Quinte is inviting teams to enter into the 16th annual Belleville Dragon Boat Festival on July 14.

The dragon boat races are part of the Belleville Waterfront and Multicultural Festival and will be held at Victoria Park.

All proceeds from the event go to the Community Development Council’s food programs helping families throughout the region.

To enter a team go to www.cdcquinte.com or www.bellevilledragonboatclub.com.

Preliminary approval for new housing in Quinte West

(Photo: Quinte News / File Photo)

Quinte West’s Planning Advisory Committee is recommending council give its approval to draft plans for two new subdivisions in the city.

One involves Klemencic homes and would have 55 houses east of Wooler Road along Orchard Lane between Highway 401 and Telephone Road.

The other subdivision would be headed up by Staikos homes and features 105 houses to be built on the east side of 2nd Dug Hill Road near Walmart.

Meanwhile the committee also recommended approval of a rezoning at 121 Stockdale Road near Highway 401 to allow a commercial mini-storage facilities.

Regulating skateboards, bicycles in Belleville

(Photo/Michael J Brethour)

Belleville council will discuss where bicycles, skateboards and other modes of transportation should be allowed at its meeting Monday.

Council will see a proposed by-law from staff regulating e-bikes, in-line skates, skateboards and bicycles.

Much of the focus will be on the downtown as the city has received numerous complaints.

The draft by-law would ban e-bikes,  bikes, skateboards, roller skates and in-line skates on any downtown sidewalk.

Also, e-bikes or bicycles would be banned on any sidewalk unless the driver is 14 years of age or over.

Boost downtown Belleville program

Downtown Belleville.(Photo: Quinte News).

Demand for help from city council is strong among business and property owners in downtown Belleville.

At its meeting Monday afternoon, city council will be asked to take $135,000 from a casino economic development account so more grants under its downtown facade program can be made for this year.

At the halfway point of the year, eight grants have been approved, and four more are pending.

If council approved the four new applications, the account would be over $45,000 in deficit.

In the past two years, a total of 21 property owners took advantage of the facade program in the downtown.

 

 

Photos: cemetery vandalized

All photos courtesy of Jenny Bryant Facebook.

There was vandalism of the worst kind Wednesday in Picton.

Prince Edward County OPP say numerous gravestones and monuments were overturned and otherwise damaged at the Glenwood Cemetery.

Police say the damage was done around sections “H” and “F” in the cemetery sometime in the late afternoon or evening.

Thousands of dollars of damage was done.

OPP are asking for the public’s help to identify suspects.

Call Prince Edward OPP or Crime Stoppers with information.

Water advisory for Carrying Place and Consecon

Photo courtesy www.burnaby.ca

The Prince Edward County Water and Wastewater Department is notifying municipal water customers connected to the Consecon/Carrying Place Drinking Water System of the potential for coloured water and fluctuating water pressure on Saturday, June 23 as a result of planned water distribution work in the Trenton Drinking Water System.

Customers may experience coloured water and intermittent pressure fluctuations between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 23.

The Consecon/Carrying Place Drinking Water System is supplied drinking water from the City of Quinte West’s Trenton Drinking Water System.

To reduce potential impacts to customers and the drinking water system, customers are asked to practice water conservation and avoid excessive water use for the duration of work. Running tap water for extended periods, using the washing machine and dish washer simultaneously, outdoor water use such as watering lawns, gardens, vehicle washing and pool filling should be avoided until the work is complete.

If coloured water is experienced, customers are encouraged to flush their water lines at the cold water tap nearest to the water meter once work is complete and avoid doing laundry until colour has cleared.

Water quality will be monitored, and is not expected to be impacted by this work. The water remains safe to drink throughout the duration of the work.

 

 

Child abduction in Quinte West

A father has been arrested after an alleged child abuction in Quinte West late Wednesday afternoon.

A 20-year-old man was arrested and charged with assault and child abduction.

His name will not be released to protect the identity and safety of the child involved.

Lower Trent Conservation commits on Brighton land

At its June Board meeting, Lower Trent Conservation pledged $15,000 to help purchase 2.5 km of undeveloped Lake Ontario shoreline habitat along Presqu’ile Bay.  Along the shore of this 231 acre parcel is an intact coastal wetland, which forms part of a large provincially significant wetland and the Presqu’ile Bay Important Bird Area.

The Municipality of Brighton will also donate $15,000.

Coastal wetlands are among the region’s most ecologically valuable and productive habitats. They improve water quality by filtering pollutants and sediment; reduce flooding and erosion during periods of high water, and provide important habitat for wildlife, including habitat for birds, fish, frogs, turtles, and other species – many of them at risk.  They also provide recreational opportunities.

The parcel along County Road 64, in the southeast end of Brighton, has the potential to be developed. That’s why the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is acting fast – raising funds to purchase the property and ensure long-term protection and management. Ducks Unlimited and the federal government under the Natural Areas Conservation Program are contributing significantly to the project costs, which exceed one million dollars, but more donations are needed to seal the deal.

“Protecting wetlands is very important to Lower Trent Conservation – they play such a vital role in maintaining watershed health,” says Glenda Rodgers, Lower Trent Conservation CAO.  “The Conservation Authority doesn’t have the resources to buy a property like this. But by donating to NCC, we can ensure that this wetland is protected forever.”

Others interested in supporting the project can contact NCC by visiting their website at www.natureconservancy.ca. “Every little bit helps” adds Rodgers.

Lower Trent Conservation is a community-based non-profit environmental protection organization that protects, restores and manages natural resources within the Lower Trent watershed region. The organization works with local communities to create a healthy, environmentally diverse watershed that improves the quality of life for residents, makes the area more appealing to visitors and new business, and helps to ensure a more vibrant regional economy. For more information visit www.LTC.on.ca.

Copeland guilty in murder of Elizabeth Nugent

Elizabeth Nugent.(Photo: Facebook).

The man accused of the second degree murder of Belleville native Elizabeth Nugent has been found guilty.

According to InsideHalton.com 45-year-old Malcolm Copeland of Burlington was found guilty by a 12-person jury Wednesday after about five hours of deliberation in a Milton courtroom.

Copeland showed little emotion upon hearing the verdict.

Nugent’s bloody body was found in her Burlington apartment in late October of 2014.

A box cutter was seized at the apartment and there had been a 4-hour standoff with police before Copeland was arrested.

Copeland’s lawyer had claimed he killed her in self defence.

Copeland and the 32-year-old Nugent had had an on again off again relationship and he had been living with her.

The court heard she intended to break off the relationship.

He will be sentenced August 13.

Disturbances in Belleville

On June 20, 2018, at 5:12 p.m. police attended on Elgin Street regarding a woman who was causing a disturbance by yelling and shouting at people. Several neighbours feared for their safety. A 32-year-old Belleville woman was located and arrested to prevent a further breach of the peace.

On June 20, 2018, at 9:49 p.m. police attended on Front Street at the Riverfront Trail in relation to a male stumbling on the trail. A 52-year-old Belleville man was arrested for his own protection under the Liquor Licence Act. Once at the station it was discovered that he had a laceration on the back of his head. Paramedics attended and transported the male to BGH for treatment of his injuries.

On June 21, 2018, at 4:45 a.m. police attended at a disturbance on Tracey Park Drive. A 56-year-old Belleville man was arrested for breaching a condition of his bail. The condition was to abstain from the consumption of alcohol. He was charged with breach of an undertaking and held for a bail hearing on June 21. There were no reported injuries.

Failed getaway

Belleville police chased down a shoplifter Wednesday afternoon in the city’s north end.

Police report a shoplifter had run away from store security at a Millennium Parkway business.

Officers caught up to a suspect near Highway 62 and arrested a 54-year-old Madoc man for theft.

About $750 worth of merchandise was seized.

The suspect appears in court July 26.

Man brandishes knife

There was a weapons call at a north end Belleville business Wednesday afternoon.

Just after 3 o’clock, city police were called to a business on Bell Boulevard when it was reported a man had brandished a knife at store security.

The man had previously been banned from the property.

A 55-year-old man was arrested and charged with weapons dangerous. A knife was seized.

There were no injuries. The suspect appears in court July 26.

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