Barn fire in Prince Edward County
Prince Edward County firefighters are on the scene of a small barn fire Wednesday morning.
The call came in around 5:45 am to 3038 County Road 3, commonly known as the Rednersville Road.
The barn is at a horse farm near Old Orchard Road, east of Carrying Place. There were no reports of people or animals in the barn.
The fire was under control by 6:10 am and a cleanup and investigation is underway.
Worries about safety on downtown sidewalks
The City of Belleville could soon start regulating people who bicycle, skateboard, or drive scooters in the downtown.
Councillor Mitch Panciuk says many residents and business owners are concerned about the dangers posed by skateboarders, cyclists and scooter drivers who use the sidewalks in the downtown.
City staff will present a bylaw, complete with definitions and set fines, to a meeting in the near future for council’s consideration.
Thurlow road improvement turned down
Fifty thousand dollars isn’t a whole lot of money for a multi-million dollar entity like the City of Belleville, but there was quite a bit of discussion about that amount of cash at city council Tuesday.
A short stretch of Maitland Drive between Mineral Road and Parks Drive is full of potholes and is getting worse.
City staff suggested paving that stretch as a stopgap measure before a major reconstruction of Maitland Drive expected next year. The temporary work would cost around $50,000.
However, council was evenly split at three votes apiece and the project was turned down. All Belleville councillors voted against the paving and all Thurlow councillors voted in favour.
Those voting against said the money should be spent on one of the many other streets or roads that weren’t being reconstructed in the near future.
Mayor Taso Christopher declared a conflict of interest as he is a partner in a business that owns some property in the area and left the room while the discussion and vote took place.
City staff will attempt to find the money somewhere else in the budget for a cheaper fix.
Council sells another structure
The City of Belleville has sold one of its buildings in the downtown.
Tuesday, City Council voted to approve the sale of the Build Belleville building and property
beside the Legion on Pinnacle Street to Alnoor Ladhani.
The sale price was $711,000.
Paramedics busier and busier
The ambulance business in our area is getting busier and busier.
The Chief of Hastings Paramedic Services and Director of Emergency Services, Doug Socha,
told Belleville council Tuesday that paramedics dealt with 32,000 calls for service last year in Hastings and Prince Edward counties, 22,000 of the calls involving direct patient contact.
That is an 8.4% increase from the year before.
Socha went on to say he was pleased to announce that all response time standards were met or exceeded.
Demand for ambulance services is only expected to increase because of a growing cohort of older people in this region.
Farewells at Belleville city council
It was almost like Christmas as Belleville politicians and CFB Trenton leaders exchanged gifts and compliments at Tuesday’s city council meeting.
8 Wing Base Commander Colonel Colin Keiver and Chief Warrant Officer Darcy Elder presented Mayor Taso Christopher with a certificate commemorating Belleville’s 200th birthday and a photograph from the Freedom of the City event at city hall recently.
The Colonel thanked council and residents for their continuing support of CFB Trenton and its personnel.
Meanwhile, the Mayor presented the Base Commander with the Key to the City.
Mayor Christopher said both military men were a credit to the community, calling the Base Commander a “classy individual”.
Both Colonel Keiver and Chief Warrant Officer Elder will be leaving CFB Trenton in the coming days.
Belleville’s Senior of the Year
A longtime volunteer in Belleville was honoured at yesterday’s city council meeting.
Mayor Taso Christopher presented Lorna Garbutt with the 2017 Senior of the Year award
on behalf of the city and the Province of Ontario.
Lorna Garbutt has volunteered for many years, and has worked tirelessly with the Community Archives of Belleville and Hastings County.
Suds store in Belleville’s north end welcome
Belleville council certainly won’t stand in the way of a new beer store near the Quinte Mall.
At its meeting tonight (Tuesday), council enthusiastically supported an application to the province by The
Beer Store to build an outlet somewhere west of the mall.
Councillor Mitch Panciuk declared a conflict of interest and did not take part in the vote or discussion as he owns
the Boston Pizza restaurant near where The Beer Store would be.
Currently, Belleville’s beer stores are both near the downtown.
Belleville harbour shut for season
All the rain causing high water levels in the bay and in Lake Ontario has closed a Belleville park for the season.
City Facilities Manager Peter Lyng told council Tuesday that Victoria Park and harbour will remain closed all summer and into the fall because of flooding.
The road into the park is basically washed out, and the sewer and electrical systems could well be compromised because of the ongoing high water levels. Bringing the park up to snuff could be costly.
Flooding at the South George Street boat launch isn’t as bad, but there could be problems with shoreline erosion when the water finally recedes sometime in the fall.
Support needed for new residential hospice
Hospice Quinte is hoping Belleville council will be at least as generous as Quinte West council when it
comes to supporting a new residential hospice to serve both cities.
Quinte West has donated seven acres of land across from Bayside Secondary School and offered $1 million toward the creation of a six bed residential hospice.
Tuesday, Dr. Jennifer Webster of Hospice Quinte asked Belleville council to donate $200,000 a year for 10 years toward the $600,000 a year cost of operating such a facility.
Council deferred the request to 2018 budget discussions.
Meanwhile, some on council wondered why there couldn’t be a smaller hospice in Belleville, and another smaller one in Quinte West.
Dr. Webster says operating two separate smaller facilities would cost too much.
The new residential hospice would offer comfortable homelike surroundings for people near the end of their lives, even offering space for pets and a children’s play area. It would be staffed by medical professionals at all times.
The new hospice would cost between two and three million dollars to build and fundraising is now beginning.
The Southeast Local Health Integration Network has approved paying for the cost of the professional staff in the building.
It’s hoped the residential hospice could be up and running sometime in 2019.
The closest residential hospices to Belleville and Quinte West now are in Picton, Madoc, Warkworth, and Bancroft.
CORRECTION: Picton vintage aircraft event
We have a correction to a story we posted yesterday (Monday).
We had the incorrect day and time for the Vimy Flight Birth of a Nation event at the Picton Airport.
The show will not be held this Sunday.
It is actually on Monday, July 3, running from 11 in the morning until 1 in the afternoon.
The Prince Edward Flying Club has arranged for the vintage World War One biplanes to stop by as part of their nation wide tour.
We are sorry for the error.
Financial help for Brighton
Brighton council has signed off on agreements that will lead to the provincial government granting some money for infrastructure and community safety.
Under the provincial Clean Water and Wastewater Fund, Brighton will receive $207,000 for the reconstruction of Orchard Crescent.
The close to $600,000 project will involve new water/sewer hookups as well as new curbs and sidewalks.
Meanwhile, the province is granting Brighton $35,000 under the 1000 Officers program, helping pay some of the cost for an extra OPP officer to work in the community.