OJHL battle of Quinte

The Trenton Golden Hawks and the Wellington Dukes went head to head in a battle of Quinte Friday night.

The Dukes weren’t able to hold off the G-Hawks as Trenton cruised to a 6-3 victory over Wellington.

Michael Silveri, Austin Tonkovich, Jeremy Pullara, Andrew Cordssen-David, Lucas Brown and Anthony Sorrentino all scored for the G-Hawks, while Brayden Stortz, Colin Doyle and Brody Morris scored for the Dukes.

Both teams have tonight (Saturday) off. Wellington goes again Sunday when they face Lindsay, broadcast time on CJBQ is 1:50.

Municipal Act and conflict of interest

Belleville Mayor Taso Christopher at city council’s capital budget meeting, October 26, 2016. (Photo: Mary Thomas/Quinte News)

The Ontario Municipal Act can be cut and dried in regulations regarding conflict of interest.

Locally, the Mayor of Belleville, Taso Christopher has been accused of breaking conflict of interest rules by voting on a project that involved some property that he owned.

Belleville resident and realtor Gary Davidson filed a Notice of Application with Superior Court in Kingston making the claims against the Mayor earlier this week.

In the Municipal Act, if it’s found a member had “no excuse” for breaching the Act the verdict is automatic. The member must vacate his or her seat, cannot run for council again for 7 years, and must pay restitution for financial gain, if applicable.

However, a member can be excused of the breach if it’s found the action was “inadvertent” or an “error in judgement”. In that case the member does not vacate his or her seat and is not disqualified. However, restitution for financial gain could still be enforced.

A hearing on the Davidson/Christopher matter is scheduled for June 30th

Distracted driving targeted

On the 20th of January, members of the Belleville Police Service Traffic Safety Unit took part in a special project, targeting distracted driving.  A member of the unit spent 6 hours watching traffic from a Belleville Transit bus. As a result, numerous offenses were observed, including:

9 charges of distracted driving ($490 fine, 3 demerit points)
1 follow too closely ($110 fine, 4 demerit points)
1 suspended driver ($2000 fine, automatic 6 month suspension)

In addition, the officer on the bus saw more than 20 other people using their devices, but not all were able to be stopped and charged. Distracted driving represents a threat to all highway users. By putting your device away, you greatly increase the chances of arriving at your destination safely. The Traffic Safety Unit will continue using different and innovative ways to observe for offenses. The consequences of an injury collision can change lives forever.

Slow down

A 35 year old man from Kingston got caught going close to double the speed limit on the 401 Wednesday.

Napanee OPP clocked the driver going 171 kmh in a 100 zone.

His vehicle was automatically taken away for 7 days, and he had his licence suspended for 7 days.

He faces a charge of stunt driving.

Restrictions unlikely on Casey Road

Business owners along Casey Road off Highway 37 in Belleville can breathe a sigh of relief.

There had been a push by some residents and City of Belleville staff that there could be restrictions
placed on heavy trucks using parts of Casey Road.

The road was breaking down in spots due to the heavy traffic.

However, Monday, city council will see a staff report that states most of the heavy trucks using Casey Road between 37 and Mitchell Road are coming to businesses located there.

The report concludes enforcing restrictions on heavy trucks would be next to impossible.

Law of supply and demand

The CEO of the Ontario Real Estate Association and former Progressive Conservative Party leader Tim Hudak has reinforced what is becoming more and more apparent.

The Quinte region is becoming a popular place to move to and live.

Speaking on CJBQ’s Lorne Brooker show today (Friday), Hudak said the Quinte region offers a great lifestyle and still reasonable home prices.

But, since demand has been increasing for homes in the area the supply had better catch up.

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Belleville police report: January 20

Belleville police officers continue to deal with thefts, both from homes and from vehicles.

Yesterday morning (Thursday), police began an investigation into a break in at a Moira Street West residence.

Suspects had stolen stereo equipment and other items.

Meanwhile, around 1:30 this morning (Friday), officers chased down two men, one 19 and the other 17, after people were seen near vehicles in the Bridge/MacDonald streets area.

Officers found the pair to be in possession of items stolen from vehicles in the area. Both males appear in court in March.

Also yesterday (Thursday), vehicles were broken into in the area of William, Charles, and Ann streets.

Victims of the crimes are asked to contact city police or Crime Stoppers.

Builders going at it hammer and tong

John VanHuizen, member of the Quinte Homebuilders Association and the Bay of Quinte Regional Marketing Board.(Photo/Quinte News).

There’s been a building boom in the Quinte region, and local homebuilders are working flat out to keep up with demand.

At a recent meeting of the Bay of Quinte Regional Marketing Board, member of the Quinte Homebulders Association, John VanHuizen, said advertising in the Toronto area by the then Bay of Quinte Living Council was a great move.

The first campaign was in 2015/16.

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The Bay of Quinte Living Council and Bay of Quinte Tourism have now merged into the Regional Marketing Board.

Clicks up, and so are dollars

Executive Director of the Bay of Quinte Regional Marketing Board Dug Stephenson.(Photo/Quinte News).

Online traffic to the websites and social media platforms owned by the Bay of Quinte Regional Marketing Board is way up.

Overall, website and social media traffic is up 175% from last year, as ongoing marketing campaigns both locally and in the Toronto area create interest in the Quinte region.

Executive Director of the Bay of Quinte Regional Marketing Board, Dug Stevenson, says clicks online are one thing, but there is also hard data showing more people visiting and staying in the area and boosting the local economy by spending.

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Meanwhile, the Regional Marketing Board will be made up of one representative from paying organizations plus a minimum of one member of an outside organization, to a maximum of 12 members.

Belleville B + E

The Belleville Police service responded to 52 calls for service between 5 a.m. on the 18th of January 2017 and 5 a.m. on the 19th of January 2017.

Break and Enter- Residential

Belleville, Ont. On the 18th of January 2017 at approximately 9:30 a.m., Belleville Police Service investigated a break and enter at a Bleecker Street residence. The investigation revealed that sometime between 10 p.m. the previous night and 5 a.m., unknown person(s) entered the residence by opening an unlocked ground floor window. The suspect(s) removed a purse and several other items. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Belleville Police or Quinte Crime Stoppers.

Stirling-Rawdon investigations questioned

Stirling-Rawdon Police Chief Dario Cecchin.(Photo/Quinte News).

Stirling-Rawdon Police Chief Dario Cecchin.(Photo/Quinte News).

The Chief of the Stirling-Rawdon Police Service says any incidents involving his officers are investigated thoroughly.

At a recent Stirling-Rawdon Police Board meeting, residents Greg Oliver and Wayne Martin questioned Chief Dario Cecchin about a couple of accidents involving police officers and an incident in June in which an officer accidentally shot himself at the police station.

Chief Cecchin said every incident is investigated to see if charges against officers are warranted.

He said in the gunshot incident, the Belleville Police Service was called in to investigate and the evidence was turned over to a Crown Attorney who decided charges should not be laid.

Hastings County pushes economic development

Hastings County council is beefing up it’s Economic Development department.

At a special Hastings County council meeting earlier this week, council voted to boost spending to promote businesses moving to its 14 member municipalities.

Although Hastings County’s budget is yet to be set, the decision to move two economic development staffers from part-time to full-time and to add a full time marketing coordinator will likely have a negative effect on the Bay of Quinte Regional Marketing Board, formerly Bay of Quinte Tourism and Living.

About $36,000 of the cost of boosting Hastings County’s economic development department had been slated to go to the Bay of Quinte Regional Marketing Board.

Tourism Coordinator for Hastings County, Kasey Rogerson, says County council wants all of its economic development money focused on it’s own territory.

Meanwhile, Dug Stephenson of the Regional Marketing Board says the potential budget shortfall will be made up from other funding opportunities.