Ombudsman admonishes Brighton council

Brighton council. Back row left to right, Mary Tadman, Mayor Mark Walas, Laura Vink. Front row left to right Roger McMurray, Steve Baker, Brian Ostrander, John Martinello.

Council for the Municipality of Brighton has been found guilty of contravening Ontario’s Municipal Act after phone calls between the mayor and 4 councillors about a potential land sale last spring.

A complaint was made to the Ombudsman of Ontario in March after phone calls between Mayor Mark Walas and 4 unnamed councillors.

The subject of the calls was the opportunity to sell land to a company planning to build a plant in the area.

Other local communities were also making proposals to the company, which was going to make a decision quickly.   A special meeting of council to discuss the issue in public was scheduled shortly after the calls were made.

In his decision, the Ombudsman writes that under the Municipal Act, the phone calls contained detailed information and involved a quorum of council and therefore qualified as a “council meeting” and should have been advertised and held in public.

The Ombudsman says members of Brighton council should be vigilant and never exercise council authority or lay the groundwork for decisions by phone calls or by other electronic means.

The Ombudsman’s report will come to council at tomorrow evening’s (Monday) regular meeting in council chambers.

Here is the entire report.

Costly work in Quinte West park

Council and staff in the City of Quinte West are getting more than they bargained for as work proceeds to upgrade lighting at new playing fields in Trenton’s Centennial Park.

When work got underway for lights for soccer and ball fields, it was discovered the park’s electrical system was old and not powerful enough to support both current and future needs in the park.

At tomorrow night’s meeting, council will see a staff report outlining necessary upgrades to the electrical system and light pole footings throughout the park, costing a total of $770,000.

Quinte West council meets tomorrow evening at 6:30 at City Hall.

 

Don’t look straight at sun Monday

Photo: Pixabay

Millions of people are waiting for a major solar eclipse this Monday.

In the U.S. around the state of Illinois, there will be a total eclipse of the sun by the moon for about 2 minutes.

In our part of the world, it’s expected that we’ll see the moon blocking about 70% of the sun.

Appearing on CJBQ’s Lorne Brooker Show, a Professor of Physics and Astrology at York University, Dr. Paul Delaney, says a 70% eclipse can cause serious damage to people’s eyes.

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The eclipse will be at its strongest in our area around 2 Monday afternoon.

Oops!! Too tall for walkway

Truck under elevated walkway over old highway 2 at CFB Trenton.(Photo: submitted.)

Traffic was snarled on Old Highway 2 at CFB Trenton for a while this morning.

A truck carrying construction equipment hit the elevated walkway that crosses the highway so people can walk from the north to the south side of the base.

There was some damage to the walkway, and one lane of westbound traffic was shut down for a while.

There were no injuries.

Norwood area drug busts

Members of the Peterborough County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Community Street Crime Unit and members of the Central Region Emergency Response Team executed a warrant Wednesday shortly after 4:00 p.m. in the Village of Norwood.

Police entered the residence with a warrant granted under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Investigators arrested and charged three males at the scene, seizing drugs and a firearm.

Perry Jay FAWM (age 51) of Norwood, Ontario.

  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm
  • Possession of a firearm while prohibited
  • Possession of a schedule I controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking (Hydromorphcontin)
  • Production of a Schedule II controlled substance (Cannabis Resin)
  • Possession of a Schedule II controlled substance (Marijuana over 30g)
  • Breach condition of probation order (not to possess illegal drugs or substances)

The accused remains in custody pending a show cause hearing in the Ontario Court of Justice in Peterborough, Ontario.

Anthony MOTUZAS (age 73) of Norwood, Ontario.

  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm

The accused is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Peterborough, Ontario on August 21, 2017.

Timothy MOTUZAS (age 33) of Norwood, Ontario.

  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm
  • Possession of a Schedule II controlled substance (Cannabis Resin)
  • Possession of a Schedule II controlled substance (Marijuana under 30g)

 The accused is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Peterborough, Ontario on September 21, 2017.

 

UPDATE: Highway Heroes Ride

Wreaths laid by the royal couple at the Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial, as part of the 2017 Royal Tour, on June 30, 2017. (Photo: David Foot / Quinte News)

We need to make a correction to a story we ran earlier this week.

The Highway of Heroes Bike Ride goes tomorrow(sat) but the ride involves around 100
bicyclists, not motorcyclists, as we reported previously.

Also, the ride will not involve the 401, but will travel normal bicycle routes running parallel to the 401.

The Highway of Heroes Bike Ride benefits Wounded Warriors Canada, which provides mental health services to veterans.

The cyclists will leave the Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial in Trenton around 9 tomorrow morning, heading to Toronto.

Disturbance leads to sex charge

A 30 year old man faces sex assault, break and enter, and breach of probation charges after an incident early yesterday morning in west end Belleville.

The man cannot be identified because of a publication ban.

He appears in court today (Friday) for a bail hearing.

UPDATE: Constable Shorey resigns

Constable Eric Shorey walks out of Police Services Act Hearing at Fairfield Inn and Suites in Belleville on Thursday October 8, 2015. (Photo: Tom Harris)

“UPDATE:  Constable Eric Shorey resigned today(Friday) and his resignation was accepted by the Belleville Police Service.  The BPS will make no further comment on the matter out of respect for Shorey and his family.

Constable Shorey was found guilty of criminal harassment involving a woman after being charged back in 2012.

Later, under the Police Services Act, he was found guilty of misconduct.

He has been suspended with pay since 2012.

See the entire decision here.

Legal action against Prince Edward County

Photo: Save Picton Bay Facebook.

A residents’ group concerned about the environmental impacts of a commercial/industrial port on Picton Bay has commenced
a legal action against Prince Edward County council.

The group, Save Picton Bay, has made application to the Superior Court of Justice and a hearing will be held October 27th at the
courthouse on Union Street in Picton.

Save Picton Bay will challenge county council’s decision to allow the storage of salt, coke and other materials at Picton Terminals.

Recently, council voted to sanction the operation as a “legal non-conforming use”.

Currently, Picton Terminals is the focus of an investigation by the Ministry of Environment for not covering salt piles according to
regulations.

To see the legal application click here.

 

 

 

 

 

Hamilton Road accident

Photo:( Jamie LaRue-Baker)

Somehow a woman was able to walk away uninjured after her car rolled off of Hamilton Road early last night.

The single vehicle mishap occurred just before 7 o’clock in the area of Aikins Road.

Quinte West firefighters and OPP responded.

No further detail available.

Mayors positive on health care

Prince Edward County Mayor Robert Quaiff.(Photo: Brock Ormond / Quintenews).

There were no promises or contracts signed, but both the mayors of Prince Edward County and Quinte West left a meeting with the provincial Minister of Health with a positive feeling.

Quinte West Mayor Jim Harrison says Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins is well aware that Quinte Health Care needs more financial support because of its four sites than does a system involving just one facility.

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Meanwhile, Prince Edward County Mayor Robert Quaiff says Minister Hoskins was enthusiastic in his support for a new hospital and medical campus in Picton, hoping the designs for the project would get to the Ministry as soon as possible.

Reminder: Belleville police open house

Belleville Police Station on Dundas Street. (File Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber/Quinte News)

If you’re interested in going behind the scenes to learn more about how a police department works, we remind you that the Belleville Police Service is offering an open house tomorrow (Friday).

Everyone is welcome to come to the Belleville police headquarters on Dundas East tomorrow (Friday) from 10 to 2.

There will be tours of the building, demonstrations and displays involving the Emergency Response, Traffic, and Forensic Identification Units.

There will also be a charity BBQ.