New County hospital update

Prince Edward Memorial Hospital.

Quinte Health Care was given an update on the new hospital proposed for Prince Edward County.

On Tuesday night, the board was told of recent efforts by the steering committee, including proposed sites.

They are looking at the hospital site or the greenfield space adjacent to McFarland Home.

QHC Chief Financial Officer Brad Harrington says now that they have received approval for the pre-capital submission, they can now move to the next stage.

Brad Harrington

The committee says they will look at numerous factors, including site access, environmental impact, drainage, electrical and mechanical capacity.

Information is being gathered from community members, along with health care partners, to find the best options for a new hospital.

A new hospital for The County could still be close to a decade away.

Funding not meeting inflation

QHC CFO Brad Harrington looks over the 2017-18 operating budget March 28, 2017 (Photo: Tim Durkin/ Quinte News)

Quinte Health Care has signed off on the operating and capital plans for 2017-18. At Tuesday night’s board meeting, members agreed on plans for the upcoming year.  The operating budget will be $182 million, up over $4 million from 2016-17.

(l-r) Chief of Staff Dr Dick Zoutmann, CEO Mary Clare Egberts and Board Chair Douglas McGregor (Photo: Tim Durkin/ Quinte News)

CEO Mary Clare Egberts says the main investments come in patient care. Egberts says the budget is going to meet the needs of the community.

Mary Clare Egberts

Chief Financial Officer Brad Harrington says they will receive $2.26 million in extra funding over the last fiscal budget.  He says that is a step in the right direction.

Brad Harrington

QHC Chief Financial Officer Brad Harrington (Photo: Tim Durkin/ Quinte News)

Just to meet inflation, millions in extra funding needs to be provided just to keep the same coverage of expenses in the year prior.

Over the last five years, the operating budget has dropped from $200 million.  Last year the budget was $177.6 million.

A capital budget of $8.158 million was also approved.  Nearly half the funding comes from the hospital foundations.

Strathcona property for sale

The back entrance to the Avaya Strathcona Energy (former Nortel) Property off Palmer Road (Photo: John Spitters/ Quinte News)


The property which once housed Nortel is up for sale.

Quinte News has learned that the property at 250 Sidney Street, is part of a property sale, as large as 33.4 acres.  A numbered company owned the site, and also owned the tenant in part of the building, Strathcona Energy Group (Karl and Susanne’s Hollett were directors for both companies)

The sale includes 250 Sidney Street, the buildings on the property and vacant land running along Palmer Road (269 Palmer).

Strathcona Energy in Belleville (Photo: John Spitters/ Quinte News)

D.W. Gould Realty Advisors are overseeing the sale on behalf of BDO.  Sidney Street Property Corp. is the creditor on the site.

Derek Gould (D.W. Gould Realty Advisors) says the sale will in no way affect the current tenants on the property. He adds that someone can purchase and sever a portion of the site, and the size could depend on the deal. For example they could buy the entire 33 acres, or a portion of that.  The asking price is $3.1 million.

A portion of the property has ongoing contamination concerns.  Some of that contamination leaked onto the adjacent school property (Our Lady of Fatima), forcing the Algonquin Lakeshore Catholic District School Board to remove students for several months, placing them at George Vanier.

Karl and Susanne Hollett no longer own the site.  Strathcona Energy and Fath PV Tech of Napanee are in receivership, with Fuller Landau in Toronto in charge of the receivership.  There were millions of dollars in litigation against Strathcona Energy, however once the company went into receivership, the legal issues were stayed.

Gould says a company could move in to work in the main building, or they could purchase it and look for a tenant themselves.  Machinery inside the building is not up for sale.

Meantime there is no word on the deal between Strathcona Energy and FedDev Ontario, which provided up to $1.95 million to the company, to bring 86 jobs to the city.  One source says as much as $1.25 million had already been delivered to the company.


Crash and charges in QW

A driver who was charged with impaired Friday night, is also accused of being in a collision earlier in the evening.

Around 8:30 p.m. Friday, officers on general patrol say a vehicle was being driven erratically.

Officers stopped the driver in the Trenton Walmart parking lot and charged the 19 year old Belleville man with impaired, over 80 milligrams, dangerous operation, leaving the scene of a collision and being a novice driver.

There were no injuries in the collision.

A woman was released on a promise to appear as well.

PHOTOS: The Yard opens up

The north wall is broken through (Photo : Project Mgr Peter Lyng)


Belleville’s Yardmen Arena  continues in renovations in preparation for the Belleville Senators of the American Hockey League.

The following photos were taken over the last 48 hours.

Pieces of the old surface are broken up (Photo : Project Mgr Peter Lyng)


The north wall has the exterior removed (Photo : Project Mgr Peter Lyng)


The concrete floor removed by officials (Photo : Project Mgr Peter Lyng)


Light breaks through the north wall (Photo : Project Mgr Peter Lyng)


No more north walkway and a portion of the wall goes down (Photo : Project Mgr Peter Lyng)

No veterans centre yet for TMH

An aerial view at the site for the proposed health hub for TMH

MP Neil Ellis says money is coming for a Veterans Health Care Centre, but it is still not known if Trenton will be the hub for that.

Following the budget release Wednesday, the Bay of Quinte member tells Quinte News they have earmarked $17.5 million for a site, but he says where that will be has not been determined.

Neil Ellis

Ellis says he is pushing for Trenton to be the location for that centre, however he says it’s yet to be determined.

The Trenton Memorial Hospital will become a health centre hub, with a number of services expected under the same roof.

Boil water remains

Workers cover Pelham Street after repairing a watermain leak in QW (Photo: Tim Durkin/ Quinte News)

It appears the water main break in Trenton Thursday morning, was not as serious as originally thought.

Around 7:30 a.m., city officials were called to the public works yard on Pelham Street, after the pipe broke, flooding the streets in the area.

Mayor Jim Harrison says it was not the 20 inch pipe that broke as was indicated.

Jim Harrison

Harrison says the boil water advisory remains in effect for those west of the Trent River.

The health unit needs three straight clean water tests before the boil water advisory is lifted.

Pro-Am Golf for Trillium/Quinte

Officials with The JT Pro Am Classic and the Great Lakes Golf Tour Wednesday at Slapshot Bar & Grill (Photo: Tim Durkin/ Quinte News)

A brand new golf tournament is coming to the Quinte region, one that will bring some of the best golfers around Ontario.

Wednesday afternoon at Slapshot Bar and Grill, organizers launched the JT Pro Am Classic, going to Trillium Wood Golf Course on June 26th.  There is room for 24 teams, with 20 already booked.

Proceeds of the tourney will go to support Big Brothers Big Sisters Hastings Prince Edward.

Mike Letwin is with the board for BBBS HPE. He says it is great to be chosen.

Mike Letwin

Jim Kenesky is an owner with the Great Lakes Tour. He says Belleville, Trillium Wood and this tourney were a perfect fit with their other Ontario events.

Jim Kenesky

Each teams of amateurs will be paired with a pro.

PHOTOS: Watermain leak in Trenton

(Photo: submitted to Quinte News)

Wednesday morning was a busy one for city workers in Quinte West.

A watermain break in Trenton on Pelham Street at the Public Works Yard caused headache all day as crews scrambled to repair the site.

Workers cover Pelham Street after repairing a watermain leak in QW (Photo: Tim Durkin/ Quinte News)

It caused a boil water advisory and many thousands were not able to turn their taps for hours.

(Photo: submitted to Quinte News)


(Photo: submitted to Quinte News)


(Photos: submitted to Quinte News)

PHOTOS: Fire at Dukes playoff game

Members of the Wellington Dukes evacuated during a fire at the Cobourg Community Centre Wednesday (Photo: TIm Durkin/ Quinte News)

A fire was started Wednesday night during the Wellington Dukes playoff game in Cobourg.

Midway through the third period, heavy black smoke began billowing out of the men’s bathroom.

Fire damaged the bathroom at the Cobourg Community Centre on Wednesday night (Photo: Tim Durkin/ Quinte News)

Fans and members of the teams were evacuated.

Coboug Fire Captain Mark Diminie says there were retired and off duty fire members at the game, who hit the flames with fire extinguishers.

Cobourg Fire Chief

Officials with the Cobourg Community Centre and the Cobourg Fire Department outside the washroom at the arena (Photo: Tim Durkin/ Quinte News)

The investigation continues.

The game continued about an hour later, once crews gave the okay.

Fire officials and members of the Wellington Dukes organization at ice level following the fire (Photo: Tim Durkin/ Quinte News)


OJHL Chairman Scott McCrory discuss options with the Dukes staff (Photo: Tim Durkin/ Quinte News)

Sens release ticket prices

Senators Captain Michael Blunden works the puck in the corner during the Binghamton Senators practice in Belleville (Photo: Tim Durkin/ Quinte News)

The ticket prices for the Belleville Senators have been released.

Wednesday morning officials told Quinte News that season tickets will range from $741-$883 a season, or $19.50 to $23.25 per seat per game.

Sens COO Rob Mullowney says the goal is to provide great entertainment at the best possible prices for hockey fans in the region.

Payment plans are available for fans who wish to pay for the season’s tickets in at least five equal monthly installments (from May through September), and all fans on our season ticket list will have the option of paying up front, or over these installments..

A link to full details can be found by CLICKING HERE

Launch of I Left the City

A new website has been launched, with the goal of showcasing the move from the big city to Hastings County.

It is called and Wednesday morning officials showcased the website, including the testimonials of those who have left the big city, for Hastings County.

Warden Rodney Cooney.

Rodney Cooney

Manager of Economic Development Andrew Redden.

Andrew Redden