A major land sale for the city of Belleville, and a major expansion for a local company.
Monday night at city council, Mayor Taso Christopher announced that the city has sold a 40-acre parcel of land to Vision Transportation on Greenleaf Court.
This will allow the company to expand its operation by building a 150,ooo square foot addition, adding 10 employees on College Street East.
Mayor Christopher says the city is pleased to accommodate the “aggressive growth.”
The deal is expected to close at the end of August, with the completion of the new building scheduled for 2017.
Belleville city council has been given a preliminary update on provincial government changes for the next municipal election in 2018.
Monday night, city clerk Matt Macdonald outlined some of the changes including the option for ranked balloting, and the shortened nomination period for candidates.
The nomination period will be from May to July, previously it had been from January 2nd.
Corporations and trade unions will no longer be able to contribute to campaigns.
MacDonald told Quinte News that from the perspective of the clerk running the election, the issue of “ranked balloting is very challenging”
MacDonald expects to bring a full report to city council early in 2017.
Zwick’s Park upgrade
Belleville has given the green light to upgrades to one of its premier soccer pitches at Zwick’s Park..
A staff report before council Monday night indicated the 24 year-old Field 2 has become uneven to the extent it was affecting play and increasing possibility of player injury.
Existing drainage is poor resulting in a large number of game closures.
The contract was awarded to VanSoelen Landscaping to expand the field to allow sports other than soccer and to level the pitch, at a total of $372,000.