Belleville city council has formed a special task force to deal with the parking issue in the city’s downtown.
Last night Councillor Egerton Boyce called on council to form a “brainstorming group” to deal with parking for the city centre.
Boyce said there are 300 parking spots, and the group should meet with the Downtown Improvement Area to discuss how to improve the parking situation.
Athletes coming to town
More than two thousand athletes will descend on Belleville early in June as the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations holds its championship event in the city.
Director of Operations for the OFSAA, Tim Larry, told city council last night that the event, the largest in Canada, will draw 2,300 athletes for a three-day event.
Larry said it meant a $2 million economic boost for the city when it was held here in 2002.
The association has received $85,000 from the Parrott Foundation and $10,000 from a private donor, which will be used to buy equipment which will stay with the city.
Council referred a request for assistance with parking issues to city staff.
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
Sandy Watson-Moyles appeared before city council last night to remind councillors that the Three Oaks/Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event will be held May 13.
Watson-Moyles says Three Oaks have served 600 women and children who need help from abuse.
She pointed out that there is no need for the men to worry about high heels for this fundraiser walk, since there are now “options for more comfortable red shoes.”
The walk, which was diverted last year because of construction, will once more go down Front Street to Market Square.