A report on the economic benefits of the renovations to the home of the Belleville Senators, and the entire Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre met with some questions at city council Monday night.
Councillor Kelly McCaw questioned the prediction by Director of Recreation Mark Fluhrer of the millions in economic spinoff.
Fluhrer said he had the numbers “from people who do that for a living”.
Councillor Paul Carr emphasized that it’s about much more than hockey, and the renovations allow the city a unique opportunity to capitalize on the potential for an economic impact.
He said a business plan would fully maximize the investment.
Councillor Egerton Boyce said another marketing person might be needed to market for events other than hockey.
Councillor Mitch Panciuk asked if such a business plan could be ready for the operating budget in April, and Fluhrer agreed that was possible.
Update on the new police station
Belleville city council received an update Monday night on the new police station scheduled to get under construction next year.
Project Manager Joel Carr-Braint said the station is right on budget and is being designed to meet the city’s needs for the next five to ten years.
He said it is being built at just over 60,000 square feet.
Councillor Paul Carr emphasized the questions were not aimed at slowing the project but an update was needed.