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Belleville Magazine


CITY OF BELLEVILLE 169 Front Street Belleville, Ontario K8N 2Y8 Tel: (613) 968-6481 TTY: (613) 967-3768 MAYOR Taso A. Christopher COUNCIL Egerton Boyce, Paul Carr, Jackie Denyes, Mike Graham, Kelly McCaw, Jack Miller, Mitch Panciuk, Garnet Thompson SENIOR MANAGEMENT CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER Rick Kester DIRECTOR, ENGINEERING & DEVELOPMENT SERVICES Rod Bovay DIRECTOR, FINANCE Brian Cousins MANAGER, HUMAN RESOURCES Tim Osborne DIRECTOR, RECREATION, CULTURE & COMMUNITY SERVICES Mark Fluhrer ACTING DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE SERVICES/CLERK Matt MacDonald DIRECTOR OF EMERGENCY SERVICES/ FIRE CHIEF Mark MacDonald MANAGER, ECONOMIC & STRATEGIC INITIATIVES Karen Poste BELLEVILLE Magazine is published quarterly by the City of Belleville. Magazine Contributors: Aaron Bell, Gerry Fraiberg, Karen Parker, Karen Poste, Bill Saunders and Marilyn Warren Editor - Marilyn Warren BELLEVILLE Magazine is available online and in an accessible text-only format at Printed in Canada All information ©2015, City of Belleville. No use is permitted without written permission.

On behalf of City Council, Senior Management and all of the staff at the City of Belleville, it is my profound pleasure to welcome you to the 2015 spring edition of the BELLEVILLE magazine. The BELLEVILLE magazine has proven to be a great resource for the City of Belleville in allowing us to keep the residents of Belleville up-todate on the most recent projects and events happening within our City. We have focused this edition of the BELLEVILLE magazine around the theme of “Building” and throughout the pages of this magazine you will see various examples of this. The City of Belleville is thrilled to be hosting the Ontario Small Urban Municipalities Conference (OSUM), this April 29-May 1. The conference theme is ‘Building Better Communities’. We look forward to welcoming delegates to discuss common issues and themes and to hearing from experienced keynote speakers. I am looking forward to showcasing our beautiful City to delegates from across the province. We are also pleased to highlight the Quinte Home Show and to feature some of our local builders who have been building quality homes in our community for many years. Throughout the pages, you will also receive an update from the Build Belleville Project Centre as the City embarks on the implementation phase of the project. I kindly welcome your feedback and look forward to our continued work together as we ‘build’ a better Belleville. Warm Regards, Taso A. Christopher Mayor

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Contents 14 Belleville’s City Hall joins the CN Tower, Toronto City Hall, Ontario Place and the Eaton Centre in Toronto as winners of the prestigious

Landmark Designation Award.


Poste It Note On Belleville Business

Strategies and support systems for finding work in Belleville




Belleville hosts Ontario Small Urban Municipalities Conference

Building is Big Business in Belleville

Home builders/developers share their stories on why Belleville works

10 Marc Coyle

City IT pursuing creative avenues to virtually connect our community

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Belleville Downtown Improvement Area anticipating great things for 2015

13 Belleville & District

Chamber of Commerce Changing times Message from CEO

16 Build Belleville

Progress Report

Updates on municipality’s ongoing BuildBelleville infrastructure rehabilitation program

22 Green Task Force Working with community partners to develop opportunities for healthy lifestyles

24 Electrolab - SafeStart Exciting Year Ahead for Local Business

26 Notices

Leaf & Yard Waste After Hours Service Line Household Hazardous & Electronic Waste

27 “New” Discover Belleville Guidebook 28 Dog Tags Upcoming Events

City Hall hosts

United Way Fundraising BBQs Market Square 11:30 - 1:30 May 21, June 25, July 23 & Aug. 20

POSTE IT NOTE On Belleville Business

Karen Poste

Manager, Economic and Strategic Initiatives

Work in Belleville We all know what a great place to live Belleville is and it isn’t hard to find your dream home in this community – however, when it comes to finding your dream job, it can be more challenging. Whether you’re an employer looking to find just the right candidate for a position, or a job seeker eager to find your dream job, making a lasting employment connection can be difficult. The City of Belleville and other local agencies are here to help. great job of ensuring you’re aware of the jobs available. They excel at helping you make your resume and covering letter attractive and effective – they can even help you practice your interview skills!

Most jobs are now advertised in non-traditional ways. The days of posting available positions in the newspaper are slowly going by the wayside and employers are turning toward more affordable and direct methods of reaching their target audience.

Don’t forget to use social media and other internet options, including checking out, Kijiji, Workopolis, and Never underestimate the value of old-fashioned networking. If you’re looking for a new job, make sure everyone around you knows you’re looking and what kind of job interests you.

The Cities of Belleville and Quinte West host two career fairs each year – one in the spring and the second in the fall. These career fairs are free to any permanent local employer to exhibit at, and everyone looking for work is welcome. Visit the City’s career fair website for the latest information at In addition to this service, job seekers can email their resumes to the Economic Development office at City Hall ( and local employers can call or email to access these resumes for hiring purposes.

Jobs are out there, it’s just not as easy to find them as it once was. Your first step should be to ensure you have skills that someone is willing to pay for – choose a post-secondary education that produces in-demand graduates, present yourself professionally and then be prepared to work very hard to get the job and even harder to keep it.

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The City of Belleville is proud to host the 62nd annual Ontario Small Urban Municipalities (OSUM) conference from April 29th to May 1st.


OSUM is ‘the small urban voice of the province’. An integral part of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), OSUM has a number of Board members serving on the AMO Board of Directors. Policy and research activities are undertaken by OSUM through the staff at AMO. OSUM has ensured that matters which affect small urban communities are brought to the attention of the provincial and federal governments. Leadership is provided by the annually elected Chair and Executive Committee.


Working in conjunction with the OSUM Executive Board, we have created an informative and entertaining three days for the delegates to enjoy. This is an ideal opportunity for us to showcase our region through social events and activities. The activity choices include a golf tournament, the Bay of Quinte Cheddar & Ale Trail, a Prince Edward County Wine Tour, a Downtown Belleville ‘Dine-Around’ dinner, and first-class entertainment at the Empire Theatre. We are certain this conference will encourage our guests to return to the Quinte region!

We look forward to welcoming the OSUM delegates from across Ontario. The City of Belleville has been busy preparing to accommodate many municipal politicians and staff. The conference is being held in the Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre and we are thrilled to showcase this state-of the-art facility. The theme of the conference is “Building Better Communities” and we are eager to share ideas and information with so many different communities in Ontario.

photo credit: Stephanie Trattner Photography

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Benjamin Tal is the Deputy Chief

Economist of CIBC World Markets Inc. He is responsible for analyzing economic developments and their implications for North American fixed income, equity, foreign exchange, and commodities markets. He also acts in an advisory capacity to bank officers on issues related to wealth management, household/corporate credit and risk. Recently described as one of Canada’s leading experts on the rea l e s t a t e m a r k e t b y t h e I n t e r n ational Monetar y Fund, Mr. Tal is a regular commentator on financial and economic trends in the Canadian and American print and electronic media.



Max Valiquette helps companies,

organizations, and brands find solutions to their problems by better understanding their employees, customers, and communities. He was named one of Canada’s “Most Influential Marketers” by Marketing magazine, and has worked with some of the biggest brands around the world. His varied expertise makes him one of the most sought-after public speakers on youth culture, media, and marketing. Valiquette is the founder of Youthography, one of North America’s foremost youth research and marketing firms.

On behalf of Ontario’s Small Urban Municipalities I would like to thank the City of Belleville for hosting our 62nd annual conference. The Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre will provide us with a wonderful venue for our trade show, engaging workshops and speakers.

The OSUM Conference will host a trade show for municipal delegates.

Our theme this this year year isis Building BuildingBetter BetterCommunities. CommuniOur are looking forward to participating ties. delegates Our delegates are looking forward to particion site on tours yourof different facilitiesfacilities that willthat pating siteoftours your different highlight youryour achievements in this regard. will highlight achievements in this regard. Thank you Mayor Christopher, Council members and staff staff for forhelping helpingmake makethis this year’s OSUM year’s OSUM conconference to remember. ference oneone to remember. Sincerely, Lynn Dollin Chair, Ontario Small Urban Municipalities

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Builders Big on Belleville Belleville is one of the most affordable cities in Eastern Ontario. This vibrant community on the Bay of Quinte, with a population of approximately 50,000, has a great deal to offer – quality of life, a stable workforce and easy access to major centres by car or train. It serves as the heart of the Bay of Quinte Region in terms of shopping, entertainment, health care and employment. Every spring for the past 44 years, the Quinte Home Builders’ Association has hosted the annual Home & Lifestyle Show. This year over 100 exhibitors showcased their products and services at the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre in Belleville. All things necessary to build or renovate a home were included in the show. The 140 members of the association offered everything from builders and trades people to mortgage and insurance companies.

In this edition of BELLEVILLE Magazine we have featured two home builder/developers who are big on Belleville. They have invested millions of dollars and built hundreds of homes, generating employment opportunities throughout our community. We are fortunate to have many such individuals who believe in our City. We look forward to sharing their stories in upcoming editions.

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Adrian Bax

Local developer Adrian Bax says the City of Belleville has been very good for development – he should know. Adrian is behind Harbour Landing near the waterfront, Settlers Ridge north of the 401 off Maitland Drive, and Potters Creek in the west end off Avondale. He notes that land development is a two-way street.

Taking vacant land earmarked for development to residential involves 42 agencies according to Adrian; there’s various ministries and the conservation authorities. He hires both a local planner and an engineering firm to steer a project through those stages. Extra large sewer pipes and storm water issues account for some of the huge startup costs for a subdivision, but he stresses the key is working with the municipality. This is the make or break for their business. Adrian states if the municipality is open to growth, they’ll work with them on that, and Belleville has been very good for development.

“The developer needs to give as well,” says Adrian. He adds that Potters Creek and Settlers Ridge Developments are throwing in 50 percent of the cost for playground structures in the two new subdivisions. Adrian first came to the Quinte region in the 1970s working in the boat-building industry in Picton, then in the fibreglass industry in Belleville. In the late 70s he had an opportunity to move away from the area and become involved in new residential home construction. The Quinte region remained in his heart. Its slower pace, and his addiction to water as a boater, drew Adrian and his wife back in 1997.

Turning to the City core, he feels very strongly about the potential for its redevelopment, explaining the key is to move residents into that area. Getting people to buy and live in units downtown, says Adrian, would create a safe environment. He feels the recent local purchase of Century Place and the plan to turn the top three floors into condos is a great start. Adrian Bax believes Belleville and the Bay of Quinte Region are poised for growth.

Adrian’s first project was the row of blue steel-roofed bungalow loft homes on South Front Street called Bay Front Walk. During construction he hired Dustin VanSoelen and they later became partners in Duvanco Homes and continue to work together on several projects. Adrian then became involved in land development. Settlers Ridge was the first project he bought with some local partners and a builder-developer friend from Kitchener-Waterloo. That was followed by Potters Creek and Brookshire Meadows in Trenton. Land development is not for the faint of heart. “It takes deep pockets to become a developer,” Adrian observes. He explains there’s a huge up front cost – a break even point at least half way through a project – with the profit at the tail end. He notes that Settlers Ridge has been in process for seven years now – they’re just at the break even point. He points out Potters Creek is a ten-year project of over 800 homes, and they’re only three years into it.

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“I create neighbourhoods and I’m very proud of that.”

Nick Staikos Nick Staikos was 22 when he came to Canada in 1970. He was born during the Greek civil war in 1948 and the country was still feeling the effects when he left after two years of compulsory army service. Nick says it’s very difficult to explain what it’s like to come from a country torn apart by civil war, adding he was extremely happy coming here because he saw the opportunities and was willing to work hard.

You have to admire the determination and lack of fear, yet Nick says it’s nothing compared to what happened in Greece in the 1960s until 1970 as that country struggled to get back on its feet after Civil War. He credits his time in the Greek Army for his lack of fear. He said if he could survive that, he could survive anything. He adds that in his midteens he was supporting a family of seven with barely enough to eat when he went to school.

A few months after he came to Canada he got a job at Crane Canada in Trenton. It was there in 1970 that he met his wife, they married in 1975 and they’ve been together ever since.

Nick says he creates neighbourhoods and is very proud of this. He tells customers he doesn’t build a perfect house, but he builds a good house. Staikos Homes builds 50 to 60 homes every year, creating employment for close to 200 families.

Nick sensed that the country’s growth was going to result in a housing need. With no construction experience, he worked for a builder for almost no pay. It was his apprenticeship. In late 1972, he felt prepared and started his business. He bought a property with an older house on it for $4,500. He convinced the bank to give him the money, tore down the house and built two bungalows which sold. That was the beginning, there was no turning back. Next came a lot in Jack Parrott’s Montrose Road subdivision. Nick arranged financing, secured credit and did most of the work himself – he couldn’t afford to pay anybody. After a 40 unit apartment building in Trenton and numerous house builds in Quinte West, in 1989 Nick purchased 250 lots in the Stanley Park subdivision. Staikos Homes has built over 600 single family houses in Belleville.

Nick says Belleville has a very good future, adding it’s a beautiful city in a beautiful area. With a diversified industrial base he says it’s very stable and people feel comfortable here. He notes that living in Belleville is a lot more cost effective than in bigger communities like Kingston or Oshawa. He says the fact that he invests millions of dollars in every subdivision he builds in the Quinte region shows that he feels comfortable here. At 67, Nick Staikos shows no sign of slowing down. He runs every day to stay fit and has expanded the company, dividing his time between his Quinte West home and his second home in Toronto where he spends time with his family. Work is very important to him. He says, “Everybody has to produce to support the country you live in.”


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Marc Coyle Virtually Speaking Manager, Information Systems City of Belleville When Marc joined the City of Belleville 23 years ago as the Computer Technician HE WAS the IT department. There was a mainframe computer for finance, a token ring network for the Building Department, and some ‘stand alone’ PCs scattered throughout several sites across the City. That was it. There was no Internet - no Smart Phones - no email or wireless. His job was to ‘keep the lights on’. “There was no thought given to the big picture,” said Marc. “Back then we didn’t concern ourselves with the best way to serve our entire community – our goal was to keep staff connected.” Today, the City’s IT department still provides voice and data services but they also do business process reviews, e-commerce, remote access, virtualization, project planning, business continuity and support services for every business unit in the City. No technology decision is made within a silo. Every purchase must be consistent with the values and needs of the entire community. Will the new software/hardware integrate properly with the existing systems? Is it the most cost effective solution? Can we partner with someone else to provide this service? Does it meet accessibility standards? Are there outside funding opportunities for this project? But most importantly, does it meet the requirements and expectations of our entire community? Does it make

Belleville bettter by increasing services or reducing costs for our residents? “We are fortunate the leadership of the City, including the Mayor, Council and Senior Management, empower IT by tasking us with pursuing creative avenues to virtually connect our community and think laterally across all the business units that provide resident services,” Marc explained. “This support makes it possible for me to empower my team. They understand our goal is to improve the Community, not just IT. When I assign them their piece of the puzzle and encourage them to find innovative solutions it is with the Community in mind.” This has resulted in an ongoing, constantly evolving environment of connectedness. By taking this progressive approach IT continues to innovate. They provide exceptional remote access for staff, increase public services like free wi-fi and e-commerce offerings, reduce costs and increase reliability through visualization. They support business unit specific projects, from snow plow route planning software to mobile apps delivering service directly to residents’ smart phones. “The City is the best employer I could have,” stated Marc. “Where else could I have the opportunity to make a difference within the organization that employs me and have such an impact on the community I’m so proud to call home.”


New Fire Hall - cabling, security, video, connectivity, dispatch relocation On-Line Services for Property Tax & Water Billing Library Technology Upgrades - faster internet, easier printing Live Streaming for Council Meetings On-line Smart Phone Mobile Application for City News & Services Electronic Tendering/RFP with E-Commerce - 10 -

It’s Spring and Belleville is in Bloom!

Corby Park, 210 Ann Street

The Belleville Downtown Improvement Area (BDIA) was thrilled with 2014’s activity. Now that 2015 is here, we can’t wait for another successful year. The City centre membership has been tracking the excitement and with 11 new businesses opening in 2014, we have no doubt that we are on track for 2015. Working closely with different organizations such as Trenval, The Small Business Centre, The Chamber of Commerce and the City of Belleville (to name a few), the BDIA and its 200 members work hard to not only promote and beautify downtown Belleville, but to ensure that entrepreneurs know the core’s potential and the incentives available. Our relationship with various organizations allows us to communicate with one another and see the possibilities; this system helps to make the transition of opening a new business as seamless as possible. The support from a wide range of organizations is also a great networking tool for the entrepreneur. Shawn Patriquin, Founder and President of They Integrated Inc. relocated his business mid-year and couldn’t be happier. “I have been following the developments of downtown Belleville for many years and believe this area is now at a tipping point towards a positive future. I wanted our agency to be a part of this shift at ground level. Staff are enjoying the convenience of the amenities and have never felt more connected to the community.” It is an exciting time. New business owners see the potential the downtown has and the growth we are about to experience with the upcoming Build Belleville plans. Businesses in the downtown are involved in so many ways – such as our Board of Directors, sub committees or as business owners, sharing their experience and knowledge with each other. The BDIA strives to improve, beautify and maintain public lands and buildings within the BIA, beyond that which is provided by the municipality at large – and to promote the area as a business and shopping area. With many events throughout the year, we encourage you to attend and see how amazing downtown Belleville truly is!

Upcoming BDIA Events:

Student Art Show opening reception – May 7th Plein Air Weekend – May 28th Summerlicious with Sidewalk Sale – June 20th Outdoor Movies in Downtown Belleville – June 25th, July 30th, August 27th Street Dance – August 14th Downtown Bridal Walk – September 12th Culture Days with Flavours of Fall – September 26th Haunted Halloween Walk – October 30th Santa Claus Parade – November 15th Black Friday – November 27th - 12 -

“The times they are a-changing.” Bill Saunders Chief Executive Officer Belleville Chamber of Commerce

Belleville Waterfront & Ethnic Festival named one of

Top 100 Festivals in Ontario

Councillor Jackie Denyes (L) with Chamber of Commerce Susan Walsh & Bill Saunders

These words are as true today as when Bob Dylan wrote them in 1964. Every organization – business, municipality, sports team, and family – all experience change. Throughout the 151 year history of the Chamber of Commerce we have seen our share of changes - some good, some not so good. But what that history has told us is that great organizations learn from experience and emerge stronger than before. Here’s a short list of good news we have seen over the last 12 months: Expansion of Electolab Training Systems, a new Fed Ex facility, AmerSports and Vision Transportation expansions, a new Marriott Hotel and Suites, a new Giant Tiger, eleven new businesses downtown, Crates Marine and several new and proposed housing developments that will add close to 4000 new units to the City over the next several years. Now add to that list the just announced Eastern Ontario International Business Incubator that will be part of the Strathcona Energy Group in the former Nortel building and you see evidence that “when one door closes, another opens.” We at the Chamber are proud of the role we play in strengthening and growing our local economy. Whether that is putting out the welcome mat to visitors at the Log Cabin, hosting events like the Waterfront Festival that is recognized as one of the Top 100 Festivals in Ontario bringing in over 3000 visitors to the City – and for this year, hosting the Pan Am and Parapan Am Torch relay Community Celebrations that will bring international attention to our City. Of course our key and most important role continues to be assisting our members every day with building their businesses. That includes advocating for government policies that will create a business environment designed for growth.

Yellow Pages representative, Joelle Langevin (R) presented Bill Saunders & Rosi Ouellette from the Chamber of Commerce $2,000 on behalf of Shop The Neighbourhood, an initiative to encourage local shopping and support for small businesses.

Bill Saunders CEO

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Bill White

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Recognized For His Vision of City Hall It’s not often that Bill White finds himself speechless. White, the retired architect and engineer that was responsible for the beautiful restoration and renovation of City Hall more than 25 years ago, is usually bursting with so much energy that he has trouble getting in everything he wants to say. But when he received a phone call in late February to let him know that City Hall had won a Landmark Designation Award from the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) for his work on Belleville’s City Hall, Bill simply didn’t have the words to express how he felt. “I can’t believe that we won this award,” White finally said. “It lifts the human spirit – that’s what this Landmark Award does. It’s a great thing.” “Each year we celebrate the very best in Ontario architecture,” said Toon Dreessen, President of the OAA, which represents more than 3,500 architects in Ontario. “It reinforces the idea that architecture impacts every one of us every day in a uniquely personal way.” Belleville’s City Hall is just the 22nd building to receive the award in the more than 25 years that the OAA has presented it. It joins the CN Tower, the Toronto City Hall, Ontario Place and the Eaton Centre in Toronto as winners of the award. It was one of 200 nominations for OAA awards this year. “This designation is a huge honour for our City and our City Hall and it’s something that we should be profoundly proud of,” said Mayor Taso Christopher. A Landmark Designation recognizes iconic buildings in Ontario and the architects responsible for their creation that symbolize excellence in architectural design, urban design and unique community identity and make a lasting contribution to the evolution of architectural creativity. The award will be formally presented in May but Dreessen was at City Hall on March 25th to make the announcement. It’s the first time the OAA has made an announcement prior to the awards ceremony. Dreessen said that Belleville’s City Hall was worth the exception. “Belleville’s City Hall is an excellent example of a landmark,” Dreessen said. “I believe it recognizes the lasting contribution of the building and the architects responsible for its creation – the original 1873 building by architect John Evans and the 1988 restoration and renovation which we today enjoy is the work of William R. White Architect.”




BUILD BELLEVILLE Featured Projects:

Bay Bridge Road & Dundas St. West City Centre Revitalization North East Feedermain Mineral Road/Maitland Drive & Farnham Road Solar FIT Program Ongoing Projects: Tracey/Sidney Intersection Bell/Sidney Intersection Herchimer Avenue Bronk Road Old Highway 2 Foxboro Bridge

Grass Blvd. North East Industrial Park Police Station Wastewater Treatment Plant Environmental Remediation West Riverside Trail

Completed Projects: P North Park Gardens P Old Madoc Road P Boundary Road P College Street East Extension


BAY BRIDGE ROAD/CP RAIL OVERHEAD REPLACEMENT & DUNDAS STREET WEST REHABILITATION Project Budget: $17.4 Million ($13.8M 2013, $3.6M 2015) Commencing: Summer 2015 Completion: Fall 2016 Bay Bridge Road and Dundas Street West Reconstruction Ready to Move Forward

Progress Report Hire Design Team 100% Public Consultation 50%

After being presented with four options during Belleville’s Capital Budget meeting in late February 2015, Council endorsed increasing the project budget by an additional $3.6M for an amended total of $17.4M for the Bay Bridge Road CP Rail Overhead Structure and the reconstruction of Dundas Street West, Coleman Street to Bay Bridge Road.

The approved option recommends an amendment to the original scope of work for the bridge and a re-tender of the project. This project was previously tendered in August 2014 where four submissions were received, with the only compliant bid far exceeding the original budget of $13.8M. “This project is located at a major intersection and is an important gateway into the City of Belleville,” says Mayor Christopher. “With capital funding secured, Council is committed to moving this project forward.”

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Design 90% Approvals 90% Issue Construction Contracts 50% Construction 20% The approved project plan will amend the scope of work for the bridge and re-tender the project. Changes to the bridge design will be required which includes changing the foundations design, shortening the bridge, shifting the bridge to improve constructability and making minor adjustments to width of the structure. Key design elements will remain in the contract as originally planned, including decorative street lighting and landscaping features. “This important project will see Dundas Street widened to provide a left turn lane for east bound traffic and a multi-use pathway system to connect Zwicks Park with the Dundas Street West”, says Stan Czyczyro, Senior Project Manager. “The pathway improvements will make Zwicks Park easily accessible for pedestrians and cyclists, while the Dundas Street West turning lane will address the traffic needs on this busy road.” With a $17.4M budget now in place, staff are moving ahead with a review of design elements and amendments to contract documents. It is anticipated that the Bay Bridge Road CP Rail Overhead structure and Dundas Street West Reconstruction contract will be re-issued for tender in the summer with construction starting in September.


CITY CENTRE REVITILIZATION & REDEVELOPMENT Project Budget: $21 Million (2015-2017) Commencing: May 2015 Completion: 2017

Progress Report Hire Design Team 100% Construction 5% Issue Construction Contracts 30% Approvals 30% Design 90%

Phase 1 Construction is Underway in Downtown Belleville! The Phase 1 construction contract has been awarded by Belleville Council for a net cost to the City of $8,506,900.00 as part of the City Centre Revitalization and Redevelopment project. The contract has been awarded to Len Corcoran Excavating Ltd. and is now underway, with the completion of phase 1 of this three phased project scheduled for November 2015. Corcoran has a good reputation in the region for being well equipped and positioned to handle projects of similar complexity in neighboring areas, including the multiphased construction project in downtown Kingston. “It’s time to move forward with this critical infrastructure project,” says Mayor Taso Christopher. “Replacing aged infrastructure in the downtown core is critical for retention and future intensification in our City Centre. This is a time to celebrate the bright and prosperous future of downtown Belleville.” Phase 1 construction includes complete underground and aboveground infrastructure renewal with quality treatments that will provide a welcoming environment for the Downtown ensuring the long term growth and prosperity of the City Centre.

Public Consultation 75% Surface Work Improvements: • Reconstruction of roads, boulevards, and sidewalks, including new asphalt, concrete and clay brick pavements • Construction of new urban design and landscape elements including street furniture, landscape planters, street trees and soil cell areas • new decorative street lighting including upgraded electrical supply “The BDIA membership is thrilled to see this project moving forward,” says Karen Parker, Executive Director of the BDIA. “Business owners realize construction can be disruptive, but also know the importance of the downtown infrastructure and the need for it to be replaced. Stakeholders downtown are ready to celebrate growth in our beautiful and thriving business area.” City staff is working closely with the business community to ensure proper coordination is in place to help mitigate disruption during construction, and ensure a positive experience for downtown customers. “Ensuring access is a critical priority during construction,” says Elisha Purchase, Project Coordinator for Build Belleville. “Every effort is being made to ensure pedestrian, local traffic, delivery, and emergency vehicle access is maintained.”

Underground Infrastructure Improvements: • Removal and replacement of circa 1880’s watermain • Relining of sanitary sewers • Replacement of sanitary sewers • Replacement of deteriorated storm sewers • Installation of new utilities

Phase 1 of the project, to be completed in 2015 includes approximately 130 metres of Station Street, from Church Street to Pinnacle Street, and 390 metres of Front Street, from Pinnacle Street to Victoria Avenue.


NORTH EAST FEEDERMAIN Project Budget: $17.7 Million Commenced: August 2014 Completion: November 2015

Progress Report Hire Design Team 100%

Moving Forward with Full Reconstruction on Yeomans Street

Public Consultation 100%

Construction of the biggest watermain project that Belleville has seen in half a century is 25% complete. It is one of the largest infrastructure projects within the City as far as size and complexity, and to date the project team has experienced very few challenges.

Design 100% Approvals 80% Issue Construction Contracts 100%

“The watermain installation has been completed along Sidney Street from the Water Treatment Plant to Bridge Street, and in an easement south of Sarah Court” says Stan Czyczyro, Senior Project Manager. “We are preparing to move construction into Yeomans Street, and have been communicating with residents along the construction route to ensure they are aware of what to expect as far as scheduling and impacts to their respective properties.”

Construction 15%

A lot of digging can be anticipated in order to accommodate the new watermain. The 2015 construction season will see full reconstruction, including storm, sanitary sewers, curb and gutter, new sidewalk, and new asphalt, on Yeomans Street, Lane Avenue, and Donald Street. An added feature is the provision for on-street bicycle lanes on Yeomans Street, which cyclists and local residents are very enthusiastic about!

PROJECT TIMELINE Sidney Street Corridor

November 2014 to May 2015 (7 months)

Frank Street & Sarah Court

February to May 2015 (4 months)

Yeomans Street Corridor

April to October 2015 (7 months)

Donald Street & Lane Avenue Corridor May to September 2015 (5 months)

College Street West Corridor July to August 2015 (2 months)

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Progress Report

Roundabout Proposed for Maitland Drive/ Farnham Road Intersection

Hire Design Team 100% Public Consultation 20%

The Maitland Drive / Farnham Road intersection is a four-way stop controlled intersection that is experiencing an increase in traffic volumes, largely due to the new residential development that is occurring in the area.

Design 33% Approvals 1% Issue Construction Contracts 1% Construction 1% Maitland Drive will be reconstructed between Highway 62 and Farnham Road to urban standards including widening for a two lane road with a continuous centre left turn lane, street lighting and sidewalks. Sanitary sewer and watermain will be installed to support the continued development of the area and a storm sewer will be installed to eliminate roadside ditches.

“Traffic studies completed have identified the need for traffic signals in the future,” says Project Manager Deanna O’Leary. “Based on the road allowance widths and future traffic volumes, instead of traffic signals a roundabout has been identified as the preferred way to address the traffic needs at this intersection.” The reconstruction of Mineral Road will extend municipal services from Millennium Drive to Maitland Drive. Servicing studies have identified Mineral Road as being a major sanitary sewer servicing corridor for a new trunk sanitary sewer. “This trunk sewer is necessary to service lands north of Maitland Drive between Highway 62 and Farnham Road,” says O’Leary. “The extension of sewer and water services included in these projects is to support continued growth and development of the Cannifton Secondary Plan area.”

Planning for the reconstruction of Farnham Road from Maitland Drive to Highway 62 has commenced with an Environmental Assessment (EA) underway. This project will include the extension of municipal services. The existing road is a rural road cross section with open ditches and there are currently no sidewalks or street lights. The Environmental Assessment (EA) and preliminary design for Farnham Road is underway. Final design for Mineral Road and Maitland Drive will be completed in early 2015 with approvals and construction to follow.


SOLAR FIT PROGRAM Project Budget: $3.75 Million Commenced: November 2014 Completion: December 2015

Progress Report Hire Design Team 75%

Belleville Investing in Renewable Energy

Public Consultation 1%

Solar panels will be installed on the Gerry O’Connor Water Treatment Plant and the N.H. Britton Public Utilities Centre. These city-owned buildings were an ideal fit for this program due to the integrity of each structure, size, and orientation.

Design 75% Approvals 50%

“FIT contracts have been secured for solar roof installations on both buildings and design and tendering is currently underway,” says Joel Carr-Braindt, Property Manager for the City of Belleville.

Issue Construction Contracts 50% Construction 1%

Ontario’s Feed-In Tariff (FIT) Program was launched by the Ministry of Energy to create new clean energy industries and jobs, boost economic activity and the development of renewable energy technology, and to improve air quality. The City expects to receive an annual income of up to $200,000.00 from this solar energy investment, with funds generating as early as spring of 2015 and a return on investment in 12 years or less.

Benefits of Solar Energy RENEWABLE: Solar energy is not only sustainable; it is renewable, meaning we will never run out of it. It is a pure and natural source of power. LOW MAINTENANCE: The creation of solar energy requires little maintenance. Once the solar panels have been installed and are working at maximum efficiency there is only a small amount of maintenance required each year to ensure they are in working order. INNOVATIVE: They are a silent producer of energy. There is absolutely no noise made from photovoltaic panels as they convert sunlight into usable electricity. FINANCIAL: There are continual advancements in solar panel technology which are increasing the efficiency and lowering the cost of production, thus making it even more cost effective, in addition to providing protection from rising energy bills. ENVIRONMENTAL: During operation solar electricity power plants produce zero emissions, generating clean green energy and reducing the City’s carbon footprint.

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The GREEN TASK FORCE – Striving to Build a Healthier Greener Community

The goal of the Green Task Force is to help create a greener footprint for the City of Belleville. We recognize the importance of a healthy, sustainable environment and work towards developing policies and recommendations that positively impact corporate operations and services. We are also responsible for coordinating green community events, to help all citizens achieve a more environmentally friendly lifestyle.

Initiatives to Engage Our Community WHAT YOU CAN DO

No sense letting water run through your fingers. Rain barrels are available at City Hall for cost price – only $55. Keep those flowers blooming throughout the summer with water from your barrel. Cost effective and oh so green!

Thousands of residents are participating in the Green Bin Organics Recycling Program. Organic recycling is good for the planet and good for our community and sorting your organic waste for collection is easy. If you have questions just follow the handy guide at Spring 2015

This year’s Tree Seedling Giveaway will be held on May 2nd starting at 8:00 am. If the past is any indication of this event’s popularity, we suggest you arrive early and don’t forget your bucket. The event was initiated in 2009 and each year approximately 2000 tree seedlings are given away and arborists are on hand to answer your questions. The seedlings are available while quantities last and they’re offered on a first come, first served basis so avoid disappointment and make Market Square your early morning stop.


On April 25th the three municipalities of Belleville, Quinte West and Tyendinaga once again joined forces for our Community Cleanup event. The volunteer support was amazing. We are so proud of our residents and wish to sincerely thank them for their time and energy in helping to pick up the litter from our parks, sidewalks, and ditches, giving our beautiful City a wonderful spring cleaning.


HYDRATION STATIONS Bottle fill stations promote the reduction of nonreusable plastic bottles. Next time you’re heading to the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre, take your bottle and try it out!

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Working with our community partners to develop opportunities for healthy lifestyles.


City residents have embraced the opportunity to grow their own vegetables and flowers since the Community Gardens project was initiated. People are able to enjoy the benefits of growing their own healthy produce, learn more about composting, mulching and waste reduction while interacting in a friendly social atmosphere.


There are 60 raised beds available for use at: • Ponton Park Community Garden • West Hill Community Garden • Bayview Heights Community Garden



I’m growing tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, peppers – the list goes on and on. It’s a great way for people from around the City to meet. We share ideas, information and I learned gardening tips which is nice.” Dave Tosh

Being in an apartment I hadn’t considered growing my own food an option. It’s amazing how much you can produce in even tiny gardens. It’s such a pleasure to tend the plants and watch them flourish – then bring home delicious results.” Rachel Collyer

This opportunity has created an enhanced gardening experience for people we support. The raised plots assist people with physical limitations, including people who have difficulty bending or who require support from a walking aid or wheelchair.” Sharon Wright Community Living Belleville and Area

The plots are allocated through a lottery draw and all Belleville residents are eligible to submit an application.pplication.

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about the City’s 3000+ solar panels at many locations about the ongoing builidng energy upgrades - lights, insulation and HVAC the helpful tips and tricks to conserve on your Belleville water bill the wide range of destinations on the City’s routes and how that makes our transit system a viable alternative to driving a car that over 4.5 million people have chosen to ride public transit in Belleville since 2010 all of our City buses purchased since 2010 use the latest emissions technology - reducing emissions to near zero levels the City’s Green Task Force is the only organization of its kind in the community, dedicated to creating a sustainable environment Council approved an energy consumption reduction goal of 5% for 2015 - 23 -

Electrolab & SafeStart – It’s All About People Electrolab Training was founded by Norm Wilson in 1975 and is now owned by his three children, Barb Tait, Don Wilson and Larry Wilson. In 1999, Electrolab developed SafeStart, the most successful safety training process in the world. Now, with the assistance of their employees and a team of outstanding consultants, they help clients achieve world-class safety performance at work and at home. “We sell and help implement our SafeStart safety process across Canada, the U.S. and many other countries around the world,” explained Barb Tait, General Manager. “We are committed to high growth and expansion on an international level.” SafeStart is a safety awareness and skills development process that has been implemented in over 3,000 companies, in 60+ countries and is available in 30 languages. The company’s workforce consists

Larry Wilson CEO, Author

primarily of professional sales account managers, each dedicated to a base of clients, enabling them to provide exceptional consultative service to their specific group. While growing in sales and reputation at an amazing pace, the company continues to uphold its core values of respect and appreciation for the employees who work so hard to help achieve this success. In 2014 Electrolab was the recipient of the Business Excellence Award at the Quinte Business Achievement Awards – the highest honour that can be achieved by a local business. “We take great pride in our business,” added Barb. “We help to save lives and are also advocates of training young people to make wise choices and be safe. This philosophy has been embraced by the business community and the result has been an expanding customer base.”

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Don Wilson Vice President

Currently located in the North East Industrial Park, Electrolab is in the process of building a beautiful new 28,000 square foot facility on College Street East, almost tripling their current size. This additional space will accommodate the current close-knit team of 70 employees and position them to meet future demands. “When we were selecting our new location, Barb was adamant that we choose a site that would not have a negative impact on our employees’ lifestyle, forcing them to relocate or spend hours on the road,” Don added. “Our team is extremely loyal and has made long-term commitments to our company. In return,

When you find a city where people want to live, the lifestyle and the amenities, you have the opportunity to build a great company. That’s what Belleville is. It’s a city where people are a part of a friendly community. They don’t have to spend hours in their cars traveling to and from work and it’s a place they feel safe and comfortable raising their families. So when you provide them with employment options that make it possible for them to enjoy this lifestyle, this is where they choose to live.” Don Wilson, Vice President Electrolab Training Services

we are committed to doing everything possible to show them our respect and appreciation.” “The City put together a very attractive deal for us and Bel-Con Design Builders have been a great partner,” commented Barb. “As much as we will miss our current location, we are excited to relocate and begin this next chapter in Electrolab – SafeStart history.”

This rendering is a view of the new facility looking from the northwest toward the front entrance and office area of the facility. The warehouse is located to the left side of the rendering. The exterior finishes will include architectural masonry and brick as well as pre-finished metal. The new facility is approximately 28,000 sq ft and will feature lots of natural light throughout all of its spaces.

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Spring 2015

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How can we help you?

Leaf and Yard Waste Collection

The City of Belleville’s Environmental & Operational Services provides a 24-hour service to the community.

Residents receive one spring and one fall free curbside pickup of yard waste. Place leaf and yard waste to the curb by 7:00am on the designated date for your area.

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If your residence is located in Ward 1: West of Moira River & South of CNR Tracks - May 2 West of Moira River & North of CNR Tracks - May 9 East of Moira River & North of Victoria Avenue - May 23 East of Moira River & South of Victoria Avenue - May 30 If your residence is located in Ward 2: West of Highway 37 - June 6 East of Highway 37 - June 13

Household Hazardous & Electronic Waste Drop-off 75 Wallbridge Crescent 2015 Spring & Summer Hours (April - October) Tues. 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm Wed. 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Thurs. 9:00 am - 4:00 pm First Saturday of the Month 9:00 am - 4:00 pm (May 2, June 6, July 4, Aug. 1, Sept. 5, Oct. 3)

Yard Waste Depot

75 Wallbridge Crescent Hours of Operation: Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri - 8:30 am - 4:00 pm Wednesday 8:30 am - 7:30 pm Closed for Statutory Holidays

Re-Use Days (Give-Away Days) 10:00 am - 2:00 pm (incl. paint, stain, household cleaning solutions and more) May 8, June 12, July 10, Aug. 14, Sept. 11, Oct. 9

City residents may dispose of leaf and yard waste at no charge in the designated area at the north side of the Public Works building located at 75 Wallbridge Crescent, from mid-April to November 27.

All materials are “first come-first served” while quantities last. No drop-off of materials during this time. Hazardous Waste is now accepting: microwaves, toaster ovens, hand held power tools, motor oil and cooking oil.

Spring Clean Up Time for Roads

For further information visit

City of Belleville crews will be out this spring sweeping and cleaning the roads and sidewalks. Please remember that overnight parking is prohibited on curbed streets in the City. Spring 2015


Drinking Water Concerns Day Time Contact 613-966-3657, Ext. 2273 After Hours Contact 613-966-3651

Unacceptable material Lumber Manufactured wood products Food waste from kitchens Food service/ processing/ handling material

Residents are reminded BY-LAW No. 98-175 prohibits depositing of leaf & yard waste on public streets.

After hours service line

If you have the following concerns after hours or on the weekend, please call (613) 968-6482 and your request will be forwarded to an answering service who will contact the person on call. If your concern is during regular business hours - 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, please call the direct line 613-967-3275 for assistance.

Place material in kraft paper bags; plastic bags are not accepted. Materials can be placed in cardboard boxes, canisters and bushel baskets at no charge. These items will be emptied and left at the curbside. Brush and tree limbs must have no more than a 2 3/4” trunk diameter, and no longer than 4 feet and they must be securely tied in small bundles. Acceptable Material Leaves Grass clippings Flowers Plant material Gardening maintenance material Brush and tree limbs Yard waste paper bags

Sewer problems Thurlow Landfill Street cleaning Sign Maintenance Leaf & Yard Waste Flooding Dead animals on roadway Trees/Boulevard Maintenance Traffic Lights/Street Lights Winter Control - sidewalks & roadways Garbage & Recycling issues Road & Sidewalk Maintenance

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E x plo re E x perienc e E njo y The City of Belleville 2015 Discover Belleville Guide is now available – a great resource for visitors and residents. Copies available at the Chamber Log Cabin, City Hall & other select locations, or view online at - 27 -

DON’T FORGET THE TAG did you know?

Since 1930, the City of Belleville has required that all dogs three months or older must be registered with the City and have a valid dog tag. Dog tags must be renewed annually and are available at City Hall, the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre, Belleville Water, Quinte Humane Society, Global Pet Foods and PetSmart or online at In the event your pet becomes lost, a dog tag is their ticket back home. If Animal Control finds your pet and it has a tag, they will return your pet to you free of charge. If your pet becomes lost and is found by another person, that person can call City Hall and we will then contact you and let you know where your pet can be picked up. Getting a microchip or tattoo for your pet are also great ways to make sure your pet can be identified however they are not a requirement or a substitute for a dog tag.

be a responsible dog owner get a tag

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T-Shirt Art, Pop Bottle Painting, Trail Art & Clay Sculpting!

SATURDAY, MAY 30TH West Zwick’s Park, 11:00am – 3:00pm

Thursday July 9th – Sunday July 12th West Zwick’s Park, Highway 62 South

Onsite Parking $3 or Free Shuttle Bus Service from Downtown Full Midway • Ethnic Food Village • Children’s Attractions Meet & Greets with TV & Movie Characters Main Stage Musical Entertainment including Multicultural Acts Vendor Exposition • Ultimate Air Dogs • Dragon Boat Races

Pumpkin carving & painting, fall themed arts & crafts, hot apple cider, farm animal display, horse drawn wagon rides, live Country & Bluegrass music!


Christmas Lighting Display at Meyer’s Pier & Jane Forrester Park



Nighttime Santa Claus Parade SUNDAY NOVEMBER 15TH beginning at 4:30pm

Recipient of Top 100 Festivals in Ontario Award for 2015!

The City of Belleville would like to thank our 2015 OSUM Conference Sponsors

Belleville Magazine Spring 2015  
Belleville Magazine Spring 2015