Electricity Costs Kills Belgium Hall

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You Wynne We Lose. Sign outside Delhi Belgium Hall

Electricity Costs bring down Delhi Community Hall

It is claimed wind projects bring many economic benefits in a green economy to society but in reality they are killing the economic viability for many community groups. Expensive renewable energy contracts are a driving force pointed at as responsible for escalating the costs of electricity beyond sustainability.  Green ideology tearing apart the binding fabric of our communities one after another and another.

Club gives tip of the hat to Premier Wynne

By Monte Sonnenberg, Simcoe Reformer Thursday, December 29, 2016 6:15:22 EST PM

There will be no more banquets, wedding receptions, concerts, trade shows or public meetings at the Delhi Belgian Hall for the foreseeable future.

However, the Shields & Friends Lounge in the lower level of the sprawling complex will continue receiving patrons and serving drinks into 2017.

That according to the bar’s manager Kim Starling. Starling was hired in October soon after the Belgian Club announced it was pondering its future in the face of punishing utility bills and declining rentals.

In late October, the club executive announced that its financial problems were insurmountable and that the historic property would be sold.

They weren’t bluffing. Today, a sign is posted out front advertising the 30,000-square-foot building for sale. The asking price, according to the realtor’s website, is $899,000.

There is also a second sign out front expressing the club’s bitterness over skyrocketing electricity prices and what that has done to the hall’s viability as a community centre.

The sign says: “Hydro One 2016: $49,559. You Wynne, We Lose.”

Some of the hall’s monthly hydro bills this year were as high as $5,700. Even with 1,200 members, the club concluded it can’t go on carrying a burden like this.

The timing of the hydro whammy is especially unfortunate. The hall’s heating-ventilation-air conditioning system needs to be replaced. The building’s electrical system also needs updating.

If the club finds a buyer, Starling hopes the hall can continue forward in its current format.

“That would be nice,” she said Friday. “That’s how I’d like it to be. I’d hate to see the building go.”

In its promotional literature, realtor CBRE Ltd. of London says the 1.78-acre package has a lot of potential uses.

CBRE notes that 360 James Street has a service commercial zoning. In Norfolk County, this allows for a wide range of commercial applications.

The property, CBRE adds, comes with a “large lot with plenty of excess land for parking or further development.”

The Belgian Hall was founded in 1948 as a meeting place for the wave of Belgian families that settled in this part of southern Ontario after the Second World War. The hall earned a reputation in southern Ontario in the 1970s as a premier showcase for up-and-coming rock bands.

Acts that performed at the Belgian Hall include Ronnie Hawkins, Rush, Lighthouse, The Stampeders, April Wine, Max Webster, Blood, Sweat & Tears, and Bachman-Turner Overdrive.

MSonnenberg@postmedia.com

READ AT: http://www.simcoereformer.ca/2016/12/29/club-gives-tip-of-the-hat-to-premier-wynne

2 thoughts on “Electricity Costs Kills Belgium Hall”

  1. The Delhi Community Hall is a national landmark in that community. I don’t think the closing can all be the fault of high electricity rates. The building is probably in violation of to-days building code and no doubt the structure itself is in need of an updating.
    I’m not trying to sound like a Liberal and defend our Wynne government. I’ve always maintained that Hydro One and before that Ontario Hydro has been a cancer in the economy.
    That electricity gang have been wasting money going back in to the 70’s when the Conservatives were in power. Salary ‘s to the people at the top and even down to the recent hires have always been exorbitant.
    Cost overruns on every project is normal and the executives still get bonuses at year end . The most glaring example is Darlington where a 7 billion dollar nuclear power plant project ended up costing 14 billion. The electricity coming out of their costs over 8 cents a kw. And now they are planning to upgrade it as opposed to buying Hydro from Quebec at 5 cents a kw.
    As for turbines they overpaid again and got locked into 20 year power purchase agreements. Farmers all over Ontario that have wind turbines in their property tell organizations like this that they don’t like them . This organization and every other group that opposes them buys that bull shit. Let’s set the record straight the farmers that have them love them. That monthly rental is like having a machine that prints money. It’s called cash flow and in accounting terms they call it unearned income.
    The Government and it’s green energy policy’s is a cancer in the economy of Ontario and nothing is really going to happen until heads roll over at Hydro One and all it’s subsidiary ‘s. Don’t count on that happening as the Wynne government hasn’t got the guts to accomplish that. Now, we should take a close look at Patrick Brown and question ourselves. Has he got some Mike Harris in him to cure the cancer over at Hydro One.

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