May Update

Dear Neighbours:

Lots of things are happening during the month of May and we hope that you will make it to some of them. We would also ask that you pass this on to your neighbours or ask them to send us an email request to receive updates.

1. Williamsville Community Association Town Hall Meeting – Monday May 13th, 7-9pm at St. Luke’s Church Hall on Nelson Street, just north of Princess.

Agenda items include:

  • Presentation from City staff on the status of the Williamsville Main Street Study, heritage in Williamsvillle, and the Central Accommodation Review (largely the issue of how to manage the rental housing within the near campus neighbourhoods).
  • Memorial Centre upgrades update with discussion on what might happen at the corner of York and Alfred Streets – we want your input
  • Electoral District boundary review – what is happening and what it means for Williamsville
  • Announcements
  • Question period with District Councillor Jim Neill

We look forward to seeing you there. Please encourage your neighbours to attend.

2. Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market Opening Day – the big day you have all been waiting for is here Sunday May 12th, 9am to 2pm.

The month of May offers tender greens, maple syrup, local meats, bedding plants and hand-crafted wares prepared by local farmers and artisans. For the second year, the Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market will run Sundays beside the Bennett Barn on the grounds of Kingston’s Memorial Centre. The Farmers’ Market Association of Kingston and participating vendors are eager to get back to the job of providing area residents with fresh local produce, hand-made crafts and prepared foods. More music, more workshops and more activities too. Come to your market where the farmers you meet grow the food you eat!

3. Cycling Lanes in Williamsville – Public Workshop Wednesday May 8th – How might cycling lanes be incorporated along Princess Street as Williamsville is redeveloped? That’s the question that will be considered at public workshops set for Wednesday, May 8 in Memorial Hall, City Hall, 216 Ontario St. Participants are asked to pre-register for a 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. workshop or a 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. workshop, by contacting Williamsville@cityofkingston.ca or 613-546-4291, ext. 3180.

The City will also collect opinions and comments about cycling lanes in Williamsville starting Thursday, May 9 in an online survey at www.CityofKingston.ca/williamsville (or use the “Get Involved” button on the front of the City’s site). The survey will also be available at the Planning and Development Department at 1211 John Counter Blvd.

Brook McIlroy will be developing the designs for the City based on these workshop discussions and they will be presented to the Environment Infrastructure and Transportation Advisory Committee at its regular meeting in August.

More information on plans for Williamsville, see www.CityofKingston.ca/williamsville.

Plan to get there by bus: www.CityofKingston.ca/tripplanner.

4. Student Move out – Please be aware of the following, and thanks to City staff for their efforts to keep our neighbourhoods clean:

Property Standards and office Staff were ‘all hands on deck’ with proactive enforcement that resulted in the issuance over the last 7 days of more than 250 Yard By-law orders requiring removal of waste left behind on front lawns. With so many moves at one time and to avoid a repeat of past problems, orders are posted on site and instead of the usual 3 days, only 24 hour notice is provided in these orders. The material left after that time is removed by city forces with all costs applied to taxes, along with a $125 administrative charge that has occurred for at least 35 clean-ups over the last 7 days where the property owner was unable to meet these pro-active timelines.

Councillor Neill advises that a quick call to the City to report things abandoned & the address, should be dealt with quickly. If not, an email or call to him at jneill@cityofkingston.ca or 613-544-2465 would also work.