Fall Update

Dear Neighbours:

We are well into fall and soon we’ll be raking leaves and enjoying golden rays of sunshine in sweaters. Make sure you get out and enjoy our Williamsville Parks and the Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market as well as supporting our local businesses and services. Here are some upcoming events and items that you may wish to get involved with.

1. Thursday October 10th – Williamsville Councillor Jim Neill hosts his annual Town Hall Meeting – 6:30 to 9:30pm at Calvin Park Library, 88 Wright Crescent. Opportunity for questions and answers with your Councillor and City Staff – all welcome.
AGENDA:
1) 6:30 – Refreshments & social greetings – (10 min.)
2) 6:40 – Intro & Greetings – (5 min.)
3) 7:00 – Queen’s Homecoming & Neighbourhood Policing; Catherine Wright, AMS MAC & KPF Staff Sargeant Greg Sands – (15 min.)
4) 7:15 – Infrastructure Projects; Palace Road and Princess Streets; City Engineering & Utilities Kingston, TBA (15 min.)
5) 7:30 – Williamsville Community Association Update; Pat Hodge and Sue Bazely, Co-Chairs (15 min.)
6) 7:45 – Parks Planning; Memorial Centre, Victoria, and Compton Parks; Park’s Staff, TBA (15 min.)
7) 8:00 – Wright Crescent Residential Development Update; Housing Staff, TBA (15 min.)
8) 8:15 – OMB Hearing Updates; Electoral Boundaries and Johnson St. Development – Speakers TBA – (15 min.)
9) 8:30 – Open Mike Q & A; Moderator Pat Hodge.
PLEASE NOTE: Times are approximated. We have the space until 9:15, but would greatly appreciate questions & comments being as concise and as brief as possible so that all residents interested in participating will have an opportunity to do so.

2. Williamsville District has changed dramatically
In April Kingston City Council redrew the City’s electoral boundaries and chose not to count college and university students as being residents. By doing so they reduced the number of downtown electoral districts and created a new district in Kingston’s west end. To learn more about this issue:

  • Attend a public meeting on Thursday October 10th at 7pm, KCVI Auditorium.
  • Go to the Citizens for Effective Representation website – www.ygkeffectiverepresentation.com
  • Have a look at the pamphlet that you received in the mail – Canada Post delivered it to 10,000 mailboxes in the urban core.
    Williamsville Community Association is part of the coalition of neighbourhood associations who are supporting Citizens for Effective Representation. The by-law that was passed by City Council is being appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board; the hearing begins on October 21
    at City Hall. John Grenville will be participating at the OMB hearing on behalf of the Williamsville Community Association. It is critical that those who live in Williamsville District consider the impact of not counting students, ignoring the recommendation of City staff, and eliminating one of the districts in the urban core. If you think that there’s something wrong with this, consider making a donation in support of the appeal to the OMB.
  • Donations in support of the appeal can be made online at the website or by mailing a cheque payable to Citizens for Effective Representation, to P.O. Box 582, Kingston, ON K7L 4X1

They say you can’t fight City Hall. We can with your help. Please consider a donation. www.ygkeffectiverepresentation.com

3. Update on Palace Road Construction
Please find below an update on the Palace Rd reconstruction project for the week of September 30:

  • As you may have noticed crews have been on site excavating water services and preparing to hook up buildings in the first work area to the temporary water system.
  • Full scale excavation work, which will require the closure of Palace Rd between Bath Rd and Park St to through traffic, is scheduled to begin this coming Wednesday October 9th. Work will be beginning in the intersection of Bath Rd and Palace Rd, progressing south. It is suggested
    to inform your clients/customers that while the road is closed to through traffic, your locations will remain accessible to vehicles for the near future, until the time when the excavation trench is in front of your location. Pedestrian access to businesses/offices will remain at all times.
  • Also, there will be a temporary water shut down that will occur sometime next week to facilitate hooking up individual properties to the
    temporary water supply. You will receive a minimum of 48 hours’ notice of the shutdown, hand-delivered to your location. That being said, I am
    working with Utilities Kingston and as soon as the shutdown is scheduled I will be in contact with you to provide as much as notice as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me directly 613-328-2509 or dochej@cityofkingston.ca

Thanks,
Derek Ochej, City of Kingston- Public Works Services, Public Education and
Promotion Coordinator

4. KCVI petition – if you have an interest in the future of Kingston Collegiate and Vocational Institute please make note of the following.

Dear Friends of KCVI,
We are now stepping up our campaign to save KCVI and once again need your help. This time, we need you to collect names on our petition to the Ontario Legislature.
Please, could you start collecting names on the petition (attached)?
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A HARD COPY PETITION, NOT AN ELECTRONIC ONE. SIGNATORIES MUST SIGN THE DOCUMENT WITH TEXT ON IT. DO NOT APPEND A BLANK PAGE FOR SIGNATURES. PLEASE MAKE SURE NAMES ARE LEGIBLE AND NO ONE IS SIGNING TWICE. There is no age limit, so go ahead and get high school
students’ signatures (not very young children, though).
Please drop off completed applications to:
Christine Sypnowich 249 Main Street, Barriefield Village, Kingston K7K 5S5 or Christine Sypnowich c/o Main Office, Department of Philosophy, third floor, Watson Hall, Queen’s University
OR
Arthur Cockfield 63 Hill Street, Kingston, K7L 2M7 or slip under the door of Arthur Cockfield’s office in the Law School, Room 526, Macdonald Hall, Queen’s University

5. Upcoming at St. Luke’s – Saturday November 2nd 10am to 2pm – Saturday December 7th 9am to noon.

6. Queen’s Campus Master Plan Open House – Friday December 6th 2-6pm in the Biosciences Complex Atrium, 116 Barrie Street at Arch Street. If you are interested in or concerned about how Queen’s is planning for the future, particularly in the areas surrounding the campus, with respect to expansion and student accommodation, then plan on attending this public session. When we get more information we’ll let you know.

7. Williamsville Princess Street Construction – if you missed the city presentation on the planning for construction along Princess Street and some adjacent side streets for 2014, you can still get on the email update list. Included below is the presentation made by City Staff at the public session.
Contact Derek Ochej directly 613-328-2509 or dochej@cityofkingston.ca City of Kingston- Public Works Services, Public Education and Promotion Coordinator (613) 546-4291 ext 2703

Williamsville Community Association
representing Businesses, Agencies & Residents