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A Couple More Things

There are a couple more items that missed the previous circulation – Playground improvements at the M-Centre and Third Avenue Park, and summer programs at the Kingston School of Art.

1. City seeks input on upgrades to Memorial Centre and Third Avenue playgrounds

Wednesday June 29th from 7:00 – 9:00pm at St Peter Catholic School, 48 Seventh Ave. If you can’t make the meeting you can provide input by email. We’ve been waiting for these for a couple of years, so please come out and let your voice be heard!

Come learn about proposed playground improvements for the Memorial Centre playground and surrounding park area and Third Avenue Park. The City of Kingston is seeking your input at a public meeting set for 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29 at St. Peter Catholic School, 48 Seventh Ave.

  • Proposed improvements to Third Avenue Park include a new playground, seating, pathways and landscaping.
  • Proposed improvements to the playground and surrounding park area at the Memorial Centre include additional playground equipment, seating, picnic tables and pathways.

The City is also seeking feedback on accessibility as it relates to both sites under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), in accordance with Ontario Regulation 191/11.

You may also offer your input by email by July 15.

The press release for the public meeting for the playground upgrades for the Memorial Centre and the park improvements for Third Avenue Park is now posted.

The meeting is included on the ‘Get Involved’ page on the City’s website.

Information is also available on the City’s website under Parks Development. The City will update this information to include conceptual designs prior to June 29th.

2. Summer Programs at the Kingston School of Art

Summer Art Camps, for kids 5 – 12 years old in July and August. For more information visit their website.

REMINDERS

St. Luke’s Strawberry Social – Wednesday June 22nd

Takes place at 236 Nelson St. at 6:00pm. Adults $8, children $4. Come enjoy fresh berries atop cake and ice cream. Plus the bake table features all kinds of homemade pies, cakes, cookies, as well as fresh picked berries for sale. Don’t miss out!

June & July – Free workshop to manage home drainage

Learning how storm water and rainfall should be handled on a property can help conserve water and reduce the risk of water damage, while helping to protect neighbours from basement flooding and sewage back-ups. Utilities Kingston invites homeowners to participate in a free workshop to help them manage excess water on their property and prevent basement flooding, and comply with the City of Kingston’s “Sewer Use By-law”. Register today using the online form.

Summer Archery Lessons – July 7th to August 25th

If you’re looking for something fun to try this summer why not learn archery at the Kingston Archery Club. Eight one-hour lessons for beginners and advanced beginners at the indoor range at St. Luke’s 236 Nelson St. For more information and registration details go to the club’s website.

Update Mid-November

Dear Neighbours,

The fall is whizzing by and there are always things happening. Here are a few.

1. Saturday November 21st – St. Luke’s Variety Night

In celebration of 125 years in the Williamsville Community come one come all. Home grown amateur talent at its best. Saturday November 21st at 7:00pm at the Church Hall at 236 Nelson Street, at Princess. Free will offering at the door.

2. Thursday November 26th – Community Consultation on a Year-Round Farmers’ Market

Please join the staff, board and affiliates of the Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market for a community consultation process on Thursday November 26th at Princess Street United Church 484 Albert Street at Princess from 7:00 to 9:00pm. The main focus is to determine how to structure a year round farmers’ market.

  • What are the important elements of a year-round market?
  • What local products are needed at a year-round market?
  • What types of events could be held at a year-round market?
  • What are the most important elements of the location/space of a year-round market?

Please RSVP by Monday November 23rd to memorialcentremarket@gmail.comShape your market. Shape your Community.

3. Petitions

There are two petitions of concern in Williamsville.

Frontenac Street traffic calming

With the pending developments on Frontenac near Princess and on Princess between Frontenac and Albert, through traffic will increase in the immediate neighbourhood between Princess and York Streets and Alfred and Albert Streets during and after construction. This petition asks Kingston City Council to install an appropriate barricade on Frontenac near Jenkins Street to allow only pedestrian, bicycle and emergency vehicle access. If you can help with this or would like further information please contact Sue Bazely at sue@bazely.ca or Dave Gauthier at dave@davegauthier.ca

Petition wording: Given that the Williamsville Main Street Study identifies Frontenac Street between Victoria Park and the Memorial Centre as a Green Street, and the Official Plan as “residential”, and given that the Frontenac Street development (495 to 513 Frontenac) was approved by the OMB, and given that this development and other pending developments in the immediate area on Princess Street will drastically increase the volume of traffic on local streets in the neighbourhood, particularly Frontenac Street between Princess and York Streets, Jenkins Street, York Street, Alfred Street and Albert Street, in the interests of increased safety, we the undersigned request that the City of Kingston eliminate through traffic on Frontenac Street between Princess and Jenkins but maintain pedestrian, bicycle and emergency vehicle access and immediate local traffic only through use of suitable barricades prior to any construction activity.

You can also sign on line at https://www.change.org/p/kingston-city-council-local-streets-are-for-local-traffic-not-construction-vehicles-5eabb0f2-f928-43ce-8ccb-995723eb722d?recruiter=429786242&utm_source=share_for_starters&utm_medium=copyLink

But remember if you have already signed the paper version please do not sign the on line petition.

St Joseph/St Mary school site

Closure of St Joseph/St. Mary school at Brock and Napier Streets provides a tremendous opportunity to expand Churchill Park. This petition asks the City of Kingston to purchase the St. Joseph/St. Mary’s school site. If you can help with this or would like further information please contact John Clements at jclements48@yahoo.ca

Petition wording:  Whereas Sunnyside neighbourhood has been identified as having one of the lowest amounts of parkland (hectares/population) in Kingston and

Whereas the Parks and Recreation Master Plan advocates the acquisition of parkland/open space in the urban core and with special consideration for the purchase of surplus school sites and

Whereas St. Joseph/St. Mary’s School has historically been part of the recreation/open space in Sunnyside and
Whereas Sunnyside and adjacent neighbourhoods have seen significant urban intensification, thereby increasing the number of residents:

Therefore, be it resolved that the City of Kingston purchase the St. Joseph/St. Mary’s school site.

You can also sign on line at https://www.change.org/p/kingston-city-council-increase-neighbourhood-parkland-buy-st-joseph-st-mary-s-school?recruiter=429786242&utm_source=share_for_starters&utm_medium=copyLink

But remember if you have already signed the paper version please do not sign the on line petition.

4. Culture Talks – Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport

Kingston November 25 Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning, Malting Tower 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm Join Jamie Kennedy (chef), Merilyn Simonds (author, editor).

5. Ontario’s culture strategy

People, passion and ideas – it’s what culture is all about.

But what does it mean to you?  Tell us about what you value — and how you would strengthen arts and culture to build healthier, more vibrant and prosperous communities. Your ideas will help us design Ontario’s Culture Strategy, which will set a vision for arts and culture, define priorities and guide support for the sector in the years to come. This is part of our Open Government commitment to engage citizens and gather public input before policies are made. In winter 2016, we will report back about what we heard, before posting a draft strategy for public input.

Join us at one of our town halls running October to December. No registration is required. These events will invite you to participate in inspiring conversations with local arts and culture personalities. There are three ways to participate: online through Culture Talks, in-person at a local town hall, or leaving a comment online on the discussion paper. https://www.ontario.ca/page/ontarios-culture-strategy
The next meeting of the Williamsville Community Association working group is Monday December 14th. Please contact us if you wish to attend.

Happy Thanksgiving

Dear Neighbours,

We hope you are enjoying this glorious fall weather. Although the autumnal equinox has passed and the days are visibly shorter, there are many activities and events going on in and around Williamsville. Here are a few upcoming and ongoing to check out.

1. Sunday October 18th – Empty Bowls in support of Martha’s Table

Takes place at The Queen’s University Club. Tickets available at Martha’s Table. For details see the event’s website.

2. Victoria Park upgrade

Demolition of wading pool and small building now underway. New construction will take place in 2016.

3. Our Neighbourhood Meeting

Proposed meeting of the membership on Wednesday October 21st at 7:00pm (Location TBA) to discuss the second draft of the Official Plan Review, how it has addressed our concerns and options for any related action. (It has also been suggested that we discuss parking north of Johnson Street at this meeting.) An appropriate venue will be confirmed once we know how many of you wish to attend. Please email Rob if you plan on attending.

4. Thursday October 29th – Williamsville Councillor Jim Neill hosts town hall meeting

6:30 to 9:30pm at Princess Street United, corner of Princess and Albert. Tentative agenda is dependent on city staff availability.

  • 6:30-7:30: Parking, Traffic, & Streets. Senior Staff will be in attendance to answer your questions and address your concerns.
  • 7:30-8:00: Parks & Park Enhancements. Again, Staff will be present. See the new design for Victoria Park! Learn ‘what’s next’ for Williamsville.
  • 8:00-8:30: Williamsville Main Street Developments. Planning staff will be present to answer your questions on upcoming developments as well as any Official Plan & Zoning questions you might have.
  • 8:30-9:00: Williamsville Community Association Report.
  • 9:00-9:30: Councillor Jim Neill Q &A.

5. Saturday November 14th – St. Luke’s Fall Bazaar & Luncheon

10:00am to 2:00pm with lunch from 11:00 to 1:00 for $7.00. St. Luke’s Hall at the corner of Princess and Nelson.

6. Starting November and through December – Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market

The market will moves indoor to the barns, from 10:00am to 2:00pm, every Sunday. Also the winter market will get underway from January to April. Stay tuned for more details.

7. City of Kingston Official Plan Review – is on to the next draft.

Over the summer, we released the first draft of the Official Plan for public input, and compiled several hundred comments, questions, emails, letters, and other forms of submissions on the draft content. Since then, we have been revising text, updating mapping, and developing new policy to reflect all the feedback we gathered during the first round of consultation.

From today, October 5, until November 5, 2015, we will have the second draft posted at www.cityofkingston.ca/OPUpdate and also available in hard copy for viewing at the Central, Calvin Park, Kingscourt, Isabel Turner, and Pittsburg branches of the Public Library. Viewing copies will also be available at City Hall and the 1211 John Counter Blvd offices.

Now is the time to have a second look at what we’ve proposed based on your contributions, and provide on-the-record comments and submissions.

To finish up this round of fall public consultation there will be an upcoming Public Meeting at the Planning Committee where we will be presenting the highlights of the changes to the Official Plan and you will also be able to ask questions and make comments. Details are listed below:

Public Meeting– Official Plan Update
Planning Committee 6:30 p.m. on November 5, 2015 City Hall.
Rachel Quittkat Manager, Projects Planning, Building & Licensing Services Community Services Group City of Kingston 613-546-4291 ext. 3282

8. Martello Alley Art Gallery

Although not in Williamsville (we are sure that they wish they were), this artist enclave at 203B Wellington Street is well worth a visit. Open daily 10:00am to 5:00pm http://martelloalley.com/

9. Traffic calming on Alfred St

You have likely noticed the new speed humps and curb extensions along Alfred Street between Princess and Concession. You may also have noticed increased parking on Alfred Street, north of Princess and adjacent side streets. If you have questions or concerns regarding traffic calming and parking, make sure you attend Councillor Neill’s town hall meeting on October 29th.

The next meeting of the Williamsville Community Association Working Group takes place October 26th. Please contact us if you are interested in participating.

Williamsville Community Association
representing Businesses, Agencies & Residents
www.williamsville.ca

April Updates – Including Power Outage

Dear Neighbours,

here area few more details to be aware of:

1.  Monday April 20th – Williamsville Community Association Spring Town Hall & AGM – everyone is invited to St. Luke’s Hall 236 Nelson St. at Princess starting at 7pm. Join us for an update on the past year, new activities and:

  • Q & A with Jeff Garrah of KEDCO
  • new developments coming to main street Williamsville
  • Queen’s Alma Mater Society University District Program
  • update on the Kid’s Triathlon at the M-Centre

2.  Power outage – Wednesday April 8th – for a detailed map see www.utilitieskingston.com

Two 15 minute outages at 5am & 7am:

  • Nelson between Concession & York 
  • Victoria between Concession & Princess
  • Concession between Connaught & Grey
  • Princess between Smith & Nelson
Two hour outage from 5am to 7am
  • Princess between Nelson & Division
  • Frontenac between Princess & Jenkins
3. Saturday April 25th Grand opening of Limestone Credit Union (formerly Federal Employees CU) – 11am to 2pm with ribbon cutting at noon at 572 Princess Street at Frontenac, all welcome.
Some reminders . . .

4. Monday April 13th & Wednesday April 15th Traffic Calming Public Meetings – the City will hold info sessions April 13th 6:30-8:30pm Invista Centre & April 15th 6:30-8:30pm Memorial Hall, City Hall regarding traffic calming measures that include two Williamsville neighbourhoods – coming in 2015 to Alfred Street between Concession and Princess, and Helen Street between Macdonnell and Carruthers.

5. Wednesday April 15th & May 13th – Victoria Park Upgrades Public Meetings – the City is looking for community input on these dates starting at 7:00pm at St. Joseph-St. Mary’s School Gym at Brock & Napier. Contribute to what will happen by attending these sessions and sharing your ideas.

6. Wednesday April 22nd Bridge & Luncheon – join friends at St. Luke’s, 236 Nelson Street for bridge and lunch, tickets are $10 per person. To reserve your table call 613-542-5501.  Also Saturday May 9th at 6pm Ham Dinner –  tickets $15 per person, advance tickets only call 613-542-5501.

7. Saturday & Sunday May 2nd & 3rd – Jane Jacob’s Walks – Williamsville Community Association has teamed up with several other community and district associations and groups to offer a series of Jane’s Walks starting at 10:00am on both days. Details now available at www.janeswalk.org

Williamsville Community Association
representing Businesses, Agencies & Residents
www.williamsville.ca

Spring – Is It Here Yet?

Dear Neighbours,

Spring should have sprung by now, but it seems to be a bit delayed, so here are some upcoming happenings in Williamsville to watch out for over the next while.

1. Monday March 30th Official Plan Update – 5:00 to 8:00pm with a presentation at 6:30pm at the Invista Centre. The City’s Official Plan is an important planning document that guides what happens in our community. For details see www.cityofkingston.ca/OPupdate you can also receive updates by emailing opzb_update@cityofkingston.ca

2. Williamsville Community Association Spring Town Hall to be held in April – more details coming soon. At the 2014 Town Hall Meeting, a paid membership with a modest annual fee of $10 was endorsed and we are looking for a membership secretary to assist. If you can help, please contact us.

3. Window Art Gallery – Kingston School of Art – check out the exhibits and shows now on. Kingston Photographic Club exhibit begins April 12. Spring term begins in April. For details see http://www.ksoa.info/

4. Monday April 13th & Wednesday April 15th Traffic Calming Public Meetings – the City will hold info sessions April 13th 6:30-8:30pm Invista Centre & April 15th 6:30-8:30pm Memorial Hall, City Hall regarding traffic calming measures that include two Williamsville neighbourhoods – coming in 2015 to Alfred Street between Concession and Princess, and Helen Street between Macdonnell and Carruthers.

5. Wednesday April 15th & May 13th – Victoria Park Upgrades Public Meetings – the City is looking for community input on these dates starting at 7:00pm at St. Joseph-St. Mary’s School Gym at Brock & Napier. Contribute to what will happen by attending these sessions and sharing your ideas.

6. Wednesday April 22nd Bridge & Luncheon – join friends at St. Luke’s, 236 Nelson Street for bridge and lunch, tickets are $10 per person. To reserve your table call 613-542-5501.

7. Saturday & Sunday May 2nd & 3rd – Jane Jacob’s Walks – Williamsville Community Association has teamed up with several other community and district associations and groups to offer a series of Jane’s Walks starting at 10:00am on both days. Details available soon at www.janeswalk.org

8. Sundays in May starting May 10th – Market Day – join your local farmers and friends for the opening of the Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market coming this May. Stay tuned to http://memorialcentrefarmersmarket.ca/events-calendar/ for details.

9. Princess Street bike lanes and side street parking – Macdonnell to Division coming soon. For details on changes to parking see www.cityofkingston.ca/parking

10. Save the Date – Saturday June 20th – Kid’s Triathlon – taking place at the Memorial Centre 8:00am to noon. Please note, there will be some street closures and lane reductions around the M-Centre. Volunteers are needed & if interested email ktownkidstri@gmail.com or call 613-929-4511. Registration now open at www.ktownkids.net

Our next WCA working group meeting is Monday April 6th, if you would like to attend and get involved please contact us.
Williamsville Community Association
representing Businesses, Agencies & Residents
www.williamsville.ca

Williamsville Candidates Meeting October 6

Dear Neighbours,

Monday October 6th is the Williamsville Community Association sponsored Williamsville Candidates meeting.

Please attend at St. Luke’s Hall, Nelson and Princess, starting at 7:00pm. The meeting moderator is John Clements.

This is your chance to find out more about the candidates Jim Neill and Ed Smith and to ask questions of them. The agenda details follow.

7:00    Intro to the meeting and the moderator
7:05    Ground rules and intro of candidates
7:10    Opening statements from candidates
7:20    Williamsville Community Association prepared questions (6 questions)
7:55    Questions from the floor – please note only one question per person
8:40    Candidates closing statements 

Williamsville Community Association
representing Businesses, Agencies & Residents

Summary of October 17th, 2011 Williamsville General Meeting

Welcome by chair Sue Bazely

Welcome by Williamsville Councilor Jim Neill: great turn-out, hopes for more meetings, and encouraged those present to invite a neighbour.

Main Street Study Recommendation – Shirley Bailey, Sr. Planner, City of Kingston

Ms Bailey gave a brief summary of the study highlights and noted that emphasis on culture and heritage has been noted and will be incorporated, and invited input into Study. The streets will have wide sidewalks for pedestrians and parking on both sides.

Comments from attendees: cyclist noted “sharrows’ don’t work; Councilor Neill noted sharrows are a work in progress; Ms Bailey indicated Williamsville Study Recommendations will take time to happen. The area needs developers, but with brownfields in area, is it reasonable to expect to attract developers? Ms Bailey noted that Yes, enquiries have come from afar, there is interest and developers’ applications will be dealt with as they come in. Councilor Neill commented on tax advantages for brownfield development (some brownfields could be abandoned by owners who do not have mean to clean up properties).

Podium Developments Presentation – Bernard Luttmer

Mr Luttmer outlined the Salvation Army site development and Albert Street development, and apologized for the noise. Mr Luttmer went on to show designs for Mack Street, fronting on Victoria Park and requested comments and suggestions.

Comments from attendees: what type of buildings and how large? Mr. Luttmer indicated the intent for campus residents, but cannot be restricted to students; 2 bedrooms, 3 bedrooms + den, 2 buildings, 15 units each. Query on size of den, and does it have a closet?  Mr Luttmer commented that it is usual to have a den with a 3 bedroom unit. There was general praise for the Podium developments.

Property Standards – Terry Willing, Director of Building and Licensing, City of Kingston

Property standards enforcement is mainly complaint driven, with some blitzes, and intent to focus particular attention to the gateways to Kingston. Mr Willing gave a summary of the process.

Comments from attendees: complaints fall into black hole, what could be done? Mr Willing noted that communication is not so good, staff are very busy, and requested that people call back to check. It was suggested that people to take photos of situation and Mr Willing agreed this was a great idea, and to send photos by e-mail. There are chronic offenders, what process could work here?  Mr Willing noted there should be bigger fines for repeat offenders. An example from Waterloo was given where students get a fine right away, but it usually takes 3 weeks for students to pay attention to property standards by-laws. Snow removal, are there any guidelines? What about homeowners shoveling snow out to the street? Snow banks on Princess Street are a problem. Mr Willing noted property owners need to pay for snow removal or call for by-law enforcement if needed.

Near Campus Neighbourhoods Advisory Committee – John Grenville, Williamsville rep

A powerpoint presentation with background was provided along with examples of issues and concerns. Mr Grenville would like feedback to take to the Committee. Summary information and contact information will be posted on the website.

Business Improvement Area (BIA) – Fawn Bradfield, KEDCO

A powerpoint presentation on the advantages and benefits of a BIA was presented by Ms Bradfield, a representative of the Kingston Economic Development Corporation. This provided a better understanding to business owners and residents.

Services and Lifestyle Guide – Sue Bazely

The first draft of the Guide which lists services in Williamsville was presented. The objective is to promote local services. Ms Bazely encouraged input and additional listings.

Other Business

Farmers’ Market at Memorial Centre – is a proposed pilot project that needs support from the community. Attendees were asked to email councilors. This proposed Market is in keeping with the community garden proposed for the Memorial Centre and is an element of Kingston as a Sustainable Community.  Help is needed in working on this.

Potential school closures – there is information that some schools in the area could close. It is necessary to attend meetings and watch for the review now being conducted. Schools are an essential part of a neighbourhood.

Messages – Bryon Springer sends congratulations on improvements to the Memorial Centre, encourages incentives for developers, and is reviewing their proposal for the property at old Keg site. Bruce Stewart (Toyota property) noted that the area needs revitalization and that there is probably a brownfield issue. City leadership is needed.

In addition, there were messages from Ronda Candy (Martha’s Table) and John McTavish (HIV Aids) expressing interest in the Williamsville Community Association.

Thanks to all who attended, our presenters, and everyone who assisted in the planning and presentation of this meeting.

Elementary School Accommodation Review

The Kingston North Program and Accommodation Review Committee of the Limestone District School Board is holding its second public meeting for Central PS, First Avenue PS, Frontenac PS, JG Simcoe PS and Rideau Heights PS on:

November 22, 2011

6:30 pm

at Rideau Heights PS 77 MacCauley Street

Although these schools are not in Williamsville, several are close to our district boarders and closure of any will have an adverse impact on the surrounding neighbourhoods. There is an opportunity for public input. For more information see the Accommodation section at www.limestone.on.ca

Williamsville General Meeting

Monday October 17 – 7-9 pm at the Memorial Centre Rotunda

Agenda

1. Welcome & introduction to meeting

2. Welcome by District Councillor Jim Neill

3. Main Street Study Recommendations

4. Current & Future Development in Williamsville by Podium Developments

5. Property Standards, by-law enforcement & waste management

6. Near Campus Neighbourhoods Advisory Committee

7. Business Improvement Area (BIA) Information

8. Service & Lifestyle Guide

9. General Comments from District Councillor Jim Neill

10. Other Business – proposed farmers’ market, community garden, potential school closures

11. General Questions

There will be an opportunity for questions after each item in addition to the general question session at the end.

 

 

 

 

Upcoming events in October 2011

Several important meetings and events are coming up in October that concern Williamsville.

October 3 – Open House: Williamsville Main Street Revitalization

At St. Luke’s Church Hall, 236 Nelson Street – An open house will run from 4:00 to 8:00 pm with a presentation on the draft guidelines at 6:00 pm. You can see the report and can make comments on-line until Friday October 21 at     www.City ofKingston.ca/williamsville

October 12 – Memorial Centre Advisory Committee 

In the Loyalist Room at City Hall at 5:00 pm. This meeting is open to the public and has a variety of items on the agenda concerning the Memorial Centre, including the proposed farmers’ market in one of the barns.

October 17 – Williamsville Community Association General Meeting

Our next general meeting takes place at the Memorial Centre, Rotunda from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. This is your opportunity to find out what has been going on and have your say. More details to follow.