Williamsville Development

February

Dear Neighbours,

Hope you are keeping warm and not shovelling too much snow – although those ground hogs are suggesting 6 more weeks!

Here are a few items that concern Williamsville:

1. Princess & Victoria construction site clean-up – there will be lane closures anticipated to begin on February 3rd. It is expected that Victoria Street from Princess to South Bartlett will be reduced to one lane from February 3rd to 7th and pedestrians will need to use the east side of Victoria. Princess Street from Victoria to the west side of the site will be worked on from February 10th until at least February 12th, but it is not anticipated that there will be any lane closures. Pedestrians should be able to use the south side of Princess. Both streets will not be impacted at the same time.

2. Mayor’s Reception to recognize community efforts during December 17th fire – will be held Tuesday February 4th from 6 to 8pm in Memorial Hall, City Hall. Residents are encouraged to sign thank you books that will be available at the event for the responders to the fire. The books will then be given to each group on behalf of the community to share with their teams. All members of the public are encouraged to come out to show their support to the individuals and teams who supported the community during the fire.

3. Williamsville Princess Street Reconstruction Public Meetings – will be held Wednesday February 12th at 8 to 9:30am and 6:30 to 8pm at Princess Street United Church at the corner of Princess and Albert to update you on the sewer and road project. Businesses and residents need only attend one of the meetings. The City of Kingston contact is Derek Ochej at 546-4291 ext. 2703.

4. Kingston School of Art – winter programs have begun and exhibits continue. For more information visit www.ksoa.info
Exhibiting in February Just in time for Valentines!
Surprise your sweetheart with an original piece of art!

SweethART Fundraising Art Auction featuring artist Primrose Craig – “Life’s a beach and other things”
A compilation of works including paintings, mixed media, sculpture and encaustic collage created by local artist Primrose Craig. The SweetART Auction is a fundraiser for the Kingston School of Art and Window Art Gallery.

A new piece of artwork will be posted on our Window Art Gallery website daily and you will have 24 hours to place your bid.
The bidder who is closest to our secret set price will be contacted.
The actual Artwork will be on exhibition at our gallery for your viewing pleasure.
*Shipping charges are extra.
February 1st – 28th 2014
Closing Reception and sale of remaining works (at full price) Saturday Feb 28th 6-8pm.

5. City Communications Survey – the city is seeking input on how they should communicate with the public by Monday February 10th. Due out in late winter, the Communications Master Plan will provide a framework for how the City communicates with the public and its more specific audiences – both internally and externally. The survey will help align communications protocols with the way various audiences prefer to access City-related information, while maximizing the use of technology, digital and social media.

The survey <http://www.CityofKingston.ca/getinvolved> asks about preferences regarding types of messages and channels, both new and traditional. The public can also complete the survey by calling Customer Service at 613-546-0000 to complete it by phone. Responses from visitors, seasonal and regional residents as well as Kingstonians are all welcome. Please submit your input by Monday, Feb. 10.

6. Johnson Street Development – The OMB Hearing date has been confirmed for March 26, 2014. This will be the full Hearing with 3 days allocated. Contact rob@ourneighbourhood.ca for more information.

7. 495 – 513 Frontenac development – if you live within 120 metres of this site you will have received notice of a new proposal. The plans will be made available on our website at www.williamsville.ca and we will contact you soon regarding a neighbourhood meeting to review the proposal. There is no scheduled date for the public meeting at Planning Committee.

Heart of Williamsville

Dear Neighbours,

As we continue to watch the events unfold in Williamsville this week, our thoughts are with the owners and employees of businesses and agencies and residents who were displaced, and those who continue to be so. We are thankful that no lives were lost, but the magnitude of the fire and associated damage will have a profound impact on Williamsville that will be felt for a long time.

Our gratitude goes to the emergency responders, not only from Kingston, but also our neighbouring municipalities, as well as Utilities Kingston and City of Kingston staff for their herculean efforts to avert tragedy.

We encourage everyone to continue supporting Williamsville businesses and services in what ever way you can, and we wish everyone safe travels over the holidays.

If you are able to assist financially, donations in support of those who have been evacuated can be made through this link to the city’s web page.

Assistance for the residents of Legion Villa would also be appreciated.
Contact info for Legion Villa:
Darlene Lightfoot – Administrator
Royal Canadian Legion
613-544-2008, rclv@kingston.net

In this season of giving, let’s all strive to help our neighbours a little
more.

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

December Reminders

Dear Neighbours:

Just a quick update and some follow-up information.

1. CELL PHONE TOWER RADIATION – A message from our neighbours on the west side of Sir John A. Macdonald Boulevard: A meeting will take place on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10 AT 7 PM in Centennial Public School (Norman Rogers Drive) for a discussion of the siting of a cell phone tower at 36 Cliff Crescent. A panel will present information, to be followed by public discussion. If you have concerns about the health effects of these towers, please attend. YOUR PRESENCE COULD MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

2. Queen’s Campus Master Plan Open House – If you missed the December 6th open house but still have an interest in or concern about how Queen’s is planning for the future, particularly in the areas surrounding the campus, with respect to expansion and student accommodation, you can still view the presentation on-line and make comments at http://www.queensu.ca/cmp/events/campusandcommunityopenhouse-december

It is critical that Williamsville constituents become engaged in this process before it is too late.

3. Paint the Town! Williamsville through artists’ eyes – a reminder that this exhibit continues until Friday December 20th at the Window Art Gallery in the Kingston School of Art, Princess at Victoria. Also don’t miss the opening reception where you can meet the artists on Thursday December 12th from 5-7pm. See www.ksoa.info for more.

4. WCA working group meeting – the next meeting of the WCA working group is on Monday January 20th. If you are interested in attending or being involved in WCA activities please contact us.

5. Please remember to support our Williamsville businesses and services.

We wish everyone all the best for the season!

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

Into Winter Update

Dear Neighbours:

As we switch gears and head into winter we hope that you were prepared for the first snowfall of the season – proper outerwear, winter tires and the all important tune up for the car or bike are a must. Here are a few things to keep in mind, some dates that you can mark on your calendar and some reminders for upcoming events.

1. Williamsville Businesses and Services – please remember to support our Williamsville businesses and services as we head into a new season. If you’re stuck for a gift why not check into gift certificates.

2. 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. It is critical that Williamsville constituents become engaged in this process before it is too late.

3. Upcoming at St. Luke’s – Saturday December 7th 9am to noon Breakfast with Santa & St. Nicholas at 236 Nelson Street. Come and enjoy a yummy breakfast, games and songs, crafts and activities and it’s all free.

4. Paint the Town Exhibit – on show Wednesday December 4th to Friday December 20th at the Window Art Gallery in the Kingston School of Art, Princess at Victoria. Also don’t miss the opening reception where you can meet the artists on Thursday December 12th from 5-7pm. See www.ksoa.info for more.

5. District Boundaries – Ontario Municipal Board Decision – on November 6th, 2013 Board Chair Sylvia Sutherland upheld the appeal made by the Queen’s Alma Mater Society, Sydenham District Association and second year law student Kevin Wiener of the by-law that was passed by City Council earlier in the year. Williamsville Community Association is part of the coalition of neighbourhood associations who are supporting Citizens for Effective Representation, the umbrella group organized to assist with the appeal. The decision means that Williamsville remains intact and that all residents, regardless of whether they are here year round or just for the academic year, are counted in the district and have equal and fair access to representation, The legal costs associated with the OMB appeal were covered by donations from residents across Sydenham, Williamsville and other districts in the city. Thanks to all those who participated and supported this process.

6. Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market – a huge thank you to the Farmers’ Market Association of Kingston and all of the vendors and customers for making the market a success again in 2013. The board of FMAK will be working diligently over the winter preparing for 2014 and the farmers and crafters will be taking a brief, but well-earned rest before embarking on their preparations for 2014. Watch here for details on the 2014 market and please contact us if you are interested in being a market volunteer.

7. WCA working group meeting – the next meeting of the WCA working group is on Monday January 20th. If you are interested in attending or being involved in WCA activities please contact us.

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

Further into Fall Update

Dear Neighbours:

As the cold winds start to blow we hope that you are managing to rake your leaves on some of the few sunny days we’ve had, or have had a chance to enjoy a brisk walk around the neighbourhood. Here are a few things that you can mark on your calendar and some reminders for upcoming events.

1. Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market – is extended throughout November, but please note the change in hours of operation 10:00am to 2:00pm. Sunday November 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th.

2. Upcoming at St. Luke’s – Saturday November 2nd 10am to 2pm Market & Café Annual Bazaar & Luncheon – followed by Saturday December 7th 9am to noon Breakfast with Santa & St. Nicholas. See posters for details.

3. Wednesday November 13th – Near Campus Neighbourhoods Advisory Committee – Find out more about the Queen’s Alma Mater Society proposal to re-brand the area around Queen’s University Campus as the “University District”. Queen’s AMS report and City Staff report to be presented for public comment. The Williamsville Community Association has provided input, but
this is your chance to have your say. City Hall 5:00pm.

4. Saturday November 16th – Transition Kingston Skill Sharing Event – although not specific to Williamsville, you might find some of these sustainability workshops of interest. Pre-registration is required. Go to www.transitionkingston.ca.

5. 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.

6. District Boundaries – Ontario Municipal Board Update – 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 was appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board and the hearing held last week. Please go to the Citizens for Effective Representation website – www.ygkeffectiverepresentation.com. The legal costs associated with the OMB appeal are extensive. 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

7. WCA link on City website – thanks to the efforts of Mary Farrar, president of Friends of Kingston Inner Harbour, links for district and community associations such as ours are now on the City of Kingston website and can be found at
www.cityofkingston.ca/city-hall/neighbourhood-profiles. We are currently reviewing our website and invite you to let us know of any items you would like to see. We also ask for volunteers to assist in updating the site. If you have the skills and a little time please contact us.

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

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

Into Fall Update

Dear Neighbours:

As summer winds down we find ourselves heading into fall activities and there is much to be aware of in Williamsville. Remember to support Williamsville businesses and organizations to keep our neighbourhood vibrant. The Williamsville Community Association working group meets monthly and welcomes new members, please let us know if you can contribute.

1. Reminder for Paint the Town – September 13th, 14th, 15th, Kingston School of Art presents Paint the Town in Williamsville. This is a free outdoor painting event for any artist who wishes to register. Please see www.ksoa.info for details. See the KSOA web site for fall programs too.

2. 183rd Annual Kingston Fall Fair – September 12th to 15th at the M-Centre. Check out the farm animals, culinary and homecrafts, horse and dairy shows, antique tractor pull, demolition derby, midway, and much more see http://www.kingstonfair.com/ for more info. The Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market runs inside the fair all weekend and outside on Sunday 9am to 2pm.

3. Sunday September 15th – Kingston Archery Club open house and fun shoot – although the indoor range is located in the basement of St. Luke’s Church on Nelson Street, the outdoor range is a must to experience for anyone interested in archery. Visit the KAC from 12 noon to 3pm at the outdoor range at 2043 Battersea Road, Kingston, North of Hwy 401 and Montreal St. — See The Map for directions. The fun shoot fee for non-members is $10 for adults 17 and over, and free for children 8 to 16. Fall lessons begin September 28th in the basement of St. Luke’s Church at 236 Nelson St., just off Princess. See http://www.kingstonarcheryclub.com/ for details.

4. Reminder for Wednesday September 25th, City of Kingston Public Meetings on the Princess Street Construction in Williamsville. Two meeting times are available to accommodate businesses and residents, but you can attend either at 8:00 – 9:30am or 6:30 – 8:00pm at Princess Street United Church, 484 Albert Street at Princess. Residents and businesses in the immediate construction zone only, will receive invitations.

5. Reminder for Friday September 27th, Fish Fry at St. Luke’s Church 5:00 – 7:00pm on Nelson Street at Princess. For tickets $15, call 613-542-5501. Also coming Wednesday October 9th Bridge & Luncheon 12 noon $10 per person, reserve your table in advance call 613-542-5501.

6. Heads-up Palace Road reconstruction to start later in September – if you were unable to attend the public meeting and wish to get construction updates by email or have questions, you can contact Derek Ochej City of Kingston- Public Works Services Public Education and Promotion Coordinator (613) 546-4291 ext 2703.

7. Do you have drainage issues? – or just want to find out more about preventing flooding? Then attend Everything Drainage Workshop: Protect Your Property from Water Issues. Do you want to manage standing water on your property? Is your sump pump constantly running? Wish you could make every raindrop count to conserve the use of treated water? Then the Utilities Kingston workshop “Everything Drainage” might be for you. This free workshop educates home owners on how to properly manage excess water on their property and help prevent basement flooding, while complying with the City of Kingston “Sewer Use By-Law”.

Sessions take place at the Utilities Kingston Water Conservation Garden, 1211 John Counter Boulevard, and are delivered by Hearthmakers Energy Cooperative. Dates and times are as follows:

  • Wednesday, September 18 at 6:30 p.m. (rain date is September 19)
  • Monday, September 23 at 5:30 p.m. (rain date is September 25)
  • Wednesday, October 2 at 2:00 p.m. (rain date is October 3)
  • Saturday October 5 at 2:00 p.m. (rain date is October 6)

Space is limited, visit the Hearthmakers website to register today. Learn more about basement flooding and related topics from our website.

8. Electoral Districts Ontario Municipal Board Hearing – starts October 21st and runs for a week. The future of the boundaries of Williamsville District as we know it, and its very existence, to be determined. More info to come soon.

Williamsville Community Association
representing Businesses, Agencies & Residents

Late Summer Update

Dear Neighbours:

As summer continues there are several events and presentations involving Williamsville that you may be interested in attending.

1. Sunday August 25th, 7:00 – 9:00pm at the Screening Room, 120 Princess Street – Hearthmakers: Be The Change Community Engagement Night with presentations from change-making Kingston organizations including the Farmers’ Market Association of Kingston, and movie Be The Change a documentary by Queen’s alumni David Churnushenko on living more sustainably.

2. September 13th, 14th, 15th, Kingston School of Art presents Paint the Town in Williamsville. This is a free outdoor painting event for any artist who wishes to register. Please see www.ksoa.info for details.

3. Wednesday September 25th, City of Kingston Public Meetings on the Princess Street Construction in Williamsville. Two meeting times are available to accommodate businesses and residents, but you can attend either at 8:00 – 9:30am or 6:30 – 8:00pm at Princess Street United Church, 484 Albert Street at Princess. Residents and businesses in the immediate construction zone only, will receive invitations.

4. Friday September 27th, Fish Fry at St. Luke’s Church 5:00 – 7:00pm on Nelson Street at Princess. For tickets $15, call 613-542-5501.

Watch out for more info on events at the M-Centre and Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market, including the Kingston Agricultural Society’s Annual Fall Fair September 12th – 15th, the Fall Fun Fit ‘n’ Food event at the M-Centre Market, and Food Truck Rodeo.

Summer Update

Dear Neighbours,

We hope that you are finding time to enjoy the summer weather and taking advantage of the many offerings in Williamsville. Just a few items to note:

1. Neighbourhood meeting regarding:
637-655 Johnson Street
Golden Dragon Ho 7 Inc.
City File Number: D14-246-2012
Tomorrow, Wednesday July 31st, 7:00pm to 8:30pm at Princess Street United Church Gym, 484 Albert St. corner of Princess & Albert, enter 2nd door south of Princess. Doors open 6:30pm.

If you have an interest in this project or any concerns, please attend this meeting to discuss concerns and further action.

2. Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market – come out and support our local farmers and craftspeople every Sunday 9:00am to 2:00pm. This is a true farmers’ market with locally grown produce, prepared food and crafts. If you haven’t been yet, get out and experience our community market and bring a friend! For more info on weekly entertainment see http://memorialcentrefarmersmarket.ca/ or follow on twitter @MCFM303. Where the Farmers you meet grow the food you eat!

Remember to support all our Williamsville businesses and services and keep cool at the Memorial Centre aquatic park and splash pad, YMCA, and don’t forget some cool summer reading at the Calvin Park Library.

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.