Extending Transit Passes for all Youth

Moved by:  Councillor Mary Rita Holland

Seconded by:  Councillor Peter Stroud

Whereas the City of Kingston has initiated a program to provide free public transit for Grades 9-11 in Kingston public schools; and

Whereas Grade 12 students do not currently have access to affordable transit but rely on transit to access employment, volunteer and extra-curricular activities; and

Whereas students cannot apply independent from their families for an Affordable Transit Pass as it is based on household income; and

Whereas many Grade 12 students operate independent of their parent’s finances after completing high school, yet do not qualify for free or affordable transit after Grade 11  or until they are enrolled in post-secondary education, leaving a gap that can create negative, lifelong impacts on their educational and employment activities; and

Whereas the City of Hamilton offers a “Summer Youth Pass” from the period from July 1 (Canada Day) through to and including September 2, 2014 (Labour Day) which provides a summer-long pass for the price of one month, youth transit fares

Therefore, be it resolved that Council ask staff to provide options for a free or low-cost summer transit pass for Grade 12 public school students to be made available July 1, 2015 through to and including September 7, 2015.

Register your pets for tags by March 31

Your cat or dog must be registered with the City of Kingston by March 31. Pet tags are free for first-time registrants of spayed or neutered animals.

“Responsible pet owners license their pets. The tags allow staff and the pound to identify your pet if it is found.” says Kim Leonard, manager, licensing and enforcement.

Need to register or renew pet tags? Go to <http://www.CityofKingston.ca/pets>
Owners of previously licensed pets will have received renewal notices in the mail and can renew their licences online, by mail, email <mailto:licensing@cityofkingston.ca> by calling 613-546-4291, ext. 3150 or in person at City Hall, the Kingston Humane Society and participating pet stores and veterinarian offices. If you have not received your renewal notice from the City, please contact the City to ensure your pets are licensed.

Those registering their pets for the first time can go to <http://www.CityofKingston.ca/pets> or can call 613-546-4291, ext. 3150 to fill out an application. New applicants can also purchase their tags at City Hall, the Kingston Humane Society and at participating pet stores and veterinarians offices.

The City’s responsible pet ownership program offers:
– Vouchers for low-income families to spay/neuter their pets
– A trap/vaccinate/neuter/return program helps the City control the feral cat population
– Refunds equal to the discounted price of a tag, with proof (a receipt) that a pet has been spayed/neutered
– Identification of lost or found pets
– A free ride home for registered pets the first time the pet is lost, if the owner can be reached within a reasonable time. This saves owners pound fees.
– Discounts for owners registering three or more pets

More information about the responsible pet ownership program can be found at <http://www.CityofKingston.ca/pets>

Increasing Engagement with Child Care

Moved by: Councillor Mary Rita Holland
Seconded by: Councillor Kevin George

Whereas public consultation sessions increase levels of civic engagement and inform municipal program and policy design; and

Whereas By-law 2010-1 defines “public consultation meeting” as “A meeting hosted by staff, committee or Council in order to receive input from the public regarding a specific matter”; and

Whereas parents of young children require child care in order to fully participate in such sessions; and

Whereas arranging child care imposes costs on parent participants not faced by other residents who attend such sessions;

Therefore be it resolved that staff be directed to present options on potential on-site child care provision for public consultation sessions that could be introduced, including guidelines, policy and costs, for consideration to the Administrative Policies Committee by ‎the end of Q2 2015.

Home ownership program offers help with down payments

Eligible renters in the City of Kingston or the County of Frontenac  can apply to the home ownership program (HOP) for  help with a down payment on a home. The program offers up to five per cent of a home’s purchase price up to $14,000.

If you are interested in buying a home in Kingston or the County of Frontenac? You may be eligible for the program if:
• your household has a combined, pre-tax income of less than $80,400;
• you are looking at homes priced at $280,000 or less; and
• you have no vested interest in any other real estate.

Interested households can find the home ownership program application (includes a list of required documents), fact sheet and the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation Home-Buying Step by Step Guide at:
< http://www.CityofKingston.ca/residents/community-services/housing/programs/home-ownership>

Applications for 2015 funds will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 13 at the main reception desk, 362 Montreal St., via email at <mailto:Housing@cityofkingston.ca> or by fax to 613-546-2623.

Nominate a distinguished citizen or youth volunteer for Mayor’s awards

The City of Kingston is calling for nominations for the 2015 Mayor’s Awards for Youth Volunteerism and First Capital Distinguished Citizen/Honourable Achievement Awards.

Nomination forms can be found at <http://www.CityofKingston.ca/news>. The deadline for nominations is April 18.  The award-winners will be celebrated at the City of Kingston’s Canada Day celebrations on the steps of City Hall.

The Mayor’s Award for Youth Volunteerism recognizes individuals up to 24 years old, while the First Capital Distinguished Citizen/Honourable Achievement Awards are open to nominees of all ages.

The Mayor’s Award for youth volunteerism recognizes young people who have:
•       demonstrated leadership in terms of challenging themselves and others.
•       shown care and compassion for members of the community, particularly those with special needs.
•       overcome personal challenges during the course of donating their time to volunteer.
•       motivated others to achieve and strive for goals and has mentored fellow youth and others.
•       proven to be special people who personally contribute to improving quality of life in the Kingston community.

Nominations are accepted in three categories: Grade 5 to 8; Grade 9 to 12; and post-secondary (under age 24 by April 18).

Nominees should be outstanding citizens of Kingston who consistently contribute to the overall quality of life in our community. Nominees may have extensive volunteer service in one of these areas (or others):  culture, recreation, heritage, sports, health, education, health care, environment, safety, volunteering and business.

The nominations forms are also available at the City Hall reception desk. For more information contact Elizabeth Cashman at <mailto:ecashman@cityofkingston.ca> or 613-546-4291 ext. 1355.

Family Day in Kingston

City offers roster of Family Day activities;
Holiday to affect City schedule

Here is the  City of Kingston’s activity,  program and service schedule for Family Day, Monday, Feb. 16:

Have active Family Day fun at the Artillery Park Aquatic Centre, 382 Bagot St. and the INVISTA Centre, 1350 Gardiners Rd.

Unless otherwise indicated, drop-in fees apply. Grade 5s and 9s swim or skate for FREE with ActivPass.

Swim at Artillery Park Aquatic Centre: Open 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
–       Lane & Family Swim – 11:30 a.m. to 1:25 p.m.
–       Leisure Swim – 1:30 to 3:25 p.m.
–       Parent and Tot Swim – 3:30 to 4:25 p.m.
–       Drop-in Swim to Survive Lessons (FREE) – 3:30 to 4:25 p.m.
–       Lane and Family Swim – 5 to 6:25 p.m.
–       Aquafit – 6:30 to 7:25 p.m.

Skate at the INVISTA Centre:
–       Parent & Tot Skating – 10:30 to 11:50 a.m.
–       Public Skating – 1:30 to 3:15 p.m.

Work out at a City fitness centre:
–       Drop-in to the INVISTA Fitness & Wellness Centre from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. or the Artillery Park Aquatic Centre 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
–       Fitness members at the INVISTA Fitness & Wellness Centre can bring a friend for FREE on Family Day.
–       Grade 9 ActivPass FREE Fit Zone access from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the INVISTA Centre.
–       Drop-in Fit Zone (ages 7 to 15 years) – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at INVISTA Fitness & Wellness Centre (orientation required for new visitors)
–       Family Yoga – 11 to 11:45 a.m. at INVISTA Fitness & Wellness Centre (members: bring your kids for FREE)
–       Family Quick Fit – 12:10 to 1 p.m. at Artillery Park (members: bring your kids for FREE)
–       Family Zumba – 5:10 to 6 p.m. FREE at Artillery Park

The Family Day holiday will create some schedule changes to municipal services:

• Green Bin, garbage and recycling: No collection on Monday. Monday’s collection moves to Tuesday, and for the rest of the week, collection occurs the day after the regular pick-up day.  Never miss collection day again: sign-up at <http://www.CityofKingston.ca/collection>  to receive collection reminders by phone, text or email.  The City also offers a FREE “Kingston Waste” app for use on your Apple or Android device.

• Kingston Transit: Bus service will operate on a Sunday schedule on Monday. Regular service resumes Tuesday.

• Kingston Access Services: operates with limited service on Monday. Call 613-542-2512 for information.

• Administrative Offices, including Housing and Social Services on Montreal Street and Provincial Offences: Closed Monday.

• Utilities Kingston and Kingston Hydro: Closed Monday. In the event of a utility emergency, such as a gas smell, power outage or a water main break, call the Utilities Kingston 24-hour number at 613-546-1181. Hydro One electricity customers in the city’s west and east ends should call 1-800-434-1235. Union Gas customers can call 1-877-969-0999.

• Kingston Area Recycling Centre: Closed.

• Arenas: Open.

• INVISTA Centre: Open.

• INVISTA Fitness & Wellness Centre: Open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Wally Elmer Neighbourhood Centre: Open 2 to 4 p.m.

• Artillery Park Aquatic Centre: Open 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

• Portsmouth Olympic Harbour Building: Closed.

• Libraries: All branches of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library will be closed on Sunday and Monday.

• Grand Theatre Box Office: Closed. Tickets for all shows can be purchased online 24 hours a day at <http://www.kingstongrand.ca>.

Plan your bus trip with Google Transit: <http://www.kingstontransit.ca/tripplanner>

Kingscourt-Rideau District Town Hall

Kingscourt-Rideau District Town Hall of 2015 with Mary Rita Holland and Public School Board Trustee Alec Ross.

This is an opportunity to provide some information about what council is working on in 2015. As well there will be an opportunity to offer your suggestions for the city and the school board.

Town Hall: (sign up on facebook)

Thursday, February 12th starting at 7pm
Rideau Heights Public School
77 MacAuley St.

If you have any questions or concerns about the district, or you just would like to meet the newly elected officials come out and join us.

Hope to see you there!

City seeks your feedback on 2014 municipal election

What was your experience of the 2014 municipal election? The City of Kingston is offering opportunities for electors to provide feedback on the 2014 municipal election:

–  At a public meeting of the administrative policies committee, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., on Thursday, Feb. 12 in Council Chambers at City Hall, 216 Ontario St.

–  Through an online survey at <http://www.CityofKingston.ca/getinvolved>

For the 2014 municipal election the City introduced new technology, in addition to paper ballots. This resulted in an increase in voter turnout. “We want to improve our election processes to increase voter participation even more. We want to hear from you,” says John Bolognone, city clerk.

Results from this public consultation will be presented at the administrative policies committee on March 12.

Budget 2015

The City and Utilities Kingston budgets presented to council this week

Starting January 20, 2015, City departments, Utilities Kingston and City-funded external agencies and boards will make their 2015 budget presentations to the newly-elected council.

The 2015 recommended budgets represent the final stage in the City’s annual planning process where council priorities are translated into budget estimates. As part of the budget process, council will hear presentations over three nights:

January 20, 6 p.m. –  Budget overview, Utilities Kingston, City departments

January 21, 6 p.m. – City departments (cont’d), external agencies, deliberations

January 22, 6 p.m. – Second night of deliberations if required

All three meetings are open to the public and the City will be tweeting live from the budget meetings using #ygkbudget.

Council will be presented with a 2015 tax-supported operating budget of $337 million, which incorporates a 2.5 per cent tax rate increase, a capital budget of $170 million and utility-related operating and capital budgets of $95 million and $215 million respectively.

As part of the tax rate increase, the tax-supported operating budget will address inflationary pressures, respond to increasing service demands and allocate one per cent to support revitalizing, building and enhancing local infrastructure.

For more on the City’s budget and financials, visit: <http://www.CityofKingston.ca/2015budget>.

Apply by tomorrow to serve on a City board or committee

Become one of the people who make Kingston work by reviewing the current openings and applying to serve by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12 at <http://www.CityofKingston.ca/city-hall/committees-boards/current-openings> . Or complete an application package available in the City Clerk’s Department, City Hall, 216 Ontario St. Read more ›

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