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Third crossing now?

Third crossing now?

Jason here. Finally, we have a sitting member Former Mayor Mark Gerretsen of the same party as the government. Will this mean we finally will get funding for the third crossing? Perhaps although it is not yet ‘shovel ready’. The access ramps have yet to be constructed and the design of the bridge and the decision whether four lanes or two to be determined. Last but certainly not least the access to the downtown – the Wellington Street extension passed, or not. All this requires councillors of great foresight. I hope we have same.

The meeting last night was a meaty one. Taken up mostly by a debate on the parking garage proposed by Homestead on the north block and by a presentation by the CAO on how to accomplish one of the City’s priorities in the strategic plan clicking on ‘foster open government’. Who knows what he was talking about?  Councillor Schell made the comment that she needed a librarian to find the information that was now on the city site. I know what she means! Anyway we are in for an upgrade to the site. If you want to know how, please check out the link.  I think the CAO is perhaps ahead of most Councillors and the public as I could understand the questions but not the delegation by the Chief Information Officer , Mr. Johnson. Somewhere on the city web site is an examination of parking in the downtown area. Apparently development will kill up to 400 spaces and they will have to be replaced as Councillor Allen (Countryside) remarked as his constituents drive into the City. The proposed parking garage would replace 278. Debate centred around the cost of the structures and whether or not, approving the parking arrangement gave Homestead a leg up in the planning approval process although the motion said it did not.

Councillor Stroud moved that perception was the problem. Council had to not be perceived as giving Homestead a bye in the planning process. However his motion was defeated. For the life of me I cannot see the opinion of staff that changing the motion would change the buy/sell agreement- the city will buy the parking garage from Homestead for $18 million – It is a lot of money and this is just the beginning! Council had to give Homestead pre- approval whether they liked it or not.

Sandwiched between these contentious items were plans by utilities Kingston for the future and what they are working on now. Hard to understand, but apparently we are going to have smart meters that talk to one another and we are going to be able to see what electricity and water we consume on a moment to moment basis.

This in conjunction with smart appliances will all be easily hacked by my grandkids in Australia. Welcome to the new world.

As well, we are going to embrace the service economy. We are going to be polite. We are going to respect the owners – the electorate. So we do already- what’s new?

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A long meeting ! ! !

City council meeting – March 24, 2015

It was a very long meeting with a crowded agenda… Whom do we blame for putting all the important stuff- Transportation Master Plan update, Employment Lands AND the Wellington Street extension on the same agenda? The mayor? The CAO? Whomever, it probably won’t happen again! And it had better not as the meeting concluded a few minutes after midnight.

Those items that were not deferred – The Kingston East Community Centres and the Exchange of lands regarding the Outer Station. The Wellington St. extension, employment lands and the Transportation Master Plan were deferred. There were also several presenters in favour- one opposed to the WSE, although the BIA did say that they would support any alternative to the WSE that guaranteed ingress and egress to the CBD. More later on this you can be sure.

The Outer Station- is soon to be ‘inner’. As the proposal by the developer to move the station to a position near the North St. Building – being renovated seemed too good to be true. The debate was essentially ‘what constitutes heritage?’ Was or IS heritage repairing the station in situ? Or repairing it and moving it? Moving it won.

A very good report on the Transportation Master Plan- reaffirming the importance of cycling and walking, over the car. The increase in funding would be required to take the buses from their current 9% to 15% of total traffic. This is probably not supported by the suburbs who are car dependant but they did not get their act together to overturn it.

The report of the CAO on the WSE is very long and concludes with a request that the Environmental Assessment on the route be redone. The report itself (of the CAO) is quite negative to the cancellation of the WSE, noting how deeply it is entrenched in the planning of the City and ends with a recommendation that the  Environmental Assessment be re-done. Such an EA would examine the alternatives to the WSE. I think that this will be a focal point in the discussions on City Priorities next week. Jason will report on priorities.

Should the City buy the Dry Dock

City Council Meeting Dec.16th 2014

 

Jason here. At the first meeting of the new Council a few themes emerged. McLaren (Meadowbrook- Strathcona)emerged as the activist- four petitions mostly regarding traffic issues and myriad amendments mostly surrounding the issue of the day- the Marine Museum(MM) The question of the day is Should the city buy it.(It, being the marine museum, Dry Dock and surrounding land.)   It is historically significant – the corner stone was laid by Sir John himself in 1890. It is the last piece of waterfront available to the public There are, as was recognized, some things to be sorted out before a vote is taken. Where does this stand relative to the third crossing? the Wellington St. extension? The price divergence between what Public Works wants and what the city is prepared to pay is one. Another – and a non-starter, is the request by the Marine Museum that any money that is gained by sale of property to a developer (in this case, Homestead) be put aside for their (the MM’s) use. No one trusts the initial estimate of $19.1 million to repair the dock-given the Tett Centre’s overrun. There are two outstanding issues here; one is the emphasis by the current mayor and Council on access to the waterfront and the other is the potential docking facilities for tour boats. These items won’t come cheaply. Look at the facilities in other cities-mainly on the ocean- a landing shelter is the first step. The current initiative is to work with the MM to extend their lease. More later I’m sure. This isn’t an easy question. Given the extent of the public angst over the Rogers K Rock Centre the purchase of the Dry Dock and surrounds is likely to generate similar angst, but it will probably come to pass.

 

Other items of note at the first full meeting of the new Council were, among others, the presentation of a cheque fulfilling the motion by the city to build fences along Princess St. and Taylor- Kidd, to protect turtles, if concerned citizens raised half of the money estimated as necessary. They did. This may be the beginning. If citizens feel strongly about Nature, they will have to put their money where their mouth is, without encumbering the tax base, or without taking money from people- and particularly their housing.

 

The new mayor, Paterson spoke three or four times, relinquishing the chair to the Deputy  Mayor. What he said was probably not too important, but he does read well – better than Gerretsen as shown during the congratulations etc. section of the meeting. He made it clear that Councillors, who intend to make motions or amendments to motions, had better type it out for the clerk in advance, so that it can be displayed properly or the motion or amendment would be ruled out of order.

 

Apparently the AMS requested that sidewalks surrounding the University be given better winter (snow) attention so that students and staff would not have to walk on the roads. This was one of the occasions when the mayor relinquished his chair to ask staff if they would be doing this anyway. The answer is yes. Also this will be the first scrambled intersection in the city – the intersection of Union and University. You can expect more scrambled intersections (red or green on all sides, pedestrians can walk diagonally) once the city finds this is a great move.

 

All in all, while it was a long meeting, the new mayor was securely in the chair and Councillors were finding their feet. The difficult issues are still with us.

 

City of Kingston 2010 Election Results

Source the Whig-Standard:

http://www.thewhig.com/2010/10/27/municipalelectionresults

Wednesday October 27, 2010

Results for municipal elections in Kingston and district (x–acclaimed):

CITY OF KINGSTON

Mayor

Mark Gerretsen 17,096 Rob Matheson 6,905 Barrie Chalmers 5,486 John Last 377

Nathaniel Wilson 227 Kevin Lavalley 215

Council

Cataraqui

Rick Downes 1,119 Jeff Welsh 499 Moe Royer 453 Patrick Foley 139 Jeffrey Lowes 106 Thomas Dall 18 Collins-Bayridge x–Lisa Osanic

Countryside

Jeff Scott 1,367

Joyce MacLeod-Kane 1,174 Kingscourt-Strathcona Sandy Berg 1,114 Brian Evoy 855 King’s Town

Rob Hutchison 1,314 Dan Hartley 132 Sean Murphy 102 James Sayeau 91 Lakeside

Dorothy Hector 1,157 Joan Hardin 869 Mark Bain 840 Doug Cameron 656 Loyalist-Cataraqui Kevin George 1,955 Patrick Vecchio 1,049 David Peterson 379 Pittsburgh

Brian Reitzel 1,085 Richard Moller 1,044 Carsten Sorensen 864 Ryan Boehme 151 Portsmouth Liz Schell 1,698

Harold Hemberger 567 Bill Wornes 312 Sydenham

Bill Glover 1,234 Floyd Patterson 830 Trillium

Bryan Paterson 1,751 Vicki Schmolka 1,346 Williamsville Jim Neill 979 Ed Smith 782

COUNTY OF FRONTENAC

Central Frontenac Mayor

Janet Gutkowski 1,713

Logan Murray 1,161

Douglas Lee 434

Council Ward 1

Kennebec (two elected) Tom Dewey 664 Jeff Matson 521 Tom Waller 275 Britian Wilson 111 Ward 2

Olden (two elected) John Purdon 439

Norman Guntensperger 410 Justin Gray 216 Ward 3

Oso (two elected)

Frances Smith 615

Wayne Millar 414

Carol Coupland 298

Richard Greenstreet 259

Ward 4

Hinchinbrooke (two elected)

Bill Snyder 553 Heather Fox 499 Phillip Smith 440 Frontenac Islands Mayor

Denis Doyle 744

Jim Vanden Hoek 703 Council

Howe Island (two elected)

David Jones 268

Pat Norris 251

Matt Fiene 162

Wolfe Island (two elected)

Barbara Springgay 590

Wayne Grant 548

Peggy Smith 493

North Frontenac Mayor

Bud Clayton 1,170

Jim Beam 1,061

Council

Ward 1 (two elected)

Fred Perry 577 Wayne Good 420 Shawn Gray 387 Lorraine Garey 352

Ward 2 (two elected)

Gerry Martin 552 Lonnie Watkins 468 Elaine Gunsinger 255

Karin Ferguson-Reynolds 213 Paul Thiel 61

Ward 3 (two elected)

John Inglis 355 Betty Hunter 249 Bob Olmstead 184 Robin Riddell 126 South Frontenac Mayor

Gary Davison 4,460 John Fillion 2,979 Council

Storrington District (two elected)

Cam Naish 1,305 Larry York 1,008 Peter Roos 932 Wayne Clancy 856

Portland District (two elected)

John McDougall 1,309 Bill Robinson 842

Jim Hicks 708

Doug Lovegrove 659

Loughborough District (two elected)

Ron Vandewal 1,240

Allan McPhail 969

Fran Willes 883

Randy Ferguson 688

Bedford District (two elected)

Mark Tinlin 821

Del Stowe 715

Pat Barr 662

LENNOX AND ADDINGTON

Addington Highlands Reeve

x–Henry H. Hogg Council

Ward 1 (two elected)

Adam Snider 404 Tony Fritsch 343 Janice Kerr 270 Eythel Grant 180 Yvonne Rosien 102

Ward 2 (two elected)

William Cox 465 E. Helen Yanch 360 Mary Ann Tryon 328 Larry Pealow 213

Greater Napanee Mayor

Gordon Schermerhorn 2,775 Gary Hodson 1,730 David Kirkman 215 Deputy Mayor Roger Cole 2,639 Peter Veltheer1,964

Council

Ward 1

x–Michael Schenk

Ward 2 (one elected)

Shane Grant 499 Kenn Morrison 450

Ward 3 (one elected) Marg Isbester 509 Paul Kimmett 339 Barry Robinson 294

Ward 4

x–Bill Pierson

Ward 5 (one elected)

Shaune Lucas 235 Bill Martin 226

Geoffrey Webster 163 Pierre Cliche 145 Ron Morris 131

Loyalist Reeve

Bill Lowry 2,340

Clayton McEwen 1,327

Deputy Reeve

Ric Bresee 1,922 Joy Silver 1,71 Council Ward 1

Amherst Island (one elected)

Duncan Ashley 216 Kevin Archibald 102 Ward 2

Bath (one elected)

Ed Daniliunas 469 Joe Hudacin 225 Ward 3

Ernestown (three elected)

Penny Porter 1,388 Jamie Hegadorn 1,212 John Ibey 1,210 Alexandra Kelly 998 Ron D. Gordon 972 Bill Hetherington 744 Stone Mills Reeve

Douglas Bearance 1,235 Debbie Thompson 1,085 Council

Ward 1 (one elected)

Kevin Wagar 152 Martha Embury 100

Ward 2

x–Eric Smith x–Todd Steele

Ward 3 (three elected)

Clarence Kennedy 1,124 Douglas Davison 796 John Wise 777

Duane Williams 642 Richard Lasher 384

LEEDS AND GRENVILLE

Gananoque Mayor

Erika Demchuk 1,260

James Garrah 577

Council (six elected)

Anne Warren 972

Jeff Girling 886

Joe Jansen 836

Bill Sheppard 827 Jan Hayes 771

Roberta Abbott 753

Joy Cuthbert 703

Michael MacDonald 584 Sheila Burtch 532 Larry Lappan 517 Tracy Brons 487

Raymond Harmer 394 Nick Giannakouras 368 Stephen Henderson 338

Leeds and the Thousand Islands Mayor

Bruce Bryan 2,014 Frank Kinsella 1,586 Dennis Reid 368 Council

Ward 1 (three elected)

Heidi Conarroe 1,327 Harold Emmons 1,094 Tom Lawler 993 Geri Dickson 908 Robert Jeffs 899

Ward 2 (two elected)

Velma Kelsey 690 Brigitte Lesage-Tye 682 Charlie Kellington 615 P. Joseph Tye 279

Ward 3 (one elected)

Wendy Merkley 439 Andrew Hodge 196 Rideau Lakes Mayor

Ronald Holman 3,574 Donald Wills 1,935 Ward 1

Bastard and South Burgess (two elected)

Anders Carson 894 Rob Dunfield 695 Paula Banks 584 Doug Good 569 Ernie Olivo 415

Ward 2

South Elmsley (two elected)

Paul Smith 818 Jeff Banks 735 Rita Purcell 662 George Hunter 609 Gregory Fleming 375

Ward 3

South Crosby (two elected)

Linda Carr 638 Robert Taylor 568 Barry Weaymouth 387 Jim Stedman 313

Ward 4

North Crosby (two elected)

Ronald Pollard 523 Bob Lavoie 388 Joseph McNally 345 Bill Brus 308 Ward 5

Newboro (one elected) Cathy Monck 86 Dave Bianco 83

SCHOOL BOARDS

Limestone District

Countryside, Pittsburgh and Frontenac Islands

Elaine Crawford 2,500 Pam Bidinost 1,413

Loyalist-Cataraqui, Collins- Bayridge and Lakeside

George Beavis 4,079 Tom Mahoney 2,295

Portsmouth and Trillium

David Jackson 2,097 Deborah Villeneuve 1,999

Cataraqui, Kingscourt-Strathcona and King’s Town

Helen Chadwick 2,422 Alec Ross 1,887

Williamsville and Sydenham

Paula Murray 1,292 Sandra Storring 1,239

Addington Highlands and North Frontenac

x–Ann Goodfellow

Loyalist and Stone Mills

Helen M. Brown 4,065 Ken C. Campbell 1,023

Greater Napanee

x–Laurie French

South Frontenac Suzanne Ruttan 3,129 Barbara McLaren 2,747

Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic

City of Kingston and Frontenac Islands (four elected)

Wilf Garrah 3,030 Kathy Turkington 2,477 Terry Shea 2,359

Catharina Summers 2,318 Gavin Cosgrove 2,246 Jack Coleman 2,159 Glen Williamson 1,449

Loyalist, Stone Mills, Addington Highlands, Prince Edward and Greater Napanee (one elected)

Greg Speagle 903 Paul Candon 704 South Frontenac x–Wendy Procter

Public French language Kingston and counties of Frontenac, Hastings, Prince Edward, Lennox & Addington and Leeds and Grenville

Marc Bissonnette 143 Frederic Tremblay 76

Separate French language Kingston and counties of Frontenac, Hastings, Prince Edward, Lennox & Addington and Leeds & Grenville

x–Andre Ouellette

Lanark, Leeds & Grenville

x–Brigitte Pilon

Housing Again ?!?!

Jason here.

What is affordable housing? The ‘mouth’ (Councillor Neill) thinks it is not 80 % of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) Average Market rent which would make an ‘ affordable’ unit in the range of $800. Councillor Neill felt this was more than an average tenant could pay. This discussion surrounded the decision on the Wright Crescent development which is an innovative project for Kingston that still will need planning approval. It is a joint project of CJM development and Town Homes Kingston. The mayor was most vehement in supporting the project as he indicated that the requirement of 25% affordable housing as found in the Official Plan, (page 57) was simply addressing the need for a wide variety of housing and costs in the community. I guess Neill and the mayor will never get along.

Housing is more important than ever as the city strives to deal with homelessness and the great  length of its list of people seeking low cost housing. Kingston has, as the report indicates, higher rents and a vacancy rate characteristic of larger urban centres. The 10 year plan to end homelessness in Kingston has done much to reconfigure the approach to affordable housing. Kingston now has an Affordable Housing and Land Acquisition program. The Wright Crescent project is its first iteration. The program is intended to pick up land which otherwise would not be available by subsidizing purchase – In theory this program could wipe out the cost differential for affordable housing in the south side of Princess vs north side. More widely diversified housing is to everyone’s benefit.

The CAO recommended contracts for the delivery of support programs a necessary component of a successful housing strategy. We haven’t heard the last of this. Under the 10 year plan some shelters will have to close as demand moderates. In the meantime the Service Provider will make sure Housing First is front and centre.

On the wider housing front – the Davis Tannery site and the proposed development on Frontenac St. were defeated. Both were Patry developments. One wonders if Patry is trusted by Councillor’s.

This was the first Council meeting after the Mayor’s announcement that he would not run again. He is seeking the federal Liberal nomination. Candidates for mayor (Hector, Downes and Paterson) were on display. Hector was quiet, Downes and Paterson were not.

Kingston City Council Meeting Commentary – April 1, 2014 #ygk #ygkc

Jason’s Commentary on the April 1st Kingston City Council meeting

Jason here. Just when you expect to hear something – it doesn’t happen. NOTHING, was said about the $35,000,000 the province will provide for a new secondary school. Jason expected to have Council reiterate, or not, that the Memorial Centre was NOT available. Nothing of the sort occurred. Perhaps it is too soon, after MPP Gerretsen’s announcement. Perhaps we can expect it at the next meeting. It has been said before, but the talker (Councillor Neill) certainly would not let that deter him.

What we did hear was a lot about the potential neurological effects of cell phone towers. Cell phone towers are a federal responsibility and it is hard to imagine a situation in which the municipality would have no input. But this is the case here. The Council chambers were full of, I assume, Calvin park residents who thought that the tower was too close to schools. And they are correct. The question was put to staff, to survey other municipalities, to see what, if anything could be done. An interesting aspect this question was the assertion that Guelph and Oakville had put a moratorium on such towers. The mayor explained that this was not the case (he must have checked). Those cities might want to place a moratorium, but they have no power to do so. This is an issue that will not go away. The city has to, and will, produce a cell tower policy. It, of course, will satisfy no one.

On the technological front, Council agreed with a staff recommendation to allow Dominion Voting Systems to provide, for the 2014 municipal election, with the possibility of using the same system in 2018 (telephone and internet voting) for the advance poll. This is an interesting move – and a small one – into on-line voting – voting should lend itself to the internet, but a risk free system has not yet been devised. Councillor Schell asked if there will be a phone number for those having trouble with the system. Yes, there will, and I bet it will be used a lot! Jason promises to test it.

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Kingston Memorial Centre park and fairground

Kingston City Council Meeting – March 18, 2014 #ygk

Jason here. I think that everyone on Council wanted to save turtles, but the issue was sent back to the committee. This Is a good time to wonder if the committee system is working. Set up to fill an obvious need for some forethought, the system was designed not to rob Council of making important decisions- and this was certainly an important decision. As the mayor reported- would it not be more useful to give the amount of money involved. ($62,000) to a homeless shelter? Perhaps committees should give options instead of voting on controversial issues. However, if u have an an environmental issue you wish to pursue it is wise to pursue it at this committee- members;Neill, Glover,Berg, Hector, Hutchison. It does not include the biggest environmentalist- .councillor Osanic, and in a left/ right views it is fairly well balanced.

This,appearances to the contrary, is an important issue that when it finally comes to a vote, will show Councillor’s colours. We will have red light cameras to catch offenders who run red lights, IF we can find 10 intersections that merit them. This perceived safety measure is designed to,put money in the city’s kitty, as infractions would more than pay for the cost of the cameras plus installation (so the report says) But we won’t have a question on the ballot in the upcoming municipal election on whether future elections should be on a city- wide or ward basis. The most noticeable aspect of this acrimonious debate was Councillor George’s dislike of Councillor Neill’s Williamsville emphasis. He, Councillor George, thought this emphasis is at the expense of the rest of the city. One could just as easily say that Councillor George was ignoring the inner city. Is this a left/ right split or an inner city/ west end split? It will be interesting to see where the votes fall when Pittsburgh is divided into two when the population there builds up. Councillor Scott voted ‘no’ to the referendum seeing no advantage for the rural part of the city. Thus the question was lost.

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