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City budget discussions to be live-streamed

The City is inviting constituents to virtually attend budget deliberations next week, as Council reviews various capital and operating budgets supported by the municipality. “We want to continue to be open and transparent about how spending and resource allocation decisions are made, and to provide residents with the opportunity to

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City Council seeking public opinion on current priorities

City Council is looking for the public’s opinions on the strategic priorities it set in 2019, according to a media released dated Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. Their top question: Do the priorities still make sense in light of COVID-19? “Council developed an ambitious plan for this term based on key

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Hall Monitor: The cost of COVID

It was a busier than usual week for Kingston City Council, as they sat for four meetings this week. On May 19, 2020, Council held a meeting as the membership of Town Homes Kingston (agenda) first, followed by sitting as the shareholder of the Kingston & Frontenac Housing Corporation (agenda)

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South Frontenac Township approves strategic plan, budget for 2020

At their last meeting of 2019, South Frontenac Township Council saw the conclusion of the past months’ work by Council and Staff to create a new direction for the Township. On Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019, Council approved the Township’s new strategic plan, as well as its 2020 operating and capital

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Hall Monitor: Active Implementation

On Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2019, Kingston City Council sat for meeting number 23-2019 (Agenda) where they discussed proposed changes to Belle Park, transitions in the Ontario recycling program, received a strategic plan update and, primarily, spoke to the 5-year implementation strategy for the Active Transportation Master Plan. The evening opened

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A Strategic Look: Priority #4 – Strengthen Economic Development Opportunities

Beginning in early January and, through public consultation and a number of additional special meetings, Kingston City Council set out its five strategic priorities through 2022, which they affirmed and approved an implementation plan for at their meeting on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Today, we’ll explore the projects within their

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Community Soapbox: Toderian Takes On Kingston

“You have some of the worst architecture on a waterfront that I have ever seen. And I have seen waterfronts all over the world.” — Brent Toderian You might have seen comments about Kingston made by a visiting “urban planning expert.” Who is he? Why was he here? Brent Toderian

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David and Goliath: Updated

Kingston’s Official Plan is a masterpiece of detailed input, endless discussion, public and professional consultation, countless amendments and patient editing. Each time they were asked for input, Kingstonians responded constructively. This was done to ensure the Official Plan truly meets the needs and wants of those who chose to live

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Kingston’s Official Plan

In the on-going debate over building height limits downtown, Kingston’s Official Plan seems to have been pushed aside. This is especially interesting in the light of the new, bouncy video about the Third Crossing which the City clearly wants us all to watch and in which the commentary clearly states

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Norman Rogers Airport Expansion

“When in doubt, make sympathetic clucking noises” read the staff instructions for Customer Service at a Trade Show I once worked. In my opinion, a few airport officials may have been making sympathetic clucking noises to residents and the Collins Bay Marina in a recent Whig story about airport expansion.

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City Outlines Plan to Tackle Extensive Winter Damage to Roads

Work to address the extensive winter damage to Kingston’s urban roads will begin on May 26 and will cost an estimated $3.3 million in total. “We told Kingston motorists and cyclists that we would be offering a longer-term fix to address this winter’s road damage and that’s what we are

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