June 24, 2022 - In this issue:
Mayor's Message
Covid Update
Call for Art in City Hall Exhibition
Franklin Street Complete Streets Project Begins
Kingston Forward Zoning Draft Comment Period
Waste Water Treatment Plant Upgrades Underway
Children's Day Parade Registration
Roadwork Update & Paving News
City of Kingston Job Opportunities
Mayor Noble Tuesday Radio Show
Mayor's Message:

Dear Friends -

We are looking for artwork for City Hall - both for an upcoming exhibition and possibly for permanent placement. The artwork currently hanging on the walls of City Hall does not give the full range of our rich history and diverse population. The lunettes in Council Chambers that were meant to represent Kingston’s history through the years were installed in 1927 and do not accurately depict our complete history. There is no mention of the myriad contributions of African Americans, immigrants, women or other historically marginalized groups. The depictions of Native Americans misrepresent the atrocities that occurred.

We are looking for local artists who have works that portray these contributions to our history that we can proudly display at City Hall. Information on how to submit artwork is below.

Covid Update
There are currently 131 active cases in Ulster County and 22 in Kingston.

Latest news:
Call for Art in City Hall Exhibition
The City of Kingston will be accepting submissions of artwork for a 2022 City Hall exhibition entitled, Kingston Revealed.
Artists are invited to submit artwork that celebrates and visually represents the significant contributions made by African Americans, Indigenous Peoples, Latinx, LGBTQ, and/or women to the City of Kingston throughout history. The Kingston Revealed concept was developed by Mayor Noble and Majority Leader Rita Worthington as a part of the City’s ongoing 150th Anniversary celebration, calling for an update to the artwork on display at City Hall.
Selected works will be displayed in the Ground Floor Gallery at City Hall from September to December, with an opening reception on Saturday, September 3. Artists are invited to submit an artwork in response to the theme Kingston Revealed via the online application by July 25, 2022.
In addition to the exhibition, the City of Kingston has several available spaces in municipal buildings to permanently display artwork and may select pieces from amongst those submitted for Kingston Revealed. Artists with works that are selected for permanent display will receive $750. Funding will come from the American Rescue Plan Act allocated in the Arts & Tourism category. Artists who submit work for the Kingston Revealed exhibition must indicate on the application form if they would like to be considered for permanent display.
Additional information on submission requirements is available here. 
Franklin Street Complete Streets Project Begins
The Franklin Street Complete Streets Project will begin next week. The project area is Franklin Street from Wall Street to Broadway, and construction includes new sidewalks, ADA-accessible ramps, bicycle infrastructure, and crosswalks along the entire length of Franklin, as well as new street trees.
Work is expected to begin Monday, June 27 and be completed in October 2022. During construction, sidewalks may be closed on one side of the street. Construction crews may utilize occasional flagging and one-way street operation at limited times.
The Franklin Street Complete Streets Project is supported with $750,000 in funding from the New York Department of Environmental Conservation's Climate Smart Communities Grant Program.
Kingston Forward Zoning Draft: Comment Deadline
A public hearing on the Kingston Forward Community Review Draft 1.0 took place on June 22 and can be viewed here.

The draft code sets new standards that address community goals, such as increased walkability and historic preservation, improving housing choice and affordability, supporting resiliency, mobility choice and healthy lifestyles through public open space, waterfront, and street design standards, and by removing barriers for small, incremental development. Once adopted, the new code will impact all development in the City of Kingston.
Key Links & Helpful Resources
  • Information Hub for Kingston Forward is on Engage Kingston
  • Draft 1.0 can be found here
  • Interactive version of the proposed zoning code can be found here.
  • A recording of the citywide presentation that took place on June 8 can be found here. The presentation gives a basic overview of what’s happening, what a form-based code is, and what is in draft 1.0. 

The deadline for public comment is July 1. Feedback can be provided by submitting a comment at Engage Kingston or by emailing Housing Director Bartek Starodaj at [email protected].
Waste Water Treatment Plant Upgrades Underway
A $10 million upgrade at the Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) has begun. The upgrade includes new aeration tank blowers and outfall system which will limit ammonia, nitrogen, and other emissions into Rondout Creek.

The improvements are a two-part project – first, rebuilding the outfall will limit the ammonia and nitrogen that the plant emits into the Rondout Creek to prevent dead zones that could be caused by outflow and will create an overall healthier habitat. With the installation of new blowers in the aeration tanks, we will reduce our energy at an estimated 417,000 kwh per year, a 33% savings.

The Waste Water Treatment Plant work is being done to meet New York State Department of Conservation (NYSDEC) requirements and is anticipated to cost a total of $10,203,350, with a 10.42% contribution from the Town of Esopus. The City of Kingston was awarded $2,250,000 in New York State Water Infrastructure Improvement (WIIA) grants. The balance will be financed under a no-interest hardship loan from the New York Environmental Facilities Corporation. As part of rebuilding the outfall, the Rondout Creek bulkhead adjacent to the WWTP will also be repaired.

Children's Day Parade on July 15
The 52nd Annual Children’s Day Parade will be held on Friday, July 15, 2022. The theme this year is “Heroes.”

Lineup begins at 4:30pm on Pine Grove Avenue and Marys Avenue, with the parade stepping off promptly at 6:00pm. Following the parade, the Kingston Plaza is providing food and water for participants. Applications to participate in the parade can be found here: http://www.kingston-ny.gov/childrensdayparade.
Roadwork Update for Week of June 27
Paving on Harding Ave, York Place, and Colfax Place is expected to begin Wednesday, June 29 and completed by Friday, July 1.

Central Hudson: Main installation will continue on Gage Street with road closures and lane changes. Service replacements will continue on Clifton Avenue, Florence St, and Stephan Street with detours and road closures.  

Regular Roadwork Updates are posted on the City's website here. More info about paving projects can be found at https://kingston-ny.gov/paving.
Paving prep on Harding Ave.
City of Kingston Job Opportunities
The City of Kingston is hiring! The Department of Public Works currently has three Heavy Motor Equipment Operator positions available, Streets Maintenance Assistant, and Mechanic position.

The Police Officer Exam is being offered this September and applications are now open. The application deadline to sign up for the Police Officer exams is August 5, 2022. Qualified applicants will be notified via email details of the Physical Agility exam taking place on August 13, 2022. The Police Officer Entrance Exam will be held on September 17, 2022. The exam announcement can be found here.

More information, including application and the forms needed to complete the exams, can be found at https://kingston-ny.gov/employment
Mayor Noble's Tuesday Radio Show
Mayor Noble hosts a weekly radio show on Tuesdays at 5:00pm which airs live on Radio Kingston and the City of Kingston Facebook page.

This week, Mayor Noble spoke with Emily Flynn, the City of Kingston's Director of Health and Wellness and the project manager for the City's new traffic safety campaign. Click below to hear their conversation.

Due to scheduling conflicts, there will be no show for the next two weeks.
Kingston 311
The Kingston 311 app, website and phone system allow residents to quickly and easily report issues and submit service requests. The Kingston 311 app, available for Android & iPhones, is a fast and simple way to connect to City officials in non-emergency situations.

This system is a valuable resource to submit service requests for streetlight replacement, roadwork, City signage, traffic calming measures and other concerns. Issues with snow removal and reporting of vehicles and sidewalks not in accordance with the Snow Emergency restrictions can also be submitted via Kingston 311. Photos can also be attached to illustrate service orders. Dial 311 from any phone within City limits to reach us. 
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Mayor Steven T. Noble
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