October 8, 2021 - In this issue:
Mayor's Message
Save the Date: Mayor's 2022 Budget Address
ARPA Funding Public Meetings
Festival of Scarecrows on October 16
Climate Action Plan 2030 Workshops
Italian Festival and O+ Festival This Weekend
Job Opportunity: Grants Management Department
Mayor Noble's Tuesday Radio Show
A Message From Mayor Steve Noble:

Dear Friends,

For the past decade, the City of Kingston has been implementing initiatives that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to a changing climate, including the installation of EV charging stations in public parking lots, solar panels on municipal buildings, and integration of green infrastructure into streetscape projects, among many others. These efforts were recognized when we were honored as the first Silver Certified Climate Smart City in the State of New York.

With help from the community, the City of Kingston is creating the Climate Action Plan 2030, which will build on our successful climate work to date, as we continue to prepare for the next generation. This is a critical moment for climate efforts, so I hope you'll join the process of updating and building on our Climate Action Plan. Upcoming meetings are a key opportunity for the community to provide vital input for how we plan for collective future.

-Steve
Save the Date for Mayor Noble's 2022 Budget Address
Save the date for Mayor Noble's 2022 Budget Address, which will be livestreamed on the City of Kingston's Facebook page on Monday, October 18 at 2:00pm.

Mayor Noble will be presenting his 2022 Proposed Budget and his vision to Recover, Rebuild and Reimagine our City in the coming year.
Two Public Meeting Opportunities for ARPA Funding

The City of Kingston will host two public meetings to inform the City’s Economic Recovery Plan for American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding.

The City of Kingston will receive approximately $17 million in ARPA funding over two years, and is currently working to create a comprehensive Economic Recovery Plan to best utilize these funds. The City has hired Laberge Group facilitate the creation of the plan. The Kingston Economic Recovery plan will be directed by federal guidelines, will incorporate community input, and will build upon existing community projects, while also supporting new initiatives that support recovery from the pandemic.
 
According to the Federal guidelines, the ARPA funds may be used by local governments for:
  • Costs associated with responding to the Covid-19 public health emergency or its negative economic impacts
  • To support workers performing essential work during the Covid-19 public health emergency
  • To cover revenue losses caused by the Covid-19 public health emergency
  • To make necessary investments in water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure
 
The City of Kingston will host two virtual public meetings to provide opportunities for the community to engage in discussion and provide input, which will be used to inform the Economic Recovery Plan. Both meetings will be conducted with the same presentation to increase availability.

American Rescue Plan Act Public Meetings
Monday, October 25, 2021
6:00–8:00pm
Register here
 
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
12:00–2:00pm
Register here
 
Representatives from the City of Kingston and Laberge Group will explain the Economic Recovery Plan process, identify strengths and opportunities for the City of Kingston, discuss challenges facing the City of Kingston’s economy recovery and solicit project ideas to advance economic recovery. 
Festival of Scarecrows Event on October 16

The annual Festival of Scarecrows will be held on Saturday, October 16, from
10am to 2pm at Frog Alley Park, the ruins of the Louw-Bogardus House on Frog Alley, adjacent to the Wiltwyck Fire Station.

All are welcome to create and display a scarecrow - we want to see your creativity! Scarecrows must be transported to Frog Alley, so be careful that it is not too big to fit in your vehicle. The basic scarecrow template is two-by-fours nailed together like a cross, enabling you to dress them in pants and a shirt. You can stuff the clothes with straw to give them shape and pop a head and hat on the top. The bottom of the cross should be long enough to sink in the ground so the scarecrow can freely stand. 
 
Please contact: scarecrowsatfrogalley@gmail.com by October 9 for additional event details and to sign upAll CDC, State and County Covid-19 event protocols will be observed. The event will be cancelled in case of wind/rain.
  
Artwork from local Kingston City School District elementary students will be on display and select farm animals will be visiting from the Forsyth Nature Center!
Climate Action Plan 2030 Workshops

The City of Kingston will hold two public workshops to present the City of Kingston’s Climate Action Plan 2030 draft to the public on Monday, November 8 at 12 noon and 5pm.

With community input, the City of Kingston is developing a bold vision to achieve sharp reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. The Climate Action Plan (CAP) 2030 will provide a blueprint to build sustainable, resilient, and independent energy, food, economic, and social systems over the next 10 years.

In late 2020, the City partnered with Citizens for Local Power, a local nonprofit energy educator, to engage the community on the development of the CAP 2030 and identify the public’s priorities for the next ten years. Key engagement activities in 2021 included a public survey, community meetings, and neighborhood focus groups. In addition, a Project Advisory Committee, composed of residents, climate action advocates and specialists, and elected officials, provided local expertise to further inform the draft plan. Based upon this community input, CADMUS, an environmental consultancy firm, identified 20 potential climate action strategies and conducted a more in-depth analysis on seven of those strategies that required more data.

The draft Climate Action Plan 2030 presented at two upcoming public meetings on November 8 will provide an overview of the identified strategies. Both meetings will be conducted with the same presentation, twice in one day, to increase availability to the community. Comments collected at the public workshops and during the subsequent comment period will be incorporated into the final plan, which will be submitted to the Common Council for consideration and adoption in early 2022.

Check EngageKingston.com & the City of Kingston Facebook for registration.
Italian Festival & 0+ Festival - This Weekend!
Click below for more information on the Italian Festival & O+ Festivals, both happening this weekend!
City of Kingston Job Opportunity: Grants Manager
The City of Kingston is hiring in the Grants Management Office! We are looking for a Grants Manager to assist in researching grant funding opportunities at the federal, state, local and foundation levels. 

Candidates should have a working knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration, the ability to determine eligibility for a variety of grant proposals, the ability to coordinate the development of grant applications, strong communication skills, among other qualifications.

Visit kingston-ny.gov/employment for more details.
Mayor Noble's Tuesday Radio Show
Mayor Noble's weekly radio show is back on Tuesdays at 5:00pm. It's the Mayor! airs live on Radio Kingston and the City of Kingston Facebook page.

Click below to hear Mayor Noble's interview with Nicole Allen from Laberge Group, the consulting firm helping the City create its Economic Recovery plan for distributing our American Rescue Plan Act funding.
Sent on behalf of:
Mayor Steven T. Noble
845.334.3902
mayor@kingston-ny.gov
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