February 11, 2017 - In This Issue:
A Message From Mayor Steve Noble:
Dear Friends,

I want to thank the Common Council for voting unanimously to support the establishment of the Live Well Kingston Commission. This is an exciting moment for our City as we have now made a real commitment to public health and wellness. While some may ask what health has to do with City government, I would respond that the two are inextricably linked. As we know, there are often significant barriers to living a healthy lifestyle and I believe the City has the opportunity to address some of these barriers through policy and systems change. For example, as the stewards of a comprehensive Parks and Recreation system, which includes the operation of three community centers offering youth programming, we are often the coordinators of healthy recreation activities for children after school and during the summer. I will look to this Commission for recommendations on how to support more youth to participate in active playtime in our park spaces and will commit to offering healthier food during our snack and meal times. This is just one of many examples in which the City plays a critical role in supporting health and wellness with our residents. 

By convening a group of volunteers to research and offer recommendations on how we can expand and improve upon our wellness initiatives, our whole community will benefit. If you share our vision of creating a healthier Kingston, please consider applying to join this new commission.   

On Tuesday, February 7th, the Common Council voted unanimously to approve Mayor Noble's proposal to establish the Live Well Kingston Commission. The Commission will work to support health and wellness initiatives throughout the City, and more broadly, recommend policy, systems, and environmental changes to improve public health. Mayor Noble is now accepting applications to serve on the Commission, with a total of 11 voting members to be appointed. Please consider applying today!      

Kingston Parks and Recreation Department to Sponsor Black History Month Celebration

Kingston to Host Informational Meetings on "Broadway Streetscape Project"

Mayor Steve Noble is pleased to host two informational meetings regarding the Broadway Streetscape Project on Thursday, February 23rd. The morning session is scheduled for 10:00am-Noon and the evening session for 6:00pm-8:00pm. Both sessions will take place at Kingston's City Hall, located at 420 Broadway. The sessions are identical and will contain the same presentations.
The Broadway Streetscape Project is an infrastructure initiative of the City of Kingston, designed to reconstruct Broadway from St. James St. to Grand St. The purpose of the project is to improve safety and traffic flow for motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users. Notable benefits of the project include:
  • Reduction in motor vehicle crashes at intersections
  • Reduction in travel time along Broadway
  • New ADA-compliant sidewalks
  • Additional and enhanced crosswalks
  • Improved safety of bicycles through use of a dedicated two-way bicycle lane
  • "Green Infrastructure" improvements to reduce storm water runoff and improve streetscape aesthics
  • Addition of appropriately sized trees that will not lift sidewalks
  • New ornamental LED lighting
  • Enhanced landscaping and on-street amenities, including benches, bus stops, etc.
Visit the Facebook event  here.
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Did you know that the City of Kingston has an Emergency Notification System? This system allows the City to notify residents of emergencies, changes in services and other important information. Winter is the best time to sign up for this service so you can receive text messages and/or e-mails to alert you of snow emergencies and parking restrictions. 

Note: While the system does allow the City to place "robo-calls", we will only use this feature when a State of Emergency is declared or other serious events transpire. 

2017 Refuse and Recycling Calendar Now Available

Upcoming Municipal Meetings

Monday, February 13th
Planning Board
City Hall

Tuesday, February 14th
Complete Streets Advisory Council
City Hall, Conference Room #1

Wednesday, February 15th
Finance and Audit Committee
City Hall, Conference Room #1

Police Commission
Kingston Police Department

Water Board
Water Department Offices

Thursday, February 16th
Laws and Rules Committee Public Hearing
City Hall

Laws and Rules Committee
City Hall, Conference Room #1

To stay up to date on all municipal meetings each month, check out our monthly calendar here.  Most meeting agendas and minutes can be found here.
Kingston Happenings
The City of Kingston often receives requests to share upcoming events happening in our community. Our partners at 
KingstonHappenings.org  do an excellent job of centralizing this community information. So while our website is the best resource to gain information about City of Kingston sponsored events and important municipal information, Kingston Happenings can give you a greater preview of community events. Check them out today!
Sent on behalf of:
Mayor Steven T. Noble

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