Kingston Solar (Samsung) Community Benefit Fund

Kingston Solar (Samsung) Community Benefit Fund

On October 18, 2016, City Council approved the uses for the Kingston Solar LP Community Benefit fund, with investments to be focused in the vicinity of the Solar project.  This is great news, as the benefits will be directly felt by the part of our community most impacted by hosting the many acres of solar development.  

Over the summer, staff consulted with the community and Rural Advisory Committee on the use of these funds, and came forward with the following three recommendations:

  1. Establish a program for the planting of trees in the neighbourhood of the solar project. This program will be administered by Public Works and is scheduled to start in the spring of 2017 as the tree planting program for the fall of 2016 has already been planned.
  2. Park improvements in the rural area, including school properties that are being utilized as community parks. Staff will consider a contribution to the Elginburg Public School in response to a request for financial assistance to replace the play structure and to plant trees in the play area to provide shade to children.
  3. Acquisition of natural lands and parkland in the vicinity of the Solar Project.
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Curbside Battery Recycling November 7-12

 From Solid Waste Division:

The solid waste division is excited about the upcoming curbside battery recycling program during the week of November 7-12. To kick off the program,  specially marked battery bags were distributed in the October 13 edition of Kingston This Week.

Providing this bag almost a month before the special collection provides customers with the chance to collect all of their used and expired batteries around the house. The program starts just after the clocks turn back and when Kingston Fire & Rescue promote and urge residents to change their batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

Eligible residents will be able to place their battery bag at the curb on their regular collection day the week of
November 7-12. Battery bags should be placed on the ground, beside the recycling box or another waste container at the curb.

Anchor Concrete Proposed Expansion

Open Houses: October 13 at 2:00pm & 5:00pm, Anchor Concrete
Public MeetingOctober 20 at 6:30pm, Kingston City Hall

Anchor Concrete has reached out to their neighbours to let them know about an expansion proposal of their work site, primarily for outdoor storage.  They are hosting two open houses to answer any questions on October 13 and the public meeting before Kingston's planning committee is on October 20. Please be sure to let me know if you have any concerns related to this application.  This is the time to hear from neighbours about potential issues, concerns or opportunities and to ensure their input is included in the final recommendations.

Click here for more information
Click here to read the letter from Anchor Concrete
Cleck here to see application details on DASH