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Meet the People Who Make Kingston Work at the Public Works Open House

May 15, 2013 -

Attend a seminar on permit requirements for decks, pool and other summer projects

Check out the view from the driver's seat of a snow plow, street sweeper or Kingston Transit bus during the Public Works Open House, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 25 at the Public Works yard at Railway and Division Streets (enter off Railway Street). 

Scott Environmental Group will again be collecting electronic waste (e-waste) items, including televisions, computers, monitors, typewriters, speakers, telephones, radios, DVD players, etc. 

Both the Open House and the e-waste disposal are FREE. 

Families will enjoy this annual opportunity to get an up-close look at a wide variety of City vehicles, learn about City services and meet the people that make Kingston work! The Open House marks the end of National Public Works Week which educates the public on the importance of the contribution of public works to their daily lives and how snow plow drivers, transit bus operators, building inspectors, planners and others build the quality of life in Kingston.

Visitors will also learn about the City services surrounding roads, parks, horticulture, forestry, solid waste, Kingston Transit, Kingston Police and Kingston Fire & Rescue, and have an opportunity to attend any of the following seminars:

  • 10:00 to 10:45: Learn how to get a permit for your new deck, pool or addition.
  • 10:45 to 11:15: Learn how your property is zoned and when you would need a minor variance.
  • 11:15 to 11:45: Interested in building a basement apartment? Learn about secondary suites.
  • 11:45 to noon: Is your lot graded properly? Learn about the requirements.
  • Noon to 12:45: Save time and money with a water conservation garden.
  • 12:45 to 1:00: Learn about preventative plumbing practices to reduce flooding in your neighbourhood.

Students will be invited to fill out and submit a Public Works week quiz at the May 25 Open House and could win a visit to their school from a public works vehicle of their choice and a pizza party for their class. Two prizes will be awarded: one for a Kindergarten to Grade 3 class and another for a class in Grades 4 to 6.

Plan to get there by bus: www.cityofkingston.ca/tripplanner

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Communications Officer 613-546-4291, ext. 3116. Or call the City of Kingston's media hotline at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.