Kingston Could Soon Become a Cruise Ship Destination

City Council will vote on a recommendation from staff to purchase property next to the 1 Queen Street Wharf to create a deep water dock that could be used by cruise ships touring the Great Lakes.

At Tuesday's meeting, Councilors will be asked to use $500,000 from the Environment Reserve Fund to cover the cost of dredging.

City Council will also be asked to approve writing off more than $2 million in unpaid fines that have been deemed uncollectible.

Also on the agenda, hiring an Urban Intensification company to assist city staff in the development of Kingston’s building and planning policies.

Hiring Toderian UrbanWORKS would cost almost $54,000 and the company would be responsible for assisting staff to revise guidelines for developments focusing on increased height or density.

Meanwhile, City Council has been found to be in violation of the provinces municipal act.

An investigation has concluded that rules were broken when Councillors voted behind closed doors last April,  to pay $850,000 to buy a piece of land in the city’s west end.

A complaint about two closed doors meetings prompted the investigation, and a report from the Closed Meeting Investigator will be presented to council Tuesday night