Mayor Proposes Charity Auction of Old Street Signs

Published on: 2014/04/30 - in Releases

Kingston Mayor Mark Gerretsen has issued the following statement:

In April the City of Kingston, in partnership with Queen’s Alma Mater Society, unveiled new street signs to distinguish the university district.

Since the installation of the new signs many Kingstonians took to social media to express interest in purchasing the old street signs and a few even suggested they be auctioned off.

In response to this interest, I am bringing forward a motion at the May 6 Council meeting. This motion asks City Staff to report back with a suggested implementation for an online auction of the old street signs when students return in the Fall.

If passed, proceeds raised will be donated to a local charity, cause or program. In the motion, I suggested PROkids Kingston as the recipient of any potential proceeds.

PROkids Kingston assists local children up to the age of 18 who lack sufficient financial resources to participate to sport, culture, art, and recreational programs and organizations. This is a great opportunity to support a good cause and I look forward to bringing this motion to Council for deliberation and decision.

About University District Signage

The new signs installed in April replaced existing signs at 56 intersections for the University District, which has been identified as the area bordered by Barrie, King, Collingwood and Johnson streets.

The University District street sign collaboration between City and Alma Mater Society (AMS) fits into a larger AMS initiative called the University District Neighbourhood Improvement Plan. This plan seeks to positively redefine the residential area surrounding Queen’s University by establishing a unique and inclusive neighbourhood identity.

UPDATE: According to a Twitter post by local news announcer Matthew Bisson, who attended Tuesday’s Council meeting, this motion was passed unanimously.


Release & photo sources: City of Kingston