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SMART Selected for City Contract

May 22, 2012

SMART Selected for City Contract

KINGSTON, ON – The Alma Mater Society (AMS) is happy to announce that the Student Maintenance And Resource Team (SMART) has been selected by the City of Kingston as a property standards bylaw contractor. This selection means that students, under the management of SMART and the Municipal Affairs Commission, will be contracted by the city to clean properties that do not meet bylaw standards within the University District. This comes at a time when the AMS is overseeing a number of major projects and services aimed at expressing student interest in improving town-gown relations. The AMS is committed to working towards improved relations with the city and towards a creating more livable University District. The AMS is very happy with the success of SMART as a new AMS service, and as a demonstration of student administration and management.

In early spring, the City of Kingston issued a request for proposals (RFP) for contracted services relating to property standards bylaws. This RFP covers a two year term, and includes a specific area of the City – in the AMS’s case, the University District. The AMS and SMART saw this as the perfect opportunity to expand student involvement and employment in the University District, and another step in improving shared living areas. This will be a service separate from SMART’s current University District clean-up initiatives, with job assignments being directed by the city. If property standards are not met, the City will issue a bylaw order, and SMART gets contracted to clean a property if the tenant does not take appropriate action. The fees for these contracts will vary depending on the service.

The selection of SMART to deliver these contracts is recognition of its rising status within the community as a hallmark of student efforts and initiative. This announcement follows a series of initiatives by the AMS to improve the University District, both in terms of livability but also in terms of Town-Gown relations. Students care deeply about their relationship with their neighbours and the broader livability of the city, and recent AMS efforts demonstrate this.

“The Municipal Affairs Commission is extremely proud to be taking a leadership role in improving the quality of life for those living within the University District,” said Municipal Affairs Commissioner Troy Sherman. “We welcome this opportunity as a way of taking a hands-on approach to some of the challenges facing students and our neighbours. This is a positive step forward in strengthening Town-Gown relations and showing our students’ commitment to establishing good, lasting relations.”

Please direct all media inquiries to Taylor Mann, AMS Communications Officer, at comm@ams.queensu.ca or (613) 533-6000 x 75850.

 

BACKGROUNDER 

Alma Mater Society (AMS) - http://www.myAMS.org

The central undergraduate student government at Queen’s University, the AMS represents over 14,200 students and is the oldest student government in Canada. The constituency is represented through 12 faculty and residence societies. The AMS Council, which is made up of a three-person executive, six commissioners, and three directors, oversees all day-to-day activities within the Society, including 14 corporate services and various government committees that address virtually all matters of student life at Queen’s.

Student Maintenance And Resource Team (SMART)

Established in 2012 by AMS Assembly, SMART is actively trying to improve the quality of life for students and our neighbours in the University District. SMART performs a free-of-charge clean-up and beautification service to houses in the University District. The service also provides contract work for landlords in the District. SMART can be contracted to regularly cut grass, rake leaves, and perform minor exterior property maintenance (repair fences, decks, etc).