The 2021-22 mandatory provincial contribution area rate was set by Amherst town council at 40.2 cents per $100 of assessment when it met on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021.
The area rate raises the funds needed to cover the portion of provincial services – education, assessment services, correction services, housing and regional library services – the province requires the town to pay.
The Towns of Amherst & Oxford and the Municipality of Cumberland currently share ownership of the Cumberland Central Landfill, or as some people know it Little Forks Landfill. Operation of the Cumberland Central Landfill is managed by the Cumberland Joint Services Management Authority (CJSMA). CJSMA answers to a board which is made up of representatives of the towns and municipality.
Town staff presented Amherst town council’s committee of the whole with proposed revisions, consolidations and amendments to town polices during its Feb. 16, 2021, meeting.
The proposed revision was to the town’s Appointment of Council Members to External Boards, Committees and Commissions Policy. It clarifies the circumstances in which council would consider formal appointments of its members to external agencies, such as the library board, and the role of councillors once they are formally appointed by council to such boards, committees and commissions.
The impact the COVID-19 pandemic had on local sports was evident recently when the Town of Amherst handed out its Athletic Achiever awards.
Only five of the awards, presented to local amateur athletes and teams that achieve gold medals at the provincial, Maritime, Atlantic or Eastern Canadian level, or a bronze, silver or gold medal at the national or international level, were handed out to four athletes during a short ceremony that took COVID-19 protocols into account.