COMMITEE OF THE WHOLE - Amherst town council's committee of the whole will hold a meeting on Jan. 18, 2021, beginning at 4 p.m. This virtual meeting can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/p5ULP0Q9BR8
WALKING TRACK HOURS EXTENDED - With the recent hiring of Allison Watson, our new Active Living Co-ordinator, the Town of Amherst is now able to increase the time the walking track at the Amherst Stadium is open to the public to 10 hours a week from four hours per week.
The walking track will now be open Monday to Friday from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The walking track can also be booked by groups of up to 20 by calling 902-694-0001.
SWORN IN - Amherst's new town council was sworn in on Nov. 3, 2020. To view the ceremony, please click on the image below:
WINTER PARKING REGULATIONS - The public is advised that Winter Parking Regulations will be in effect in the Town of Amherst from Nov. 15, 2020, until April 15, 2021.
The Regulations state that:
No owner or driver or person having control or custody of any vehicle, shall between the 15th day of November A.D. 2020 and the 15th day of April A.D. 2021, park or leave standing the same upon any highway or street in the Town of Amherst between the hours of 12:00 o’clock midnight and the hour of 7:00 o’clock in the morning of the same day.
No owner or driver or person having control or custody of any vehicle shall between the 15th day of November A.D. 2020 and the 15th day of April A.D. 2021, park or leave the same standing and unattended by a person authorized to move or capable of operating the same upon any highway or street in the Town of Amherst in such manner as to hinder, inconvenience or prevent the proper removal of snow or ice from such highway or street.
And further that:
It shall be an offence for any person to fail to comply with these regulations and any such person shall be liable to a penalty provided by Section 293 of the Motor Vehicle Act.
The fine is currently $50.00
MASKS MANDATORY IN TOWN HALL - As announced by the Government of Nova Scotia on July 24 2020, masks will become mandatory in most indoor spaces, including Town Hall. This is effective July 31 2020. A full list of indoor public places and certain exemptions can be found on the Government of Nova Scotia website at: https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20200724004. Information about wearing a non-medical mask can be found at: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/staying-healthy/#masks
DECK CONSTRUCTION FORMS - Folks planning on building a deck are required to fill out a form detailing how the deck is to be constructed. The form should accompany the request for a building permit that is sent into the town. The forms for either a detached deck or an unattached deck can be found at: https://amherst.ca/building-inspection.html
CUMBERLAND BUSINESS CONNECTOR - The Cumberland Business Connector has the latest information for Cumberland region businesses on the the COVID-19 pandemic. The information can be found on their website: https://cumberlandbusinessconnector.ca
ORGANICS COLLECTION - The bi-weekly collection of organics (green bins) within the boundaries of the Town of Amherst resumed on Sept. 28, 2020. Organics are to be placed curbside by 7 a.m. on the same day as you put out your garbage. Organics will not be collected on days recyclables are picked up.
TOWN HALL HOURS - Amherst Town Hall is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, with some modifications in place to accomodate COVID-19 public health protocols.
To ensure the protection of customers and staff , the following will apply to those entering the town hall:
OPERATING, CAPITAL BUDGETS - The report on the Town of Amherst’s 2020-21 general operating budget of $18,358,712 and capital budget of $3,505,883 can now be viewed online at https://www.amherst.ca/budgets.html. The Amherst Water Utility’s $2,242,216 operating budget and $753,000 capital budget are included in the report.