A three-year contract with CUPE Local 1233 was ratified by Amherst town council on Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, during a special meeting of council.
The contract, which expires on March 31, 2023, provides members of the union with a two per cent wage increase in the first and second year of the contract and a 1.5 per cent raise in the final year. The wages and benefit increase in the first year of the contract total $35,100 and is included in the 2020-21 operating budgets of the Amherst water utility and general operating fund.
The latest upgrade to the Amherst Lions Park will help local residents, especially those in the West Highlands area, beat the heat, Amherst Lions Club spokesman Rubin Millard said on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, following the official opening of the park’s new $165,000 splash pad.
The splash pad, located at 39 Hickman St., is the latest addition to the five-year-old park that sits on the site of the former West Highlands Elementary School.
“Before the Lions Club started the park, we sent out a survey to the people of the area asking what they'd like to have in it,” Millard, chairman of the Amherst Lions Park Committee, said.
“A splash pad was something they asked for. It was the number 1 request made by the people who responded to our survey. So, it was incorporated into our development plan for the park.”
There is a new police officer patrolling the streets of Amherst.
Destiny Merriam joined the Amherst Police Department on Monday, July 13, 2020, as a part-time constable.
“Destiny has impressed us with her passion for policing,” Police Chief Dwayne Pike said, as he welcomed Merriam to the police department.
“She has the desire, the skills and compassion that make a good officer. We look forward to watching her grow as an officer and to working with her as we all strive to ensure Amherst is a great place to live, work and play.”