As the COVID-19 pandemic makes its way into the Maritimes, the Town of Amherst is updating plans to attempt to ensure the continuity of essential municipal services.
The Town is taking a number of measures to address the health and safety of the public and its employees.
“We are accepting the recommendation of the Province of Nova Scotia and requiring all of our employees who travel outside the country to self-isolate for 14 days on their return,” CAO Greg Herrett said. “Where it is practical, they will be required to work from home during self-isolation if they are not symptomatic.
The Municipality of Cumberland and the Town of Amherst have teamed up with the Clean Foundation to offer qualified homeowners low-interest financing for energy-efficiency upgrades to their homes.
The Property Assessed Clean Energy program administered by the Clean Foundation for the municipalities, starts with a home assessment to see if homeowners will save as much or even more in energy and heating expenses than the cost of the retrofits. Financing is available on a first come, first-serve basis, with each municipality committed to up to 10 homes per year.
The Town of Amherst is once again seeking to fund bright, innovative community events or initiatives through its ‘A’ Fresh Start Community Initiative.
Up to $17,500 will be shared by the Top 5 events or initiatives through a competitive process that begins with an application that will be accepted between now and 4:30 p.m. on April 1. The applications can be found on the town’s website or be picked up at the town hall, located at 98 Victoria St. E.
Computer users at the Amherst branch of the Cumberland Public Libraries will soon have new chairs to sit on.
Coun. Wayne MacKenzie, the Town of Amherst representative on the library board, presented head librarian Denise Corey, with a $657.75 cheque on Feb. 27, 2020, for the purchase of the nine chairs, which are replacing ones that have reached the end of their lifespan.