Potholes are the bane of every Canadian’s springtime existence.
They drive motorists crazy as drivers attempt to navigate around them. They keep the Town of Amherst’s Public Works crew busy as they work hard to fill them.
Potholes are created each year through the regular thaw-freeze cycle, which is the reason they seem to proliferate during springtime. The temperature rises, snow melts, water seeps through tiny cracks in the pavement into the street’s subbase.
The Town of Amherst is proclaiming April 8 to April 14 First Responders Week.
“Council wants to thank the members of the Amherst Police Department, Amherst Fire Department, Cumberland RCMP and the local Emergency Health Services paramedics for the outstanding service they provide the town,” Mayor David Kogon said as he signed the proclamation on April 1.
“We owe them our thanks because our First Responders are vital to the safety of our community; they are our first and best defence against emergencies and they often risk their own safety in order to protect our community.
It looks like any other tent, but this red one only gets set up when things get serious.
“We call it the Rehab Tent,” Fire Chief Greg Jones said. “Some firefighters want to go, go, go when we’re out on a call. The tent provides all of us with a safe environment to get properly hydrated and rested, and ready to safely get back on the job.”
Council approved a short list of capital projects valued at just over $1.1 million and passed a motion to include the projects in the 2019-20 capital budget.
Town staff had recommended approving the projects now instead of waiting until the budget process was completed in order to ensure the town receives the best possible price and decrease the carryover of projects to the next fiscal year.
The projects include purchasing a new backhoe for the water department at a cost of $150,000, crosswalk lights for West Victoria St. ($10,000), and railway crossing improvements on Anson-Industrial Park ($54,785).