Just under $98,000 in Community Support and ‘A’ Fresh Start Initiative grants were handed out by the Town of Amherst on Wednesday, July 10, to 30 organizations that help make Amherst a great place to live, work and play.
“It is organizations like the ones here tonight that help to make the Town of Amherst a strong, caring community,” said Mayor David Kogon, who along with other members of council, handed out the grants.
“Amherst couldn’t function without these very active community organizations. Their work, whether with children or adults, is priceless to this community. Their incredible contribution is one of the main reasons this town can encourage others to see why we love it.”
The latest upgrade to the Lions Park on Hickman Street was officially opened on July 10 when officials from the Town of Amherst, Amherst Lions Club and Community Credit Union cut a ribbon in front of the new $105,000 washroom-changeroom facility.
The 16 x 24-foot building also houses an electrical room and a pump room for a future splashpad.
“We hope to do the splash pad next year,” Rubin Millard, chairman of the Lions Club’s park committee, said after the event, which also included a barbecue.
Amherst town council approved $29,489 in funding for the Cumberland Region Tourist strategy during a special session held on July 9.
The money is the town’s share of funding for the joint tourism project between Amherst, Cumberland County and the Town of Oxford that was approved by council earlier this spring. The goal of the strategy is to bring more tourists to the Cumberland region and to keep them here over longer periods of time.
For the second year in a row, the Town of Amherst and CUPE Local 1233 have agreed to extend their collective agreement by one year.
The contract extension to March 31, 2020, was formally signed by both parties during a ceremony that took place at Amherst town hall on July 9.