Amherst town council rescinded its existing travel policy and adopted new expense reimbursement and hospitality policies during its Nov. 26 council session.
The changes bring the town in line with new provincial legislation that came into effect after expense irregularities were found in some Nova Scotia municipalities. The changes in provincial legislation required the town to establish separate expense and hospitality policies.
The expense policy prohibits the municipality from reimbursing expense claims for alcohol, identifies those who have the signing authority to reimburse expenses, sets out the rules for using corporate credit cards, outlines permitted expenses and the procedures for claiming them.
The Town of Amherst launched the festive season with a light up in Victoria Square and a Santa Claus parade. The town also hosted the Tree for Boston when it made its last stop in the province before heading to the American city. An annual present from the Province of Nova Scotia, it recognizes the assistance Boston gave Halifax follow the Halifax Explosion.
To see a photo essay of these events, click on the picture below and then scroll through the essay.
Mayor David Kogon has proclaimed Nov. 19-23 as Municipal Awareness Week in the Town of Amherst.
“Municipal government plays a vital role in providing services that enhance the quality of life for its citizens,” Kogon said, while signing the proclamation on Nov. 16. “Dedicated mayors, wardens, councillors and staff are essential for an active community. Active communities also require citizen involvement in order to be successful.
The recipients of the first-ever ‘A’ Fresh Start Community Initiative picked up their grants recently at Amherst town hall.
The Amherst Area Heritage Trust, received a cheque for $1,200, for its project – an Evening of Art and War.
The event, held in conjunction with the Nova Scotia Highlanders Museum, is being held at the Col. James Layton Ralston Armoury on Nov. 16 following Amherst’s annual Christmas Light Up.