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).
A centuries-old breakfast dish that combines eggs, bread and syrup will be all the rage in Amherst between March 28 and April 4 when the town celebrates French Toast Fest.
“When your town has an egg factory, a bread factory and the community is surrounded by sugar woods, it only makes sense to bring those ingredients together to celebrate one of the world’s most popular dishes,” Amherst Business Development Officer Rebecca Taylor said.
“We’ve got seven local chefs from seven local restaurants who have developed specialty French Toast recipes that they will add to their menus during the festival. We encourage people to take advantage of this culinary delight by visiting as many of the restaurants as they can."
Dwayne Pike, a 23-year member of the Amherst Police Department who has been acting as chief for nine months, is the town’s new police chief.
“Chief Pike’s extensive education, policing experience and demonstrated leadership abilities, as well as his intimate knowledge of the town, make him very well suited for the position,” Mayor David Kogon said on March 25, moments after Amherst town council confirmed Pike’s appointment.
“We are so pleased to be able to make this appointment from within. This speaks to the quality of the officers and staff who work at the Amherst Police Department and confidence that we as council have in them.
The Town of Amherst paid tribute to a fallen Truro firefighter when it lowered all its flags to half-mast on March 22.