Amherst town council has agreed to enter into a five-year lease agreement with Birkinshaw’s Tea Room, Coffee House and Restaurant that will enable the restaurant to open an outdoor patio for their customers on town-owned park land.
The agreement was approved by council at its May 28 session. It will see Birkinshaw’s rent a portion of the park space at 12 Havelock St. for the outdoor patio that will be similar to those provided by Bella’s Café and Bistro and Duncan’s Pub.
Under the terms of the agreement Birkinshaw’s will be responsible for maintenance of the leased area and will pay a rent of $492 annually.
The Town of Amherst hopes its Active Transportation Plan will get residents moving.
“The goal of the plan is to promote cycling and walking by providing an efficient and effective network of interconnected and continuous cycling and pedestrian routes, which link neighbourhoods and major destinations,” Mayor David Kogon said after council approved the plan at its May 28 council session.
The plan has been in the works since 2013. It will be implemented over the next five years at a cost of about $859,150.
Amherst town council has taken the first step towards one of its strategic priorities - an in-depth study on the cost of policing in Amherst.
"Council is doing its due diligence on one of the town's major cost drivers," Mayor David Kogon said May 28, after council approved the terms of reference for the two-phase study.
The first phase includes reviewing the Amherst Police Department from an internal perspective. It will provide the information necessary for council to determine whether to proceed to the second phase.
The Town of Amherst and CUPE Local 1233 have agreed to extend their contract by one year.
The contract extension to March 31, 2019, was formally ratified during a signing ceremony that took place at Amherst town hall on May 24.