Amherst town council committee of the whole briefs

Amherst town council has authorized its staff to call for tenders on three properties that did not sell during a tax sale in December. The properties are at 3 Fullerton St., 26 Park St. and 23½  West Pleasant St.

All of the properties had dangerous and unsightly premises charges applied to them as a result of orders from the town. All three also had buildings removed by the town when the owners refused to clean up their properties.

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The Town of Amherst presented the United Way of Cumberland County with a $1,000 cheque on Jan. 9 in support of the charity’s Festival of Trees.

“It’s an honour to give this cheque to an organization that does so much to help area residents,” Mayor David Kogon said, as he handed the cheque to United Way president Dave March.

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Town, VIA Rail reach tentative deal to save historic Amherst train station

VIA Rail and the Town of Amherst have reached a tentative deal that will breathe new life into the town’s historic rail station.

“We’ve received a draft agreement from VIA and council will be taking steps within the next two weeks to seal the deal,” Mayor David Kogon said Jan. 9.

“We have to give VIA kudos for responding so quickly to the concerns we expressed last week that it was dragging on too long. We are looking forward to proceeding with this win-win project that will benefit the town via the revitalization of the VIA Rail station and while facilitating the expansion of a local business.”

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The Mayor, council and staff of the Town of Amherst wish to extend sincere condolences to the family of our CAO Greg Herrett for the loss of his sister Lori Herrett-Power.  Lori battled leukemia and passed away early Monday.  Our thoughts and prayers are with their families at this difficult time.

Amherst hosting Atlantic Canada Forest Health Workshop

Some of Atlantic Canada’s top researchers will be in Amherst to discuss the health of the region’s forests during an Atlantic Canada Forest Health Workshop that begins on Jan. 16.

“The workshop, while directed at federal, provincial and municipal foresters, is free and open to anyone. It is a forum in which the forest health issues of concern to the Atlantic Provinces are addressed,” Chelsea Baird, a horticulturist for the Town of Amherst and a presenter at the workshop, said.

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