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.”
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.
Tidbits from Amherst town council’s December sessions
Amherst is coming to the aid of the Cumberland County Transportation Services Society.
At its regular council session on Dec. 18, Amherst town council approved a $5,000, one-time grant that will help the society purchase a bus that will be used to provide door-to-door service to clients who have doctor and other appointments.
The society recently saw its fleet of vehicles reduced to three from five.
Town fears for future of VIA Rail station project
AMHERST, Nova Scotia – The Town of Amherst is fearful a proposal that would save a historic downtown building could be slipping away.
“It’s just taking so long to get completed,” Mayor David Kogon said of the plan to revitalize the century-old VIA Rail station.
“The private partner we have for this project has been waiting a long time and he can’t wait forever.”
Amherst takes another step towards dual-stream recycling
Another step towards dual-stream recycling was taken by Amherst town council during its regular monthly meeting on Dec. 18 when it approved the first reading of amendments to its solid waste bylaw.
The amendments will require residents to sort their recyclables into two streams – container recyclables and fibre recyclables.