STORM SEWER RENEWAL - The storm sewer renewal project on Franklyn Street began on July 19, 2021. The work, which involves replacing the existing storm sewer and asphalt resurfacing of the street, is expected to take two to three weeks.
Traffic control will be in place while crews are on site. However, there will be times during the project that the area will be closed to through traffic, though local access will remain available to all residents of the street.
FLAGS AT HALF-MAST - The recent discovery of children’s remains at several sites of former residential schools across the country is shocking and traumatic.
The Town of Amherst, which acknowledges that it is located on the unceded, ancestral lands of the Mi’kmaw people, stands together with Indigenous communities across the country as we collectively mourn for these children and families.
Out of respect and in their honour, flags on town owned and operated properties have been lowered to half-mast and will remain there until further notice.
We urge our residents to reflect on this disturbing part of Canada’s history. We ask that you wear orange to show support for our Indigenous neighbours and please reach out to them to see how you can support them.
In addition, please take the initiative to further your own education and understanding about the disturbing role colonialism has played in Canada’s history.
Support is available for anyone who has been triggered by the latest reports through the 24-hour national Indian Residential Schools crisis line: 1-866-925-4419.
Community members interested in learning more about Truth and Reconciliation are encouraged to review the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action: http://trc.ca/
BEAR WARNING SIGNS BEING POSTED - The Department of Natural Resources will be posting "Bear in the Area" warning signs at entrances to the Marsh Trail, between Motor Avenue and Derby Street. While there have been no bear sightings on the marsh so far this year, the department anticipates the bear will return and they wish to be proactive by erecting the signs.
STRATEGIC PRIORITIES - The Amherst town council has released its strategic priorities. To read the priorities and the process taken to reach them, please go to: https://amherst.ca/strategic-initiatives.html
MASKS MANDATORY IN TOWN HALL - As announced by the Government of Nova Scotia on July 24 2020, masks will become mandatory in most indoor spaces, including Town Hall. This is effective July 31 2020. A full list of indoor public places and certain exemptions can be found on the Government of Nova Scotia website at: https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20200724004. Information about wearing a non-medical mask can be found at: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/staying-healthy/#masks
DECK CONSTRUCTION FORMS - Folks planning on building a deck are required to fill out a form detailing how the deck is to be constructed. The form should accompany the request for a building permit that is sent into the town. The forms for either a detached deck or an unattached deck can be found at: https://amherst.ca/building-inspection.html
CUMBERLAND BUSINESS CONNECTOR - The Cumberland Business Connector has the latest information for Cumberland region businesses on the the COVID-19 pandemic. The information can be found on their website: https://cumberlandbusinessconnector.ca
ORGANICS COLLECTION - The weekly collection of organics (green bins) within the boundaries of the Town of Amherst resumed on June. 28, 2021. Organics are to be placed curbside by 7 a.m.
TOWN HALL HOURS - Effective July 2, 2021, to Aug. 31, 2021, the Amherst town hall will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Due to COVID-19 protocols, a maximum of five customers are permitted inside the lobby at town hall at any one time. We ask that customers respect all public health guidelines including wearing a mask, personal hygiene and physical distancing. Customers are not permitted in offices, however appointments can be made to meet with staff by calling 902-667-3352.
OPERATING, CAPITAL BUDGETS - The report on the Town of Amherst’s 2021-22 general operating and capital budgets now be viewed online at https://www.amherst.ca/budgets.html. The Amherst Water Utility’s operating budget and capital budget are included in the report.