FLAGS FLYING AT HALF-MAST - In recognition of the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, the flags on Town of Amherst owned and operated facilities have been lowered to half-mast.
TAX SALE - The Town of Amherst will hold a tax sale on Tuesday, May 11, 2021. For more information, please check below:
PUBLIC HEARING – Wednesday, April 14, 2021 – 5:00 p.m. – The Town of Amherst will be holding a virtual PublicHearing for first reading of the following two applications:
1. Development Agreement Application – 11 Victor Avenue – An application for a development agreement at 11 Victor Avenue (PID #25033598) that would allow for a garden suite within the existing accessory building.
2. Development Agreement Application – 15 Clinton Street – An application for an amendment to an existing development agreement at 15 Clinton Street (PID#25040395) that would allow the interior conversion of an existing 3-unit dwelling to four units.
A virtual Public Hearing will be held on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. via Zoom.
Individuals wishing to take part in the Public Hearing can do so in two ways:
Council will hear submissions supporting or opposing the above development agreements, followed by an opportunity for questions and comments.
COVID-19 VACCINATION UPDATE - Anyone 70 and older can now book their COVID-19 vaccine appointment.
Starting today, April 1, people can book appointments at community clinics and participating pharmacies across the province. They are offering Moderna or Pfizer vaccine for this age range. The complete list of clinics can be found on the booking site.
Starting Tuesday, April 6, people who are 55 to 64 will be able to book appointments to receive AstraZeneca vaccine at participating physician and pharmacy clinics. This is within the age range recommended by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization. The complete list of clinics will be posted on the booking site on April 6.
All Nova Scotians are encouraged to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as they are eligible. The province's goal continues to be to immunize as many Nova Scotians as quickly as possible, based on age, to reach a high rate of population immunity.
COVID-19 vaccination appointments must be made at https://www.novascotia.ca/vaccination or by calling 1-833-797-7772. Appointments cannot be booked directly through a community clinic, pharmacy or physician. Walk-ins will be turned away.
COVID-19 vaccine: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/vaccine
Rural Transportation Association: http://ruralrides.ca
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
SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY - Divert NS has seven Grade 12 scholarships to be awarded – one to each Solid Waste Region.
For the application information – please use this link. https://divertns.ca/assets/files/2021-Champion-of-the-Environment-Scholarship.pdf
Qualifications requirements - Grade 12 student in Nova Scotia, who has demonstrated a commitment to the environment.
The entry must include:
Deadline for submissions is Sunday, May 2, 2021, by midnight.
WALKING TRACK HOURS EXTENDED - The Town of Amherst has further increased the time the walking track at the Amherst Stadium is open to the public.
The walking track will now be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, with the exception of when paid activities, such as an Amherst Rambler Jr. A hockey game, is taking place at the stadium.
Walkers no longer have to preregister, but they will still have to provide contact information in case contract tracing is required and physical distancing must still be followed. Current provincially mandated COVID-19 protocols also limit the number of walkers on the track to 25 at any one time.
The town is also now able to offer public skating. To see when the public skates have been scheduled, please go to: https://amherst.ca/stadium-calendar.html.
The current COVID-19 protocols limit the number of skaters on the ice at any one time to 60.
WINTER PARKING REGULATIONS - The public is advised that Winter Parking Regulations will be in effect in the Town of Amherst from Nov. 15, 2020, until April 15, 2021.
The Regulations state that:
No owner or driver or person having control or custody of any vehicle, shall between the 15th day of November A.D. 2020 and the 15th day of April A.D. 2021, park or leave standing the same upon any highway or street in the Town of Amherst between the hours of 12:00 o’clock midnight and the hour of 7:00 o’clock in the morning of the same day.
No owner or driver or person having control or custody of any vehicle shall between the 15th day of November A.D. 2020 and the 15th day of April A.D. 2021, park or leave the same standing and unattended by a person authorized to move or capable of operating the same upon any highway or street in the Town of Amherst in such manner as to hinder, inconvenience or prevent the proper removal of snow or ice from such highway or street.
And further that:
It shall be an offence for any person to fail to comply with these regulations and any such person shall be liable to a penalty provided by Section 293 of the Motor Vehicle Act.
The fine is currently $50.00
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