AMHERST – A veteran Amherst town councillor is seeking his fourth term in October’s municipal election.
Terry Rhindress, who was first elected in 2000, said there are a number of things he wants to see completed in the next few years and wants to remain on town council to see them through.
“I’m very pleased with what we have managed to accomplish as a team over the last few years. The town has come a long way,” Rhindress said. “We still have a lot of work to do to see Amherst continue its growth.”
Rhindress said he would like to see more done to promote Amherst as a tourist destination. The town, he said, needs to work with the province to entice tourists into the community, instead of getting back on the Trans-Canada Highway after they leave the Visitor Information Centre.
He said the town, with help from the province and federal governments, has invested a lot of money in the downtown through the Centre First project, while a lot of paving has been completed and new sidewalks built.
Rhindress also said he would like to see at least one more major employer set up in the industrial park. Small business, he added, is also a major backbone of the community and he’s looking forward to seeing a number of businesses expand.
One the biggest issues to him are the continued delays with construction of West Highlands School. The school was promised during the last election campaign and announced in December 2010 by Premier Darrell Dexter.
“I’m really hoping it will be announced any day now,” he said. “I had a dream that the Lions Park would be the perfect location for the school and the town agreed. The area really needs the school and hopefully they will make it happen soon.”
He is also hoping to see work continued on repairing the rail crossings in town. He said CN started the work a few years ago, but has slowed down this year with not much work being done.
Rhindress is also looking forward to the town moving ahead with its upgrade and restoration to Dickey Brook. He said a number of residents at the lower end of the brook have expressed concern with the brook’s condition.