By Darrell Cole
Amherst Daily News
AMHERST - Saying there a lot of good things just over the horizon, Amherst deputy mayor Terry Rhindress is set to seek a third term on town council.
"I have really enjoyed my previous two terms and hope the people will give me a third," said Rhindress, the former head of the Cumberland District Labour Council.
"I feel I have worked hard for the people of Amherst and would like to continue doing so on council."
Rhindress, 58, was first elected in 2000 after several unsuccessful runs at a council seat.
Since he was first elected, Rhindress has worked to have railway crossings fixed on Victoria Street and Hickman/Chamberlain streets as well as in the industrial park at on Erncliffe Avenue.
More recently, he called on the town to develop a bylaw covering vacant buildings in the downtown core and it's something he would like to see the town continue working on.
"We have a number of empty buildings downtown that need to be addressed," Rhindress said. "We can't have downtown revitalization if we have vacant buildings that are allowed to fall into disrepair."
Rhindress said the former police station on the corner of LaPlanche and Victoria is just one example of the state of these buildings. He fears it might have to be torn down before there's any chance to fix it up.
He feels fixing the downtown would be a huge step in enhancing community pride.
"We have had a lot of good things happening in Amherst in the last few years. There are new jobs in the industrial park and there is new opportunity. I would like to be part of that," he said, adding Amherst continues to have high quality water and close proximity to Moncton.
Rhindress, who recently retired from the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board, is pleased with the renovations to the Amherst Stadium and is hoping to see Dickey Park revitalized.
He would also like to see a skateboard park built for young people to practice their hobby.
By Darrell Cole