Town Council notes

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AMHERST - Amherst is entering into a cost-share agreement with the province to replace a pair of overhead flashing crosswalk lights on South Albion Street.
The new lights will be an upgrade from the existing eight-inch lights to 12 inches.
The province is recommending municipalities to upgrade the size of the flashing beacons.
The cost per unit is $3,000 plus labour.
Amherst has approved the lease for a 2009 John Deere backhoe leader from Wallace Equipment at a price of $1,292 plus taxes per month.
Atlantic Cat submitted the only other bid.
The lease on the existing 2004 Cat backhoe expires in January.
The total cost of the new lease is $102,500. Atlantic Cat's submission was $107,400.
Amherst is providing $500 to the Cumberland African Nova Scotia Association in support of its African Heritage Month celebrations.
The funding is being provided through the town's festival and events policy.
This year's African Heritage Month theme is celebrating 225 years of settlement in Cumberland County.
The launch will take place Jan. 29.
Amherst Town Council has denied a funding request from the Tantramar Seniors College, but will look for other ways to work with the organization.
The college, which offers courses for seniors in Amherst, Sackville, Port Elgin and Moncton, has 426 course registrations this year and was requesting $1,700 in funding to cover advertising, promotional and classroom costs for supporting and expanding activities in Amherst.
The funding request falls outside the town's grants to organizations policy, but the town is offering to work with the seniors college in promotional and advertising activities.

Organizations: Tantramar Seniors College, Amherst Town Council, Cumberland African Nova Scotia Association

Geographic location: AMHERST, South Albion Street, Cumberland County Port Elgin Moncton

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