Bird wants to continue town’s momentum

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Seeking second term on Amherst council

Robert Bird is seeking re-election to Amherst town council.

AMHERST – When he arrived on Amherst town council in 2008, Robert Bird had a lot of ideas.

Now that many of those have been implemented – including a new skate park beside the Amherst Stadium – Bird wants to return to council to continue the momentum the town has made in recent years.

“We still have work to do, that’s why I’m running again,” Bird said. “It’s amazing how quickly four years can go by and it’s amazing how long it takes to get things done.”

Bird, a certified financial planner, said Amherst has accomplished much over the past four years including the Centre First Downtown Action Strategy, the Lions skate park, the revitalization of Dickey Park and the creation of the Amherst Youth Town Council.

“The goal is to make Amherst a more attractive place to live, work and do business,” he said. “I think we have done a lot to accomplish that but by no means are we there yet.”

Bird said he would like to see the town do more to promote itself and the assets it has, including a renovated stadium, new schools, the regional hospital and the YMCA. He’s also hoping to see that list of assets grow with a new turf field for soccer and football.

He’s pleased with the creation of the new downtown business advisory committee and hopes to see addition economic development. He also wants to see the town hold the line on taxes so there’s more money for people to spend in the community.

Bird also wants to see the town spend more money to support local contractors as opposed to hiring those from outside the area. He’s hoping for changes to the Atlantic procurement agreement that will allow municipal units such as Amherst to spend more money locally.

While he’s pleased with the new skate park and improvements to Dickey Park, Bird wants to see the creation of a youth drop-in centre.

“Not everyone plays sports in this community. I think we need a place where youth can go and feel comfortable,” Bird said. “It would be a place they could go and just be kids.”

dcole@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Amherst Youth Town Council, YMCA

Geographic location: Amherst Stadium, Dickey Park

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  • TRANSLATION
    September 27, 2012 - 15:35

    "I couldn't get the Conservative nomination, so I'm tossing my hat back into the municipal ring for another mediocre four years." Looking back on the past four years, a person wants to say "wheres the beef" to Mr. Bird. I think he had something to do with the skate park, but I'm at a loss to name anything else he's done. someone correct me if i'm wrong.

    • Robert Bird
      October 18, 2012 - 00:42

      Dear Translation, if that is your real name, "the beef" is found on You Tube... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkrW20zeIwM In case the link doesn't work, go to You Tube and search "Robert Bird Amherst"..."there's the beef". VOTE BIRD on October 20th. Thank you.

  • No Way
    September 27, 2012 - 08:49

    No way am i paying for a turf for soccer and football with my taxes. Let's see how the YMCA handles itself before we start spending money on stuff we really dont need. Soccer can be played on grass so turf for a small football group? Get real here.

    • Multi Purpose Field User
      September 27, 2012 - 20:33

      Public funds/municipal tax dollars have neither been requested nor committed. Also, in the long run it is much cheaper and would be utilised by many, many user groups with economic spinoffs to the area. By the way, our minor soccer programs don't have an adequate facility, actually they use borrowed land.