New police facility key part of Amherst’s capital budget

Darrell Cole
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Water budget includes Maccan water project

AMHERST – Amherst has made a little history, passing its capital budget much earlier than ever before.

The town brought down its $5.48-million capital budget and $2.8-million water utility budget during council’s January session on Monday.

The town’s general capital budget for 2014-15 includes $3 million for a new police facility, $200,000 to demolish the existing West Highland Elementary and $181,836 for an enhanced gymnasium at the new West Highlands being built on the former Lions Park property.

Funding for the capital budget will come from capital from revenue ($539,000), gas tax funding ($786,200), long-term debt ($2.5 million), reserves ($708,000), carry over items ($533,974), provincial grants ($200,0000 and fundraising ($146,436).

The fundraising line will be the proceeds of the gym enhancement capital campaign being undertaken by the West Highlands school advisory council.

The budget includes $469,000 to rebuild Eddy Street to include paving, curbing and sanitary and storm sewer, and $120,000 for paving South Adelaide from Victoria to Prince Arthur, Hebert Street from Victoria to Dale, and both Maitland and Heron Drive once they get to 50 per cent occupancy.

The town also plans to spend $230,000 on sidewalks, including $25,200 for a new sidewalk on Croft Street and $155,000 for a sidewalk on South Albion Street from Robert Angus Drive to the town boundary. That represents the town’s share of the joint project to extend the sidewalk from Amherst to the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre. The county is re-evaluating its share of the project after a request for proposals came in much higher than expected.

Amherst has also carried over funding to move its sewage treatment outfall to the other side of the aboiteau and plans to purchase a new police cruiser and a backup generator for the Dominion Public Building.

A study on the long-term uses of the Robb Complex is also budgeted for the 2014-15 fiscal year. It also plans to spend $30,000 to clean the stonework on the outside of the Dominion Public Building.

The utility’s capital budget includes $2.6 million for the extension of town water to Maccan – the cost of which will be recouped from the Municipality of Cumberland.

The town also approved in principle, capital budget plans for 2015-16 ($4.48 million), 2016-17 ($4 million), 2017-18 ($2.57 million) and 2018-19 ($3.2 million).

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Organizations: West Highlands school, Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre

Geographic location: Amherst, Maccan, Victoria Lions Park Eddy Street Prince Arthur Hebert Street Croft Street South Albion Street Cumberland

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