Amherst town coun­cil in brief

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Amherst con­sid­er­ing new flag pro­to­col

A new flag pro­to­col pol­icy is be­ing sug­gested for the Town of Amherst.

Staff, at coun­cil’s March 19 com­mit­tee- of- the- whole ses­sion, rec­om­mended send­ing a new flag pro­to­col pol­icy to coun­cil’s March 26 meet­ing for ap­proval.

The new pol­icy out­lines how flags will be flown when dis­played at town events or on flag poles owned by the town.

As an ex­am­ple, it says when a Cana­dian flag is dis­played on a speaker’s plat­form, it should be placed on a flag pole to the left from the point of view of the au­di­ence.

It also notes that when fly­ing with two other flags, the Cana­dian flag shall be dis­played in the cen­tre.

The pol­icy also in­di­cates when flags will be flown at half-staff and for how long.

It also in­cludes a list of those for whom the flag will be flown at half-staff.

It fur­ther notes the flag will be flown at half-mast yearly on April 28 in recog­ni­tion of the Day of Mourn­ing for Per­sons Killed or In­jured in the Work­place, Nov. 11 for Re­mem­brance Day and Dec. 6 for the Na­tional Day of Re­mem­brance and Ac­tion on Vi­o­lence Against Women.

Staff noted the pol­icy is in line with es­tab­lished flag eti­quette as de­fined by the fed­eral govern­ment.

The com­mit­tee of the whole ap­proved send­ing the pro­posed flag pro­to­col to its March 26 meet­ing for ap­proval.

Deer warn­ing sign on Lord Amherst Drive not war­ranted

Amherst Po­lice Chief Ian Nay­lor, the town’s traf­fic author­ity, in­formed coun­cil that he would not rec­om­mend the in­stal­la­tion of a deer warn­ing sign on Lord Amherst Drive.

Nay­lor said his de­ci­sion was reached af­ter he con­sulted with the provin­cial Trans­porta­tion and Nat­u­ral Re­sources de­part­ments and ex­am­in­ing the mo­tor ve­hi­cle col­li­sions on Lord Amherst Drive that showed deer were not in­volved in any col­li­sion on the road.

Work con­tin­ues on up­date of North Tyn­dal Well­field pro­tec­tion plan

Staff in­formed the com­mit­tee of the whole that a draft up­date of the North Tyn­dal Well­field source wa­ter pro­tec­tion plan has been pre­sented to the North Tyn­dal Well­field Ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee, which is rec­om­mend­ing the draft be sent to Amherst and Cum­ber­land County coun­cils for ap­proval.

How­ever, be­fore that is done, the plan is to hold a pub­lic in­for­ma­tion ses­sion in or­der to ob­tain the pub­lic’s in­put into the doc­u­ment.

No date has been set for the in­for­ma­tion ses­sion, but it is an­tic­i­pated the up­dated plan will be pre­sented to the two coun­cils in April.

Town ap­proaches Tesla

Staff in­formed the com­mit­tee of the whole that they have fol­lowed coun­cil’s in­struc­tion and con­tacted Tesla re­gard­ing the in­stal­la­tion of a Tesla rapid charg­ing sta­tion in Amherst.

A re­ply from Tesla in­di­cated the com­pany has re­ceived the town’s in­quiry and if it meets Tesla’s host­ing re­quire­ments, the com­pany will be in touch with more in­for­ma­tion.

Aca­dian mon­u­ment up­date

Staff re­ported dur­ing the com­mit­tee of the whole that they have con­tacted the Aca­dian Fed­er­a­tion of Nova Sco­tia, as directed by coun­cil, seek­ing fur­ther in­put and in­for­ma­tion with re­spect to the in­stal­la­tion of an Aca­dian mon­u­ment in the town.

The fed­er­a­tion, how­ever, in­di­cated the town should con­tact Parks Canada be­cause the town’s ini­tia­tive, which they sup­port, does not fall within their man­date.

Staff in­di­cated they have con­tacted Parks Canada and are hop­ing the fed­eral agency will be able to of­fer guid­ance.

Amend­ments to in­ter-mu­nic­i­pal emer­gency ser­vices agree­ment rec­om­mended

Town staff rec­om­mended the com­mit­tee of the whole send amend­ments to the in­ter-mu­nic­i­pal emer­gency ser­vices agree­ment the town has with other mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in Cum­ber­land County to coun­cil’s March 26 meet­ing.

Staff noted the agree­ment to pro­vide mu­tual aid and emer­gency man­age­ment ser­vices was es­tab­lished in 2013 when the towns of Springhill and Parrs­boro ex­isted.

Those two towns are now part of Cum­ber­land County, re­sult­ing in the need an amend­ment that es­tab­lishes a new gov­er­nance model that would see Cum­ber­land County with three vot­ing mem­bers, Amherst two and Ox­ford one.

An­other amend­ment amends the costs shar­ing for­mula as it re­lates to the Re­gional Emer­gency Man­age­ment Or­ga­ni­za­tion, which would see Cum­ber­land County in­crease its share of op­er­a­tional costs due to the fact Springhill and Parrs­boro are now part of the county.

The amend­ments are rec­om­mended by the Re­gional Emer­gency Man­age­ment Or­ga­ni­za­tion Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee and would go into ef­fect on June 1 if they are ap­proved by Amherst, Ox­ford and Cum­ber­land County coun­cils.

The amend­ments have no fi­nan­cial im­pli­ca­tions for the town.

The com­mit­tee of the whole ap­proved send­ing the amend­ments to coun­cil’s March 26 meet­ing for ap­proval.

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