Amherst news

Health officer remembered

AMHERST ­– Selectmen observed a moment of silence at their Aug. 4 meeting for Dr. James Starke, who died last month at age 85. Starke, a dermatologist, was Amherst’s health officer for more than 40 years and also served as president of the Amherst Historical Society during a time when the Wigwam Museum and the Concord Coach were purchased.


EMS director Gleason resigns

Town Administrator Jim O’Mara told selectmen last week that Emergency Medical Services Director Brian Gleason and Finance Director Paul Hebert have submitted their resignations.

Selectmen accepted both resignations with regret and appreciation for their service.


Grant to fund trucks, sidewalks

AMHERST ­ The town will receive a federal grant that will allow it to replace a fire department pumper truck. Town Administrator Jim O’Mara told selectmen last week

that the grant amounts to $325,000, of which the town will receive $308,750 and will need to match $16,250. There will be a public hearing on accepting the grant Aug. 25.

And Public Works Director Bruce Berry has sent a letter of intent to the state Department of Transportation for a grant for approximately 4,785 feet of five-foot wide sidewalk on Jones Mack Hill and New Boston and Manchester roads. The project is estimated to cost $200,000, and the town will be requesting 80 percent reimbursement.


Board to review cemetery finances

AMHERST ­ – In early September, selectmen will review and vote on a ‘memorandum of understanding” on the Cemetery Trustees’ finances.

Brad Galinson, selectmen’s liaison to the trustees, told the board last week that representatives from the Trustees of the Trust Funds, the town finance office, Cemetery Trustees and citizens at large researched and debated finance issues. The memorandum can be read on the town website.

Cemetery funding issues, including who pays for cemetery maintenance, came under scrutiny last year during the controversy over use of Cemetery Fields. Trustees said all recreational use of the Merrimack Road fields must end Sept. 1 so they can begin developing a new burial site.