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The video of the Town Board meeting from Wednesday March 25, 2020 has been uploaded to the Town website and is now available for viewing. Please click the link below to view this and other Town Board agendas, minutes, and meeting videos.

Erie County, NY Department of Health: Coronavirus Information


All Town of Amherst Board and Committee meetings (with the exception of the Town Board) will be cancelled for 30 days through April 14, 2020 or until further notice. In addition, Amherst Town Hall at 5583 Main Street is closed to the public and public access will be by appointment only.

  • Town Clerk: 716-631-7021 - 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM (until further notice)
  • Assessor: 716-631-7038
  • Building Department: 716-631-7080
  • Planning Department: 716-631-7051
  • Purchasing/Contracts: 716-631-7007
  • Bids: 716-631-7007
  • Human Resources: 716-631-7025

For all other appointment requests, please call 716-631-7013 or 716-631-7032.

Town of Amherst Courts and Village of Williamsville Courts

All non-essential Town and Village of Williamsville court functions have been POSTPONED and all Town and Village Court buildings are CLOSED. Please see this Press Release for details

Bid Openings

Town of Amherst bid openings will be live streamed and recorded. The public will not be allowed to attend bid openings in person. Please see the links below for either the live stream or recordings. All bids are due according to their published times. The bid openings for Tue., March 23, 2020 will begin at 12:30 PM.

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2020 Decorative Treatment for Traffic Signal Cabinets Initiative

The overall theme for the Town of Amherst Arts & Culture in Public Places (ACPP) Board arts initiatives is: Beautiful Amherst

Traffic Box Theme: Amherst is Arts & Culture

Approval of Color Design Specifics:

Approval of the design is required by the Town of Amherst Arts & Culture in Public Places (ACPP) Board. This is to ensure compliance with New York State requirements for permitting as well as that our community’s values are being upheld. Since receiving the permit is subject to approval of the artist’s preliminary drawing, the deadline for submitting a drawing in color or black and white with a description of the colors to be employed to the board for approval has been extended to Friday, April 24.

Final Selection of the Artists:

Artists must be at least 18 years old. All submissions received will be reviewed, and finalists will be selected by the ACPP Board. Our goal is to paint 6 to 12 traffic boxes in 2020.

Do's and Don'ts and Regulations:

Below is a summary of the Do’s and Don’ts as well as the NYS Department of Transportation TSMI 16-04 regulations. Please make sure to read these regulations. All artwork and subsequent painting of the boxes must be in compliance with these regulations. Review of these requirements will be discussed in an informational meeting which will be held in June/July. Participation in this meeting is required of all selected artists.

  • Park private vehicle away from intersection
  • Clean cabinet prior to painting.
  • Use caution and think safety first. Avoid standing or sitting along curb line.
  • Apply paint in a quality manner and clean up accidental spills, drips, and messy edges.
  • Use drop cloths and masking when needed.
  • Clean up and dispose of paint in an appropriate manner
  • Remove all materials and equipment from site after installation is complete
  • Post a WET PAINT sign with flagging* when leaving the site after painting
  • Share purpose and passion with residents and children who inquire.
  • If residents have questions, they may be referred to Chris at the Engineering Department at 631-7154.

* Stakes and flagging may be provided upon request

  • Do not block intersection sight lines with supplies, tents, and umbrellas among others
  • Do not block pedestrian access routes (sidewalks)
  • Do not install private signage for promotional purposes
  • Do not paint any part of the pole. Paint on the cabinet box only.
  • Artwork cannot interfere with function of cabinet. Paint cannot be applied where it would interfere with:
  • Ventilation / Air vents
  • Locks, Hinges, Labels
  • Keyhole and keyhole covers
  • Photo-control windows
  • Do not interfere with stenciled identification numbers and warning labels
  • Do not use spray paint, airbrushes, or other spraying methods
  • Do not use retro-reflective paint
  • Do not add any 3D art or other additions to the cabinet that will protrude from existing equipment
  • Do not store supplies and equipment on location when you are off-site


Paint and Brushes:

We'll provide the paint - Rustoleum brand - an oil-based enamel as well as mixing cups and roller paint tray(s). This will include the primary colors, black, white and paint thinner for cleanup.

Each artist will be provided with one can of each color (32 fl. oz.). If additional paint is required, please let us know. Once the box is completed, the artist should return the left-over paint and paint thinner for usage by another artist.

We will also provide “wet paint” signs and yellow caution tape with stakes for you to use while you are working on painting your Traffic Box.

We're assuming artists will supply their own brushes.

Drop Cloths, Blue Tape and Rags:

We will supply these items. Please return any items that can be reused.

Preparation of the Boxes:

We will be prepping the boxes for you, including priming, making them ready to paint. Each artist
should perform any cleaning/washing of the box prior to painting.

Timing of Actual Painting:

The temperature must be above 50 degrees F and humidity below 85%. Therefore June, July and August are prime painting months. Once painting of the box is begun, it is expected the artist will complete painting of the box within a reasonable time period, as weather permits. The box will not be left incomplete for lengthy periods unless there is inclement weather.

Clean up:

Artists are responsible for the daily clean-up of the site as well as at the completion of the project.

Marketing and Publicity:

We have created a website for this initiative. We like to provide a photo gallery of the process, from start to finish. Therefore, we request artists take photos of the painting process (or at the beginning of each painting day) and provide these photos to the ACPP Board (amherstpaintedboxes@gmail.com) so that we can upload them to the website for public viewing. Along with the photo gallery of the painting process, the artists are to provide a short biography as well as any commentary concerning the creation process or the inspiration for your art design.


$100 for painting the assigned Traffic Box as outlined in this form, regardless of the number of artists participating in painting of the assigned box.

If you are chosen to paint one of the 2020 Traffic Boxes, to receive payment of the honorarium, the following must have been received and approved by a representative of the Board:

  • Sign this form confirming your understanding and agreement of participating and abiding with the project requirements outlined in this form and the NYS Dept of Transportation TSMI 16-04 regulations (attached).
  • Provide the project timeline photos, bio, and Artist’s commentary write-up.
  • From the ACPP Board, receive satisfactory completion notification of this project.
  • Complete the W9 and Vendor information form (will be provided later).
  • Provide an invoice, which must be approved by the designated ACPP Board Member.

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The Town of Amherst was established in 1818 and celebrated its 200th Anniversary in 2018. The town has a geographical area of 53.6 square miles and a population of greater than 122,000.

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