UMass to meet with town representatives to address issues

The Town-Gown Steering Committee will meet from 4 to 6 Thursday night

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – UMass Amherst is said to be its own small city, but it is, really, part of the Town of Amherst. 22News found out how the University and town plan to work together in a new way.

It’s all an effort to ensure mutual success in living, working and studying in Amherst.

Thursday night, UMass and town representatives will meet with a consultant to draft joint plants on addressing key issues in town.

Many residents won’t soon forget parties like Blarney Blowout right outside their window. They say these college parties are ruining their property value and are annoying. Others say Amherst is so diverse and cultural because of what the many different types of students offer to their community.

Amanda Wassernan of Amherst told 22News, “If they feel like they know Amherst, and they feel ownership of the Town, they’ll respect it more, so I’m highly, highly, interested in having the students do internships and volunteer hours and getting to know the Town.”

The Town-Gown Steering Committee will meet from 4 to 6 Thursday night. It will be held at the UMass Police Department Community Room and is open to the public.

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