62 Summer Street, North Amherst
This time we have a repeat offender, although the first offense was 18 months ago so the new regulations being promulgated by the Safe & Healthy Neighborhood Working Group would not kick in.
The SHFNG will put forth a rental registration permit system so that a property attracting multiple noise or nuisance tickets over the course of a year could not only bring a $300 fine to the owner, but also the loss of their rental permit.
The current Noise/Nuisance by-law already has a provision for fining a landlord on the 3rd offense in a calender year and Chief Livingstone recently told the Amherst Zoning Board that it was sure to happen this Spring, as some of the usual suspects have two violation each.
But when the new rental registration/permit system goes into effect, the town will have f-a-r bigger and f-a-r sharper teeth to enforce the peace.
Amherst police responded to a call for "four to five gunshots in the area" of North Amherst just after midnight early Sunday morning. Upon arriving at 62 Summer Street "Loud music and yelling heard." The gunshots turned out to be fireworks.
Although, tenants were -- for the most part -- cooperative, police did make one arrest:
Colin Murphy, 24 Eden Street, Charlestown, MA, age 19 for Disorderly Conduct, and using a False Liquor ID card.