Chancellor Subbaswamy addresses Amherst Town Meeting
Schmoozing with town officials just prior to town meeting start
But the real goal is to enhance relations between the town citizenry and UMass students, and that's going to take some work. And you don't build something solid and workable without planning.
The motion to spend $60,000 for the joint study, split evenly between UMass and the town, easily passed by a recorded tally vote 122-46.
UMass & Town officials huddle during tally vote count
The overwhelming nature of the vote sends a positive signal about the most controversial and most important article of this entire town meeting -- probably in a generation -- Article #29, Residential Rental Property Bylaw, which brings a permit system to the lucrative rental business.
A market driven by the presence of so very many students. That article comes up May 20.