The Town Gown Steering Committee met this afternoon, appropriately enough, in the "Amherst Room" on the tenth floor of the Campus Center, bringing together 22 committee members that reads like a "who's who" of heavy hitters.
Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy
And to top it off Chancellor Subbaswamy and Town Manager John Musante attended the inaugural meeting. Although the Chancellor left early with the parting comment, "May the Red Sox win, and may our students celebrate peacefully."
Co Chairs David Ziomek and Nancy Buffone (center)
The committee is charged with developing a Request For Proposals to hire a consultant (for $60,000 or less) who can create a blueprint for mutually beneficial action steps each partner can undertake to deal with growth and change.
Problems that need to be addressed include the creation of more (taxable) student housing, economic development and the quelling of rowdy student party houses in residential neighborhoods.
8 Qualifications for Town/Gown Consultant
The Committee will issue the RFP by December 1, review the proposals and interview finalist through January, and award the contract by February 1. Over the following three months the Committee will continue to meet and hold public forums with a completion date of May 1st for a new joint Master Plan.
This Steering Committee follows in the wake (with many of the same members) of the successful Safe & Healthy Neighborhoods Working Group that crafted a precedent setting Town Meeting approved (by super majority) "Rental Registration and Permit Bylaw" that goes into effect January 1st.