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Citizens consider compromise school plan

The compromise plan to build one new elementary school, with significant state assistance, got its first public airings Wednesday. While many people see this compromise as the best option, educationally and financially, a small group of opponents also attended. You may recall that two years ago, Town Meeting killed a voter-approved plan to build two new elementary schools at the Wildwood site. They would have replaced Wildwood and Fort River, which are well past their sell-by dates and architecturally backward. Opponents gave two reasons: they wanted to keep the three-school model and didn’t like the proposal to make Crocker Farm …

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Parking questions for Council to consider

Many people drive into downtown Amherst and look for a place to park. But few of them understand all the complexities of the town’s parking policies. I will try to briefly explain them here, while posing some questions that the Town Council will be seeking answers to. A parking consultant will be gathering data this spring and making a report to the Council. This report will help the Council determine if there is enough supply of parking spaces to meet the demand, and whether the system needs tweaking. Is the current system of parking fees, time limits and enforcement hours …