By SCOTT MERZBACH
Monday, February 29, 2016
AMHERST — In Fort Collins, Colorado, off-campus students at Colorado State University and city residents can register parties they intend to hold on Fridays and Saturdays and holidays popular for gatherings, such as St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween and New Year’s Eve.
For those whose parties make so much noise that neighbors are bothered by the decibel level, being enrolled in this registration program can be the difference between getting a courtesy call from the city’s emergency dispatchers — allowing the party hosts to bring their event under control on their own — and being paid a visit by officers who might deliver a costly noise ticket.
With Amherst continuing to face quality-of-life issues related to University of Massachusetts students living in off-campus housing, town and university officials are discussing launching a similar pilot program in the fall.