“Sorry for partying, bro,” responded a student as I handed him back the champagne bottle that he unsuccessfully tried to break in the middle of Greene St. He was dumbfounded that anyone cared enough to confront him about his apparent lack of judgement. After all, this, in his eyes, “was a college neighborhood,” and I, “just needed to accept it.” As a neighbor and your new city councilor, I refuse to accept these types of incredibly disrespectful acts which pose direct threats to our quality of life.
- UVM keeping a database of where students are living off campus and creating REAL consequences that matter to students. This may mean preventing students with noise violations from registering for classes until they complete community service in the neighborhood, parental notification, revocation of off campus living privileges, or, in extreme cases, expulsion. We may also want to require students attend a, “Good Neighbor” course that outlines their rights and responsibilities as tenants and neighbors before allowing them to move off-campus.
- Work with UVM to house more students on campus. The new Redstone Lofts project may provide some relief, but they can do more.
- Consistent UVM sponsored clean up days year round.
- Making sure that UVM continues its recent promise to invest UVM Police resources in dealing with off-campus student issues.
- Reexamining how density impacts student behavior. Specifically, several residents have asked that we revisit the issue of more than 4 unrelated adults sharing a rental unit in high density residential areas.
- Making sure that landlords establish expectations for neighborly conduct and are contacted when such expectations are violated.
- Keeping up with Code Enforcement to make sure that properties are safe and attractive.