UMASS Amherst just signed a new agreement with the Town of Hadley.
A good portion of UMASS is in Hadley and because of that, the town will receive an annual payment of $60,000. The town of Hadley and UMASS straightened their relationship, by signing a cooperation agreement, that will address public safety.
One- third of UMASS is in Hadley, which has a population of 5,000 people. Nearly 30,000 students attend UMass.
According to Town Administrator David Nixon, 60-percent of Hadley’s residents are associated with the university, in some way. Whether through enrollment, employment, or services.
The university will provide an additional $14,300 to buy another Radar Speed Sign and community board, like this one on Route 9.
The money will also pay for two new defibrillators for emergency responders.
“Proud to have a third of its campus in Hadley,” Nixon told 22News.
Hadley provides transportation, emergency officials, and general support to UMASS. The agreement will last until December 31, 2020, but Nixon is optimistic it will be extended.
“As long as there’s a Town of Hadley, and as long as there’s a University of Massachusetts, we’re going to be joined at the hip,” said Nixon. It’s in our collective interest to do that.”
The university and town officials have also agreed to meet several times a year.
Nixon told 22News, the university provides stability and makes the town recession proof.