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RECREATION PANEL TO MULL AMHERST RESIDENCY RULE

The Amherst Recreation Commission will consider complaints about its rule requiring youths in leagues playing in town facilities to live in Amherst.

The new rule went into effect Jan. 1. Directors of baseball, hockey, soccer and football leagues objected to the new requirements at Wednesday's commission meeting.

Directors said most of their leagues and clubs draw children from the various school districts in Amherst, and some school districts' boundaries go beyond the town.

"If they can't play ball together next year it's going to be hard to tell them," said one baseball league representative.

"We will consider it, and I'm sure it will be on our next agenda," said commission chairman Patrick Rimar.

The commission's next meeting is Feb. 20.

"Right now, we're having a problem of overcrowding," Jeff Bloom, town recreation director, said.

League and club officials suggested the commission reconsider its Nov. 21 vote on residency and allow youths living in the boundaries of the town or the Williamsville, Amherst or Sweet Home school districts.

"The Town of Amherst Recreation Commission might wish to consider a user fee for those participants who are residents of Williamsville, Amherst or Sweet Home school districts but are not residents of the Town of Amherst," said Art Jaspe, executive vice president of the Amherst Soccer Association.

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