With school back in session, so come the complaints of residents. Those living across the street from Mercyhurst University, near 37th and 38th streets, say at each start of the new year, their quiet neighborhoods become anything but.
"They walk up from Cornerstone, and especially in the warmer weather, it's like following the bread crumbs only they're beer cans to where they're going," said Don Kindle, who lives in a neighborhood with renters.
Parking and noise control are two other issues along with the trash brought up by Kindle and others at the Neighborhood Watch meeting on Monday.
Erie City Councilman Bob Merski lives in that neighborhood, and knows first hand just how disruptive those complaints can be. He and other city officials came out to the meeting.
"I think when you have that cooperation, good things can happen," said Merski. "We have to tap into that and see how we can use that to move forward."
Even the students from both Penn Behrend State and Mercyhurst University, came out to the meetings, offering up suggestions on way to curb the problems.
"Just establish communication with everybody in the neighborhood and maybe communication through the schools could possibly be set up so that the problems that are being had can be communicated directly to the students."
By making sure police and city legislatures are more aware of what's going on, holding landlords responsible and having students police themselves, Merski said the neighborhoods can, and will, be a better place for all to live.
"I think those three things can come together, we can have a really fantastic neighborhood," said Merski. "It's a good neighborhood right now, it could be a great neighborhood."
Merski said next month he is going to a state-wide meeting, with other college towns experiencing the same issues. He's hoping for some input from others to help the situation here.