Residents in Bloomfield packed a town council and said that they are sick of loud parties and trash in their communities because of a few disrespectful tenants who happen to be in fraternities at the University of Hartford.
Neighbors said all-night parties and non-stop noise from the people inside houses rented out by fraternities such as one on Cliffmount Drive are making their lives miserable.
"We believe the college students renting these properties need to be responsible neighbors, and they are not being responsible neighbors," said Lynette Grande of Bloomfield.
Many residents packed the town council Monday night as the council listened and then passed a nuisance party ordinance for any social gathering that's associated with the following items:
A written warning will be given for the first offense, $150 for a second offense and $250 for a third offense.
"I would have hoped that they heard the concerns of us living on Arnold, Cliffmount, etc., and that there would be more accountability on homeowners," said Robert Morisse of Bloomfield.
A University of Hartford spokesman told Eyewitness News that it has traditionally been a good neighbor and will support the town's efforts. The university added that students will be held to the university's code of conduct.
"It's a good start, but they definitely need to get more involved," said Barbara Reisner of Bloomfield.
The council will meet next month to talk about what else can be done to address neighbors' concerns. University officials told Eyewitness News that they will be involved every step of the way and neighbors say they will, too.
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