The number of people who are applying for a vacant seat on Erie City Council is back to 51.

It dropped to 50 on Monday when the city solicitor ruled that a Millcreek man did not meet the residency requirements for the office.

He planned to move to the city if he was chosen to fill the unexpired term for Bob Merski.

City laws mandate a person must have lived in the city for one year before serving on council.

The number of applicants jumped back to 51 on Tuesday when it was determined that Ralph Bizzarro would be added to the list.

Bizzarro apparently applied before Friday's deadline, but due to technical problems, his email did not reach the city clerk's office on time.