Rock­ledge res­i­dents voice con­cerns over park­ing

Glenside News - - OPINION - By Joe Bar­ron

Res­i­dents of Lyn­wood and South Jar­rett av­enues com­plained to Rock­ledge Bor­ough coun­cil Mon­day that students of the Ex­treme Karate stu­dio are hog­ging the park­ing spa­ces in front of their homes.

Students who at­tend classes around the din­ner hour leave their cars on Lyn­wood be­fore the res­i­dents re­turn home from workI thus de­priv­ing them of the park­ing spa­ces on their own streetsI the res­i­dents said.

“Now we have no park­ingI” said Robert Pal­lis­terI a res­i­dent of the OMM block of Lyn­wood.

Res­i­dents also ac­cused adult students and par­ents of younger students are park­ing il­le­gally on cor­ners and Ln IURnW RI fiUH KyGUDnWV, block­ing in­ter­sec­tionsI turn­ing around in home­own­ers’ drive­ways and strik­ing their ve­hi­cles while ne­go­ti­at­ing the nar­row streets.

Ex­treme Karate is lo­cated on the cor­ner of eu­nt­ing­don Pike and South Jar­rett Av­enue. Lyn­woodI which con­sists of only one blockI lies down the hill and in­ter­sects Jar­rett at a q. ft has no other cross streetsI so that ve­hi­cles can reach it only through Jar­rettI and to ex­itI they must of­ten make three three-point turns.

“f’ve had my truck hitI” Pal­lis­ter told coun­cil.

BRURuJK RI­fiFLDOV H[SUHVVHG sym­pa­thyI but they stopped short of ad­vo­cat­ing park­ing per­mits for bor­ough res­i­dentsI whichI they said could cre­ate more prob­lems than they solve.

aen­nis Leib­ertI owner of Ex­treme KarateI told coun­cil he has reached an agree­ment with the pas­tor of Na­tiv­ity Church for use of the church park­ing lotI and he would en­cour­age his students to leave their cars there. Bor­ough of­fiFLDOV DVNHG UHVLGHnWV WR wDLW and see how well the ar­range­ment works be­fore they con­sider fur­ther ac­tion.

“Can we try to do this am­i­ca­bly?” coun­cil Pres­i­dent Ja­son Show­maker asked.

2IfiFLDOV DOVR VDLG WKHy wHUH hear­ing of the prob­lem for the fiUVW WLPH, HYHn WKRuJK UHVL­dents said they had called VNN to re­port il­le­gal park­ing.

“f have heard no com­plaints about park­ing down thereI” po­lice Chief Ger­ald Miller said. “None.”

Miller rec­om­mended res­i­dents re­port il­le­gal park­ing by call­ing the Rock­ledge po­lice di­rectly at ON5-PTV8800, UDWKHU WKDn 911. CDOOV placed to VNN over cell phones are of­ten an­swered in Philadel­phiaI given the way cell tow­ers workI and Philadel­phia dis­patch­ers will not send po­lice to Rock­ledgeI he said.

ee cau­tionedI how­ev­erI that park­ing in Rock­ledge is open WR Dny GULYHU Rn D “fiUVW-FRPH, fiUVW-VHUYHG EDVLV,” DnG FDUV us­ing the spa­ces home­own­ers would use are not parked il­le­gal­lyI even if they do not live in the neigh­bor­hood.

Res­i­dents com­pli­mented Leib­ert on his work with the community and said they hope his busi­ness suc­ceeds.

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