Ask/Answered: Makeshift fence on West Ridge Street in Carlisle
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Ask/Answered: Makeshift fence on West Ridge Street in Carlisle

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Who is responsible for putting up the pallets and logs blocking access to the parking lot beside the emergency training facility on West Ridge Street?

This is a question that Cumberland Goodwill EMS Assistant Chief Nathan Harig said his office has recently been getting often, and not all the callers have been terribly friendly.

“We’re getting calls from residents who are upset that our training center on Ridge Street has, for lack of a better term, debris next to our building,” Harig said.

The property is not owned by Cumberland Goodwill EMS and not part of the lot with the training facility, something the organization found out in 2010 when it tried to sell the property.

The lot to the left of the building is owned by Steven Ewing and part of the Ewing Brothers Funeral Home property on South Hanover Street, according to Cumberland County property records.

The property stretches from North Hanover Street back to an alley near the water tower and runs to Ridge Street.

All of the homes along Ridge Street are not included in the Ewing Brothers property, leaving just the small paved area in question as part of the property.

Harig said the items being used to block access to the lot have changed a few times since the barricades were put up.

On Wednesday, a makeshift fence constructed out of large wooden pallets were adorned with posted “no parking” signs to block access from Ridge Street.

The signs clearly state that the lot is part of the Ewing Brothers property.

Several large logs blocked two entry points from the rear.

“We always recognize that people have individual property rights,” Harig said. “That is very attractive parking, and I can see where people would go in without having proper permissions. But at the same time, the manner in which this was done does not look terribly aesthetically pleasing, and it was not our doing, so please stop complaining to us. It is not anything we can control.”

Ewing Brothers did not respond to a phone message requesting comments on the matter left by The Sentinel.

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