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Brookfield trustees discuss removing 5-foot from driveway street parking ordinance

Published: Friday, March 14, 2014 1:39 p.m. CDT
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(Nick Samuel - msleditorial@shawmedia.com)
The Brookfield Village Board discussed amending or removing a largely unenforced ordinance that restricts street parking closer than five feet from a private driveway.

BROOKFIELD – The Brookfield Village Board discussed amending an ordinance that prohibits drivers from parking on the street within five feet of a private driveway at their Monday night board meeting. 

Riccardo Ginex, Brookfield village manager, said a current village statute restricts parking so close to a driveway, which was previously created in accordance with a state statue. The state statue has been removed and now the village would be required place signs on every block in Brookfield, or do away with the local restriction as well. By amending the ordinance, he added, the village would save money.

“It would cost the village tens of thousands of dollars to put up no parking signs on every street in Brookfield,” said Ginex. 

Ginex added the village still has the option to put up no parking signs in specific locations in Brookfield. 

Trustee Michael Garvey said having a five feet restriction from every driveway ultimately eliminates street parking. 

Garvey said a resident recently sent him a video of the resident not being able to get out of his own driveway. But, Garvey added these driveway situations can easily be resolved if neighbors act courteous.

Not all trustees were on board with the new ordinance.

Trustee Ryan Evans said he sees this amendment as a safety concern.

“This poses as a threat to congested areas like schools and churches," Evans said. "We could see many accidents.”

Board members will further discuss details about amending the ordinance at their next meeting March 24, where it will either be approved or rejected. 

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