After a start-and-stop process last year that produced little in the way of results, Brookfield’s Public Safety Commission is poised to re-start the discussion regarding parking on the village’s side streets.

Trustee David LeClere, the village board’s liaison to the Public Safety Commission, announced in February that the group would convene a pair of community forums to again hash out issues and potential solutions.

“This board is looking for the public’s input,” LeClere said.

The first meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 22, at 6 p.m. at Congress Park School, 9311 Shields Ave. A second meeting on the subject of village-wide parking will be held on Tuesday, May 24, at 6 p.m. at S.E. Gross Middle School, 3524 Maple Ave.

The meetings have been called in the wake of the Feb. 1-2 blizzard, which again highlighted the problems with the village’s parking rules. Cars snowed in on both sides of the village’s narrow streets hampered snow plows from clearing streets and caused confusion on the part of residents.

In the days following the storm, police issued parking tickets to many residents who failed to heed parking signs at the end of each block.

“This storm will probably teach us some things,” LeClere said.

One area where the village could have done better was informing residents of plowing efforts and parking rules just after the storm hit. For months, Brookfield has toyed with signing on with an emergency communication service called Code Red, which functions essentially as a reverse 911 system, where the village can call residents and provide them with recorded information in the event of an emergency.

“If we’re able to let residents know that these guys were plowing the alleys at a certain time, maybe they’d have been a little more informed to help out,” LeClere said.

-Bob Uphues