The Brookfield Public Safety Commission is recommending making the 3400 block of Hollywood Avenue, the block where Hollywood School is located, a one-way street for an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon on school days.
The village board will discuss the issue at its committee of the whole meeting on Sept. 14, and it appears that the proposal faces an uncertain future.
In addition to recommending that the 3400 block of Hollywood Avenue be made a one-way street going north from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on school days, the Public Safety Commission is recommending that the block be made a school safety zone and that left turns from the 3500 block of Hollywood west onto Washington Avenue be prohibited from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on school days.
The recommendations came out of two discussions the Public Safety Commission had with members of the Hollywood School PTA and the principal of Hollywood School in May and July.
Parents are concerned about traffic congestion around Hollywood School in the morning and afternoon and say that some drivers drive too fast by the school.
“If we have everyone moving in the same direction at drop-off and pick-up, that will inevitably make it safer for all those kids and families,” said Kristen Didio, the president of the Hollywood School PTA. “Our school traffic has increased tremendously over the last year with the introduction of the District 96 early learners program at Hollywood. We were really concerned about speeding in that school zone.”
The parents initially requested that the 3400 block of Hollywood Avenue be made a one-way street during the entire school day, but the Public Safety Commission balked at that idea. Didio said she is satisfied with the compromise proposal going before the village board.
“We knew it would probably be a stretch to get all day,” Didio said.
Last week, the Riverside Elementary School District 96 Board of Education passed a resolution supporting the proposals.
However, the reception from the village board may not be so positive.
Brookfield Village President Kit Ketchmark, a resident of the Hollywood neighborhood whose two children attended Hollywood School, said that the idea of making the 3400 block of Hollywood Avenue a one-way street has been made in the past and has never been approved.
“This isn’t something new,” said Ketchmark, who added that he hasn’t examined the current proposal yet. “We’ll pull out all of the past minutes on this, because this is not something that seemed workable for that area before.
“The residents need to be able to get out of their houses as well, and I think that was the chief issue the last time. This has come up several times over the past several decades. It’s been turned down at least twice before.”