A pump station and storm water storage system designed to mitigate flooding in and around the 3500 block of Forest Avenue in Brookfield appears to be back on track with the support of residents following a detailed recap of the project at the village board’s committee of the whole meeting on March 28.
During a presentation that lasted more than an hour, officials appeared to convince residents that the pump station would help reduce flooding and that an above-ground storage facility located in the 3500 block of Forest Avenue would not be the eyesore some had feared.
A color computer rendering, which shows the above-ground storage facility surrounded by a wrought-iron fence and softened by plantings along the Forest Avenue frontage, seemed to cool off what had been strong opposition to it.
“We’ll try to make it as aesthetically pleasing as possible,” said Mark Lucas of Hancock Engineering, who is the chief design engineer for the project.
Lucas and Village Engineer Derek Treichel also spent a good deal of time illustrating how the pump station would operate and how the sewer system operates. They emphasized that storm water from about 48 acres of Brookfield drains into Salt Creek near Forest and Washington avenues, and that the pump station would help relieve the street flooding seen during heavy rains in recent years.
The Brookfield Village Board is expected to ink a final agreement on the pump station plan with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District on April 11 and could award a contract by June.
The hope is to have construction completed by late 2016.