Provided we’ll all be flocking back to local parks later this summer, if you’re headed to Ehlert Park in Brookfield you may find a little less off-street parking available in the park’s south lot along Gerritsen Avenue.
That’s because for several months this year, the eastern half of the south parking lot will be fenced off to serve as a storage and staging area for ComEd, which is planning an electric grid improvement project for the village’s south end.
On April 13, Brookfield trustees voted unanimously to allow ComEd to store utility poles and other equipment in the parking lot, which has already been fenced in, charging the company $500 a month for the privilege.
The agreement states that ComEd will have use of the parking lot through Dec. 31, although village officials said it likely won’t be in use for that long.
According to ComEd spokesman Jorge Cabrera, “The work being done in Brookfield is part of an overall system upgrade covering several municipalities. Within the Brookfield area, we anticipate replacing roughly 60 poles. The work is expected to be complete at the end of the year.”
Asked for more information on the scope of the system improvement, Cabrera said that was all the information he had. Village Manager Timothy Wiberg said his understanding was that ComEd’s project within Brookfield was limited to the south end of the village and that it involved improving the power grid by replacing utility poles and transformers.