Cul-de-sac absolutely necessary for RBHS parking
I was bothered to see that someone had written to the Landmark to protest a cul-de-sac at Rockefeller and Hollywood, should the high school and the Village pursue street parking for the high school ("Cul-de-sac not the answer for RBHS parking," Letters, Jan. 25).
As someone who lives on Rockefeller, on the block adjacent to the proposed parking site, I can tell you that a cul-de-sac would absolutely be necessary.
Rockefeller and Hollywood are not major arteries (as is Washington); they are clearly residential streets with a lot of kids and an elementary school. To add over  parking spots to Rockefeller (or to Golf, as the letter writer proposed) endangers the residents and the elementary students who attend Hollywood School each day, especially if there is no barrier to direct drivers onto the main streets of the Village.
NR Library thanks firefighters assn.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the North Riverside Public Library District, I want to express my gratitude to the North Riverside Firefighters Association for donating an automatic external defibrillator to the library.
Not only did the Firefighters Association donate this piece of life-saving equipment but the North Riverside Fire Department also trained our staff members how to use it.
Even though the library is directly across the street from the fire station, studies have proven that every minute counts in case of a medical emergency.
Should one of our patrons or staff members suffer a heart attack while in the library, having the AED in the library will give him or her a better chance to survive.
Annette Corgiat, Board of Trustees president
North Riverside Public Library District
Don't ask for money, ask county for land
Is the lack of debate over the proposed Riverside-Brookfield High School (District 208) $60 million referendum proposal due to confusion about what's proposed? I admit, I'm confused. Here's my perspective:
We have a high school built to handle approximately 2,000 students which is about two-thirds full. It includes a girls gym addition to the east end, built circa 1970, when enrollment was projected to greatly exceed 2,000.
Since then we've been landlocked without enough parking, so we should tear off the girls' gym and use that space, along with the adjacent east parking lot, to build ... a new gym with elevated running track, Olympic sized swimming pool and a community wellness center?
Next, we exile vocational training to a building across the street next to the football field; then we build a parking deck over that space and the existing west lot, which sits on land owned by the Cook County Forest Preserve District?
Then we get Brookfield to upset the traffic flow with a cul-de-sac on Rockefeller, where we pay to create parking. All of this will net 108 parking spaces, 80 of which are on Rockefeller?
Oh yeah, while we're at it, we throw in 14 (!) new science labs, nine new classrooms and a new student commons, all for only about $60 million (nearly the current value of the existing improvements).
The apparent model for this is York High School in Elmhurst, where they persuaded the taxpayers to pay for a major makeover?"and are now back to the taxpayers seeking even more to run it.
That brings up the cost to us: that chart on page 9 of the Jan. 18, 2006 issue of The Landmark (attributed to District 208) is so laughably inaccurate as to be meaningless. The assessed value of a home is not one-third of its market value.
And should we be using taxpayer money to compete with private health clubs? Even York High School doesn't do that. What about operation, maintenance, employment and liability problems? Who'd go to a health club with a two-block walk from the parking lot?
It seems like the proposal is to build a country club to solve a parking shortage. A better referendum proposal would be:
"Do we taxpayers wish to direct our Forest Preserve District to deed a piece of its property to our school district for $10 to use for a parking lot?"
That would solve the parking shortage, alleviate the neighbors' concerns, get Brookfield off the hot seat and save us taxpayers $60 million.
Terence M. Heuel
Save trees, Brookfest in Brookfield
I am writing to ask our Brookfield trustees to seriously consider saving our community's mature trees on Prairie Avenue and forgoing the federal grant to widen the street ("Saving trees along Prairie Avenue unlikely," News, Dec. 21, 2005). I empathize with you in having to make this tough decision. It's difficult to forgo a federal grant in order to do what's best for our community.
I moved to Brookfield from the city 11 years ago for several reasons; one reason is Brookfield's mature trees. I have read that our trustees regret losing the trees, as well.
Being a music lover, I also moved to Brookfield because of Brookfest. I've read of the opportunity to hold Brookfest at no financial risk to the community, with a good opportunity to make a tidy profit.
There is no denying that Brookfest is part of the "Brookfield brand." It is an established well-attended event. People in Brookfield love Brookfest, so do visitors. What a relief not to have to board a bus after parking miles away as for Naperville's popular Ribfest.
I am writing to ask the board to consider keeping our lovely trees on Prairie Avenue, forgoing the federal grant, and letting our Brookfest brand make the profit. No financial investment is required on our part. I want to enjoy the music and the trees for years to come.