Mystery of the pink stakes, solved

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By Bob Uphues


Not too long ago, all along Grand Boulevard in Brookfield, pink stakes topped by long pink ribbons (with some blue and yellow thrown in for good measure) appeared at every corner. What the heck did this mean? More construction? Utility work?

Turns out the reason for the appearance of the 3-foot long stakes is a benign one. According to Dan Kaup, Brookfield's public works superintendent, the stakes were placed on each corner to show snow plow drivers where the new "bump outs" are, just in case we get a major snow fall.

While most snow storms are no big deal, if we get one like the 20-inch snow we got on Feb. 1 and 2, 2011, the bump outs would be covered completely and invisible to the plow drivers.

Since the bump outs are new, especially north of Eight Corners, Kaup wants their locations marked so the new curbs don't get mangled by snow plows and so the snow plow guards don't get damaged when they unexpectedly run into a bump out.

"They were put up to delineate where the curb juts out into the street," said Kaup.

The stakes will be up all winter and will come down in the spring, said Kaup.

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mark roegner from broookfield  

Posted: January 6th, 2013 5:15 PM

greener u state the village is paying of sewer bonds from 45 years ago. that is a joke and so is everything you say. prove it or shut up.

For a Greener Tommorow II from Brookfield  

Posted: January 6th, 2013 2:33 PM

Phil was never my candidate, never voted for him. The town is still paying off its debt from the sewer bonds issued back in the late 60's. John & Mark for some out of the box thinking on your part, red flag your oil dumps behind your garages in the alley. This way they will be easy to spot for the EPA.

mark roegner from brookfield  

Posted: January 6th, 2013 12:54 PM

if putting a couple of stakes out so plows dont hit the curbs is out of the box thinking no wonder brookfield is so behind villages like lagrange and countryside they have been doing it for years and so have my neighbors at the end of there driveways . greenie and bright idea must be real idiots.


Posted: January 6th, 2013 11:21 AM

you must be a little "long in the tooth" yourself if you remember the Hollinger years as you claim Greenie,putting up a couple of stakes in the ground hardly qualifies as "out of the box thinking"Again,put down the mind altering substances.Woodstock ended long ago.

For a Greener Tomorrow II from Brookfield  

Posted: January 6th, 2013 10:00 AM

Mark- Do you and John even understand the meaning of Out of the Box Thinking? You argued wind turbines last month and now you argue preserving the green space called bumps logic this month. Ideas that certainly require out of the box thinking. You guys must be a couple of old relics with fossil fuel mentality.

mark roegner from brookfield  

Posted: January 5th, 2013 1:45 PM

bright idea the village has not thought outside the box in 35 years. you are a joke.

Slow news day  

Posted: January 4th, 2013 2:50 PM

Must have been a slow news day. LaGrange installed permanent reflector strips on their bump outs on Brainard avenue, but we can't do anything like that here.


Posted: January 4th, 2013 11:48 AM

"Out of the box thinking"?Really.

Bright Idea  

Posted: January 4th, 2013 9:46 AM

Now that was out of the box thinking on part of the village. Others may comment dumb & dumber however they are the ones who will eventuly run their cars over the snow covered bumps, require emergency services and blame the world for their recklessness. Good job Brookfield and keep up the good work.

mark roegner from brookfield  

Posted: January 3rd, 2013 8:31 PM

typical brookfield residents are dumb and village hall is dumber


Posted: January 3rd, 2013 5:54 PM

Umm an actual article to figure out something that was common sense. Duh !

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