Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Do Nothing City Officials in Brookfield

Below is the text of an email I sent to the Brookfield City Hall. My daughter, Abby, was involved in an accident with an auto on our street yesterday, The main culprit was excessive speed in a residential area ... and I don't mean my seven-year old. Fortunately, Abby is fine.

I could use the help of any Brookfield residents who may read this. For three years I have been exhorting Brookfield to do something. Instead they send out their digital speed monitors and a police lieutenant who obliquely suggests I should watch my speed. Someone will be seriously hurt someday.

To Whom it may concern (again):

I have written previously of my concerns regarding the automobile speeds on Fiebrantz Drive, specifically the portion north of Keefe Avenue. I have written of the changing demographics for this section of Fiebrantz. What was once predominantly elderly is now increasingly populated with young families, and consequently many children -- approx 20 -- all under the age of twelve. I have written that the average speed of Fiebrantz is well above the posted speed limit. I have written of my investigation that much of the speeding traffic can be attributed to three things: Lamplighter subdivision commuters, Elite Gym and people taking a shortcut to avoid the stoplights on Lilly and Capital.

I have written in the past that an accident was just waiting to happen, especially this time of year when the kids, after a winter of hibernation are out and about, using up restless energy. I have been told there is no problem on Fiebrantz by our esteemed police chief. I have been told by the current alderman that he was aware of the issues of Lamplighter commuters (nothing changed), and I have been told by the city engineer that signs aren't really effective. Some effort.

Well, yesterday, as I suspected would happen, an accident did occur. I was walking our infant daughter and our dog down the hill. My seven-year old was ahead on her bike (there were numerous other children on the road, but none were involved in the accident that occurred). A van came speeding by me in excess of the speed limit. Another car was coming in the opposite direction ... again, above the posted limit (did they not see these kids?). I yelled ahead to my daughter. She became frightened and lost control of her bike. She fell into one of the drainage ditches ... I guess fortunately. The van didn't swerve much ... it couldn't because both autos tried to squeeze through. The van slowed a bit and then continued on.

I ran ahead with my young daughter and dog to find my other child screaming. Upon investigastion I was taken aback to see a huge, ugly lump just above her right eye. I gathered her up, called her mother and after passing my daughter to my wife, took Abby to Children's Hospital where it was determined she had not suffered any brain damage or other debilitating damage. Fortunately.

My daughter just missed hitting her head on one of the drainage pipes. I shudder to think of the damage that would have caused her. Last night as I held her, tears came to my eyes ... but there was rage, too.

I am a regular blogger and I can tell you that I am going to post this. Many of my readers are Waukesha county residents. I am tired of this issue being blown off. I don't care what you do, but I want some action taken regarding speeds on Fiebrantz, and I don't mean putting up the digital speed reminder. Something substantial.

I am willing to listen to ideas.

Timothy Rock


Cindy Kilkenny said...


Brookfield Alderman Scott Berg is blogging over at BrookfieldNOW.com. Why don't you send this his way? And don't forget to contact your own alderman. Finally, 2nd district re-elect Rick Owen is chair of Public Works. You should let him in on it too.

Grisa's in over his head with the widening business. If it's not a new road, he's not interested. He'll gladly put in a little relief if it involves 6 lanes and several new traffic lights.

E-mail is included. Or call me if you need me.

Other Side said...

I spoke with alderman Carnell and will try to get a few of the neighborhood parents together for a talk with him.

Emily said...

I have nothing but sympathy for your situation, and I hope you're able to get the city to take some serious action.

Please, please, also start having your children wear helmets while on their bikes. I'm in no way blaming you for what happened. Just guessing by the lump over her eye and the fear of her hitting her head on something that she wasn't wearing one. Helmets can and do save lives and prevent injuries.

If I'm misreading and she was wearing one, please disregard my lame attempt at telling you what to do. :)

Good luck!

Other Side said...

She was wearing a helmet, however as kids are wont to do, she had it tilted at a rakish level. Ever the stylist, my seven-year old.