By Sandy Scarmack
Herald Staff Writer
“Yankee Lake Truck Night. It’s back,” said a disgruntled Brookfield woman who complained to township trustees about mud, noise and traffic that wrecks her Route 7 neighborhood every weekend.
Like a rite of spring, township trustees brace themselves for the onslaught of complaints that come from May through September, and do what they can to pacify residents who yell about people trespassing and urinating on their properties, the empty beer cans strewn along state Route 7, music blasting from mud-covered 4-by-4’s well into the early-morning hours and “drag-racing” along residential areas after the event is over.
Police Chief Dan Faustino said Yankee Lake village pays for two Brookfield policemen to work the event and made note of the problem area. He said he would try and have patrolmen watch those areas, but between answering calls and working traffic, it is difficult for the police to monitor all the infractions.
Mud left over from the trucks inevitably ends up along township roadways, creating a nuisance for drivers who want to keep their cars clean and occasionally a safety hazard when it gets wet, but this year Yankee Lake is installing a car wash and will require trucks to be sprayed off before leaving, said Jamie Fredenburg, road department supervisor.
“The neighbors are getting real tired of it. We can’t have the doors or windows open between 5 and 7 p.m. The way they come whizzing by our house is ridiculous. Can we have a police car parked in our driveway?” she asked.
But not all the neighbors agree. Another township resident told trustees the mud and noise don’t bother him. “There’s a lot of people making money in Yankee Lake. I would say 97 percent of the people working there are from the local area and they’re all getting paid. That pumps money into the economy. So for a little mud on the road, we shouldn’t complain,” he said.
In other matters, several residents brought parking complaints to the trustees’ attention. A woman who lives on Second Street said she can’t back out of her driveway because of traffic parked across the street. Faustino said parking signs have to be posted before police can write tickets. Similar complaints were brought up about parking at the township park, but Fredenburg said parking restriction signs haven’t yet been posted at the park because ongoing paving work is already reducing parking.
“So I guess the answer is just to post a sign on every street,” Fredenburg said, noting that it costs about $50 for each posted sign.
Trustees also discussed the Great American Clean Up day on May 18 and encouraged high school seniors who need community service hours to volunteer. Those who are willing to spend about three hours picking up trash should meet Trustee Gary Lees at the gazebo in the township green at 9:30 a.m.