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pavement-markingThe Roads & Bridges Committee will meet on Thursday June 22 at 4:00 PM.  The link for the Agenda and Meeting e-Packet can be found here.

gmpixafeThe McHenry County Republican Party picked two Barrington Hills men as their choices to succeed Andrew Gasser on the County Board.

But the Democratic chairman of the County Board who has the power to advance a candidate for a formal vote said the two will be treated like every other person who has expressed interest, including filling out an extensive questionnaire.

The county GOP late Thursday announced that it was backing Ralph Sesso and David Stieper to succeed Gasser, who stepped down after winning the April election for the office of Algonquin Township highway commissioner. Gasser, of Fox River Grove, was elected to represent District 1 in 2014, and whoever is picked to replace him will serve the remaining two years of his term and have to run again in 2018.

The GOP’s announcement comes after five weeks of interviews with prospective candidates, party Chairwoman Sandra Fay Salgado said. She said the two “represent the same conservative values” as Gasser and will serve as leaders within the county GOP.

To read the Northwest Herald article in its entirety, click here.

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Officials with the Barrington Hills Park District are hoping a proposed intergovernmental agreement with the village will add extra security and save public funds in the process.

In February, the Barrington Hills Park District Board approved a “conduct ordinance,” regulating certain behaviors and activities on park district grounds, and park district officials now want to use Barrington Hills police to enforce the new ordinance, instead of hiring security staff, park district officials said. VBHPD

Maureen Crump, a commissioner on the park district board, said the potential agreement could save taxpayer dollars, adding one full-time security guard on the park district payroll could be paid between $25 and $35 an hour.

“It would not be financially responsible for us to hire our own police or security,” she said.

The proposal comes after park district officials worked with attorneys for the past two years to develop a formal conduct ordinance, which establishes regulations for people under the influence of alcohol or drugs on park district property, as well as other regulations on fighting and soliciting, animal use, pets and other areas.

“We wanted to become more consistent with the norms of other park districts, and we reviewed conduct ordinances of other park districts,” Crump said.

Officials presented a proposed agreement to the Barrington Hills Village Board last month, but Crump said discussions still are ongoing before officials can vote on the agreement.

To read the full Barrington Courier-Review article, click here.

The Equestrian Commission is scheduled to meet on Monday evening at 6:30 PM.  The commission has not met in nearly a year.  On the agenda are several items, including discussions on Fencing and Horse Boarding Regulations.  However the most interesting item seems to be something called the Illinois State Farm Nuisance Act Presentation.  We researched this topic, and apparently it is legislation that has been promoted by the Horsemen’s Council of Illinois and local Equestrienne Elaine Ramesh.  The legislation has already passed the Illinois Senate and House, and, from what we can tell, it is awaiting the Governor’s signature.

It would add the keeping of horses and horse BOARDING to the current state law which protects existing livestock farms from being lawsuits on the basis of nuisance.  The original law was intended to protect actual agricultural farms from being sued as a nuisance by neighbors because of odors, dust or noise generated by the routine performance of farming chores, but it seems as though the activists in the Horsemen’s Council are using this to bypass local zoning ordinances, such as ours in Barrington Hills.    Horse boarding in our view is NOT agricultural, as there is no agricultural product which is generated. We would strongly urge residents to attend this meeting.

At the time of publication, only the agenda was available here, but no meeting packet materials were posted.  The Trustee Liaison to the Commission is newly elected Trustee Paula Jacobsen.

CORRECTION:  Michelle Maison is still the liaison to the commission.

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From the Horsemen’s Council of Illinois Facebook page

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IMPORTANT TRAFFIC ALERT from the Village of Barrington:
This weekend from 7:00 pm on Friday, June 2 to 5:00 am on Monday, June 5, South Hough Street (Route 59) will be COMPLETELY CLOSED in both directions between Russell and Coolidge due to a necessary sanitary sewer repair related to an isolated portion of the Village Sanitary Sewer Replacement Project.

Traffic will have local access only between Hillside and Main Street. An IDOT Detour Route will be in effect, which is shown below. The detour runs east along Hillside Avenue to Route 14, then north to Main Street and east on Main back to Hough Street (Route 59) in town.

Please note that this detour route does not include altered traffic signal timings, which could result in significant delays along this route. Please consider using alternate routes to avoid this area over the weekend.

Notifications have been distributed to residents along Hough and Hillside directly affected by this closure and detour. If you have any questions please contact the Sanitary Sewer Replacement Project Hotline at 847-620-4650 or ssrp@barrington-il.gov. Any emergency notifications during this work should be reported to the Barrington Police Department.

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railroad-crossing-sign-x-w10-1 BREAKING TRAFFIC NEWS from the Village of Barrington : Please be advised that due to a train/truck accident at the CN tracks and Route 59 (Hough Street) in downtown Barrington, Route 59 is CLOSED in both directions from Main Street (Lake-Cook Road) and Route 14.

In addition, the train is blocking Route 14 at the Lake Zurich Road crossing. As such, route 14 is CLOSED in both directions between Main Street (Lake-Cook Road) and Prospect Avenue.

The public is advised to completely avoid the northern downtown Barrington area until further notice. If you must travel downtown, please enter Barrington from the south.