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Screen Shot 2018-08-09 at 3.17.59 PMNo one was injured and three Porsche cars were largely spared Wednesday night when a fire caused about $200,000 damage at a Barrington Hills home, officials say.

Barrington-Countryside Fire Protection District firefighters responded about 7:15 p.m. to a fire at a home along Ridgecroft Lane, just south of Spring Creek Road, officials said. Firefighters found a garage fully engulfed in flames and called for backup crews

Firefighters shuttled in water from surrounding departments because there aren’t fire hydrants in the area. Officials said it took 20 minutes for firefighters to control the blaze which had spread through the attic of the garage and house.

It appears the fire might have started in a golf cart parked outside the home, officials said, though the investigation continues.

The homeowners were not displaced.

More than 20 fire departments assisted in response to the blaze.

The full Daily Herald article can be found here.

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2018 ROADS PROJECT UPDATE
The Cook County Department of Highways and Transportation 2018 Road Project:

OTIS AND BRINKER ROADS: Paving was completed last week, and weather permitting, striping is scheduled for this  week which will conclude the resurfacing project.

BARRINGTON HILLS 2018 ROADS PROJECT:

HONEYCUTT AND HILLS AND DALES ROADS: Monday, July 9th, they are placing the Final Surface Asphalt.

CHURCH ROAD AND ALGONQUIN RIVER ROAD: Wednesday, July 11th, they will be placing the Final Surface Asphalt on the remaining section of Church Road up to Algonquin River Road, and begin placing the Final Surface Asphalt on Algonquin River Road.

**Not part of the roads project but a notice to our residents that the low depressional area on Chapel Road is still completely underwater and has been determined to remain closed. Road closed signs are still in place.

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As part of the ongoing improvements associated with the Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways, please be advised that on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, the work area on Otis Road will be closed to Non-Construction Traffic from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

It is necessary to restrict Non-Construction Traffic for safety issues created by the narrow roadway. Please let us know if there are any residents with special needs so we can make accommodations if necessary.  We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

In the event of inclement weather, the rescheduled date will be July 5th.

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The Village of Barrington Hills made the following announcement yesterday.

“ROAD WORK BEGINS JUNE 4th on Otis and Brinker Roads–Expect Delays. Please proceed with caution or choose an alternate route.”

Additional information from the Cook County Department of Transportation can be found at this link BrinkerConstruction.

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Screen Shot 2018-05-13 at 5.29.53 AMPolice are searching for the driver of a truck who struck and killed a bicyclist late Friday in Barrington Hills, authorities said Saturday.

The victim, identified by the Cook County medical examiner’s office as 28-year-old Rafal Ryndak of Schiller Park, was thrown several feet from his bicycle and was unresponsive when first responders arrived to the crash scene after 10 p.m. on Route 59 south of Route 68, according to Barrington Hills police.

When police arrived, they observed the bicycle, badly damaged, on the shoulder of the roadway. Paramedics from the Barrington Countryside and Lake Zurich fire departments provided emergency medical assistance to the victim at the scene, according to a news release.

The man was officially pronounced dead at the scene at 10:22 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Cause of death was listed as multiple injuries after an autopsy on Saturday.

Police said the vehicle that hit the bicyclist and fled is a dark-colored Toyota Tundra pickup truck. A description of the driver was not available.

You can read the full Daily Herald article here.

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Screen Shot 2018-04-26 at 2.49.11 PMOver the past year, local media coverage has touched on the topic of backyard poultry in the Barrington area.  From complaints about plans for a large chicken farm in unincorporated Lake County to Tower Lakes’s recent enforcement actions to eliminate backyard poultry, nearby communities are struggling to regulate this newly popular trend.

As was recently reported in the Daily Herald , owners of a property in unincorporated Lake County (zoned agricultural) had applied for a permit to construct several buildings to house a large chicken egg production operation.  Residents living in neighboring lots in North Barrington (which surround the parcel) complained about odor and noise from the existing chickens, and worried about the increased nuisance that would be created if hundreds or thousands of chickens would be permitted.  Eventually, North Barrington forcibly annexed the land, with the goal of not eliminating the chicken farm, but to allow the village to exert more stringent controls on the operation.  In terms of backyard chickens for personal enjoyment, North Barrington allows 6 hens on residential lots of 40,000 sq. ft. or greater.

Meanwhile in Tower Lakes, cease and desist orders have been issued to residents owning backyard chickens and ducks.  Tower Lakes has taken the position that backyard poultry is not a permitted use according to their village code, and their Board of Trustees has taken the position that they do not wish to allow poultry ownership, even for personal use.

In marked contrast to these fellow BACOG neighbors, Barrington Hills has a long practice of not just allowing the ownership of poultry and other livestock for non-commercial purposes on residential properties, but actively promoting the tradition of the gentleman (or gentlewoman) farmer.  Both the Village Code and the Comprehensive Plan recognize the history of agricultural pursuits within our borders, and residential properties throughout the village are populated not just with poultry, but horses, alpacas, honeybees, donkeys, and goats. On those properties which zoned for agricultural use, ownership of most types of livestock is allowed.

These property freedoms certainly differentiate Barrington Hills from nearly all other suburban Chicago communities, but they also allow residents to pursue their interests and hobbies in a way that is least impactful to their neighbors due to our large 5-acre parcels.  In the case of backyard poultry in particular, residents don’t just benefit from fresh eggs daily, but these birds also provide ample fertilizer for gardens and natural pest control.  Reading the daily headlines, you can’t help but note the increasing problems with E. coli and Salmonella contamination in commercially produced eggs, fruits and vegetables.

And, in a time when even the City of Chicago allows backyard chickens, it is disappointing that some of our fellow BACOG neighbors do not share our village’s enthusiasm for the farm-to-table movement.  As always, the Observer hopes that hobby farming pursuits will be undertaken in a manner that is fully respectful and least disruptive to adjacent properties.

We are heartened that our current administration is supportive and encouraging of local agriculture. This type of property freedom is what makes Barrington Hills distinctive in the region and gives our children a unique opportunity to witnesses the wonders of nature first-hand.

 

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Starting the week of April 9, 2018, weather permitting, intermittent temporary daily lane closures along IL 62 between Regan Boulevard and north Autumn Trail will occur to allow crews adequate room to safely unload supplies and equipment needed to begin storm sewer installation along IL 62. These closures will take place during non-peak travel times.

You can read the entire KDOT press release here.

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