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Hart Bridge

Construction crews continue working on a new Hart Road bridge over Flint Creek in Barrington. The road remains closed until early November. (Paul Valade | Staff Photographer)

Crews are making progress on the Hart Road bridge project in Barrington.

The road was shut down last June between Lake Cook Road and Northwest Highway. The Lake County Division of Transportation $3 million project consists of removing three aging metal culverts and replacing those with a bridge over Flint Creek.

An 8-foot-wide bicycle and pedestrian path will also be added to the structure.

There is currently no through traffic on Hart Road from Northwest Highway to Lake-Cook Road (Main Street), though local traffic will be allowed on either side of the creek.

The closure impacts nearby Barrington High School. Access to the school and the athletic complex can be made from Lake Cook Road.

According to Lake County’s Sept. 12 update, current work includes pouring concrete on the south approach slab, north side excavating and grading the approach footing and building the road base on the south side of the bridge. Wetland plants were also planted along the creek.

More here.

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Lake Jail

The Major Crime Task Force is investigating the death of a Barrington man who was found unresponsive in his cell at the Lake County Jail in Waukegan Friday evening.

A Lake County sheriff’s corrections officer was conducting rounds in Pod 1 East around 8:34 p.m. Friday.

He observed an inmate, a 51-year-old Barrington man, laying on his bed in what appeared to be an unresponsive state.

The corrections officer knocked on the door several times but the inmate did not respond, according to Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli.

The corrections officer entered the inmate’s cell and attempted to wake him but the inmate remained unresponsive.

More here.

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Lake County Stormwater

“Lake County Stormwater Management Commission is excited to offer a free Homeowners Association Workshop. This event is for associations and property owners who are responsible for maintaining detention ponds, wetlands, and natural areas. Grants and funding opportunities will also be discussed. The event will be hosted in a hybrid format (in-person and via Zoom).

When: Tuesday, September 20 from 5:30 – 8:30 PM

Where: Central Permit Facility Large Conference Room Second Floor 500 W. Winchester Road Libertyville, IL 60048 OR via Zoom

Register: Interested folks can register using the Microsoft Form linked here. Each attendee should RSVP individually. In-person space is limited to 50 participants. Zoom information will be provided to registrants upon completion of the Microsoft Form.”

Editorial note: Trustee Ekstrom, Roads & Bridges Committee Chair, should offer to give “Daydream” a lift to the event since they likely have much to discuss.

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County Line Road 1

Road signs on Haegers Bend Road let drivers know which way to turn when driving in Barrington Hills or Algonquin.

The August Board of Trustees meeting was brief.  It lasted less than half an hour, but that was more than enough time to cause continued disappointment with the Cecola administration.

For example, why has the phone-in system to Board of Trustee meetings not yet been fixed yet?  Is it intentional to discourage resident’s attendance or does it just reflect incompetence on the part of those responsible for getting the job done?

Next, Laura Ekstrom, Roads & Bridges Committee Chair, provided an update on resurfacing work and detours taking place on, “Lake Cook Road,” in our Village. President Cecola, former committee chair, and Bryan Croll provided their perspectives on, “Lake Cook Road,” work.  The problem is, there is no road named, “Lake Cook,” in Barrington Hills.

County Line Road, named decades before Barrington Hills was incorporated, runs from Haegers Bend Road all the way to Hart Road. Trustee Riff, who actually lives on County Line Road, joined in the road work discussion yet made no effort to correct the record.  Given the fact he wrote on his Facebook site, “I was swarm into office as a Barrington Hills, Illinois Trustee,” he may not be as bright as some had hoped.

Some will say we’re picking at nits here.  But ask the employees or residents of the Barrington Hills Country Club, Countryside Elementary School or the Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House what their address is, they will all say County Line Road. Other might say, “Come on, you know what they meant,” however, one must then question what else Trustees say versus what they meant.

The best point we can make in rebuttal is if you Google, “300 W. Lake Cook Road, Barrington Hills, IL,” instead of a map leading to Barrington Hills Country Club, you’ll see a map of downtown Buffalo Grove.

We elected Trustees relying on their intelligence and experience.  Live up to those expectations.

Recordings from the August 22nd Board of Trustees meeting can be found here.

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BHS Trafic

“Sounds like a nuisance.” – The Daily Herald’s description of District 220’s traffic plan. Officials are so confused they’ve misspelled traffic signs.

“As you are aware, the Lake County Department of Transportation is replacing the bridge over Flint Creek on Hart Road. The bridge replacement and road closure is scheduled through November. To help mitigate traffic impacts from the road closure, representatives and traffic engineers from the Lake County Department of Transportation, the Village of Barrington, and Barrington 220 have worked in collaboration to improve traffic flow on and around the Barrington High School Campus. Although these efforts will help alleviate congestion at arrival and dismissal time, improved traffic flow can only go so far toward mitigating congestion.

To that end, Barrington 220 and the Village of Barrington have been consulting with Barrington Transportation to help reduce congestion near BHS. We ask that all students and families consider walking, biking, or riding the bus if possible. In fact, students who consistently walk, bike, or ride the bus on and off of campus will be entered into a drawing to win BHS spirit wear, gift cards for Airpods, Apple Watches and more.

Other ways to reduce congestion could be to utilize these remote options:

1) Purchase a parking permit for one of 3 locations at a cost of $100:

  • The Barrington – 540 W Northwest HWY (125 spots available) (MAP)
  • The Barrington Metra Station – 201 South Spring Street (125 spots available) (MAP)
  • St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church – 720 Dundee Ave (100 spots available) (MAP)

2) Sign-up for dropping off students at a remote location (FREE) 

  • The Barrington – 540 W Northwest HWY
  • The Barrington Metra Station – 201 South Spring Street

Both options include a shuttle bus from the location to BHS, leaving remote locations at 8AM and a shuttle bus from BHS to the remote locations at the end of the school day, arriving at the remote locations at approximately 3:50PM. Parking permit and remote drop-off is for August 22 to November 4.

From now until 7AM on Friday, September 6, 2022 you can click here to purchase a parking permit ($100) or sign up for drop off locations.

Please note, the Barrington Police department will be patrolling the additional parking areas, and violators will be ticketed and potentially towed at the owner’s expense. In addition, please be aware that parking in the remote lots is at your own risk. In the case of vandalism or damage occurring to their vehicle, the owner of the vehicle is responsible for remediating through their personal auto insurance, or out of pocket.

Please note that during the school year the main entrance to BHS off of Main Street will only be accessible to staff, buses and Build 220 construction traffic. All students and parents must use the west parking lot (off Hart Road) to access the building. The west parking lot is reserved for senior parking only.”

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Lake Barrington

The Lake Barrington village board will meet tonight to discuss a new contract for police services with North Barrington and the Lake County sheriff’s office, along with other issues.

The meeting is set for 7 PM at village hall, 23860 N. Old Barrington Road.

The sheriff’s office provides police services for both towns, and the towns share the cost, with Lake Barrington paying a greater percentage. The percentages could change, officials said.

People can listen to the meeting online using Zoom at us02web.zoom.us/j/84187044670.

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mosquitoes test positive

Health officials are warning the public after a batch of mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile virus for the first time this year in McHenry County.

A mosquito “pool,” also known as a batch of mosquitoes, was sampled on Tuesday in Lake in the Hills and tested positive for West Nile virus.

The McHenry County Department of Public Health said this mosquito pool is the first confirmed indicator of West Nile virus presence in McHenry County in 2022.

Four birds were submitted for testing from McHenry County so far this year and all have been negative for the virus.

Officials in nearby Lake County recommend the public practice the “4 Ds of Defense” to protect themselves and family from mosquitoes:

  • Drain: Drain standing water from items around your home, yard, and business.
  • Defend: When outdoors, use an insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, 2-undecanone, or IR3535 and reapply according to label directions.
  • Dawn and Dusk: Protect yourself all day and night, and wear repellent outdoors during these prime times for mosquito activity.
  • Dress: Wear long sleeves, pants, and closed-toe shoes when outdoors to cover your skin.

Read more here.

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Vote

Tuesday is primary Election Day, when voters have a final chance to choose who will face off for governor, seats in Congress and the Illinois legislature and county boards.

Decisions made by voters ultimately will set up suburban campaigns for the Nov. 8 general election, including some that could be among the most-watched in the country.

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. After the polls close, check back at dailyherald.com for results.

What’s on your ballot?

Check online to find whether you are registered, your polling place on Election Day and a sample ballot.

Can I register?

You can register and cast a ballot at the same time if you’re a U.S. citizen and present two forms of identification, one of which must have your address on it. Examples include a passport or military I.D., driver’s license, college or work ID, vehicle registration, lease, insurance card, bank statement or utility bill.

If you already are registered you do not routinely need identification to vote. However, an election judge can ask for identification in certain circumstances, such as if a previously mailed-in registration form is incomplete.

For more information, click here.

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Plastic

Workers remove unwanted items during the separation process at Groot Industries material recovery facility in Elk Grove Village. (Paul Valade | Staff Photographer)

Despite the contributions you make to the health of the environment every time you slip your plastic milk cartons and food containers into the recycling bin, there’s something you should know: More than 90% of the plastics used in Illinois ends up in landfills.

The causes are varied and complex, but the solution, environmental advocates and government authorities say, requires a blend of changing personal habits and revising public policies.

Plastic can take anywhere from hundreds to thousands of years to decompose, and it is slowly adding up in natural areas around the world. Rather than decomposing, studies show, plastic breaks down into microplastics — pieces smaller than 5 millimeters — and infiltrates our food, water and air.

As of 2015, Illinois’ plastic recycling rate is 8.1%, according to a state-commissioned waste report.

Below are specific guidelines by county.

Read the entire Daily Herald story here.

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Seigles

A developer appeared before the Barrington village board Monday to pitch a proposal for a mixed-use project downtown featuring 125 apartments, restaurants and 42 “commercial condos” for high-end car owners.

Restaurants, luxury apartments and storage spaces for high-end and classic cars are envisioned for a proposed mixed-use development at Hough and Liberty streets in downtown Barrington.

Barrington resident Joe Taylor, CEO of Compasspoint Development, approached the village board Monday with plans to redevelop a 6.2-acre parcel that would combine the Goltra property, part of which was once a foundry, and the former McGrath Volvo dealership site.

His plans include a four-story building fronting Hough Street, with three levels of apartments above first-floor retail and restaurant space, all topped by a Mansard roof.

The 125 apartments would include one-, two- and three-bedroom units. Market research indicates they would attract empty nesters, people who are downsizing and those who wish to rent while a house is being built, Taylor said.

Taylor plans to own one restaurant there and have a third party operate it.

“We will tailor that restaurant for what is missing or lacking in the downtown Barrington market,” he said.

More here.

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