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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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Illinois’ General Assembly, which had finally approved a budget but failed to act on an amendment regarding property tax freezes, should take a harder look at itself, Barrington Hills Village President Martin McLaughlin said during a recent interview.

“What is ridiculous is the General Assembly that hasn’t had the ability to deliver a balanced budget in years and refuses to address the public pension debacle that is a large contributor to the tax burden are the ones pointing to other entities as the problem,” McLaughlin told the Lake County Gazette.

Barrington Hills Village President Martin McLaughlin

McLaughlin said he has some experience doing what lawmakers in the Illinois General Assembly need to be doing. “As a village president that has reduced our Barrington Hills levy four out of my five years in office I am all for a freeze,” he said.

“However I would prefer a 15 percent reduction from all taxing bodies that make up our property tax bills – school districts, townships, community colleges, library districts, fire districts, abatement districts and others,” he said. ” Elected and appointed officials need to understand that Illinois taxpayers are in serious trouble. We are declining in population as people give up and move out of our state.”

To read the full article in the Lake County Gazette, click here.

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Explore the contrast between vintage firefighting equipment from prior generations and today’s state-of-the-art fire service operations Saturday, September 9th, when the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District welcomes community members to a combined Antique Fire Truck Show and Open House at Fire Station #1 (22222 North Pepper Road, Lake Barrington).

The open house will take place from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., with the antique truck display available until 1 p.m. Admission is free for family members of all ages.

This year’s event will feature:

  • Antique fire truck displays
  • Fire station tours
  • Touch-a-Truck
  • Firefighter ‘meet & greet’
  • Emergency dispatch services overview
  • Local business booths

To read the full feature story in Living60010.com, click here.

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pavement-markingThe Village of Barrington Hills announced that tomorrow, Thursday August 10th, the west end of Merri Oaks Rd about 500 feet east of Ridge Road is expect to be CLOSED from 7 am to 8 pm for paving. Traffic will be rerouted, but please plan your commutes accordingly.

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pavement-marking As construction season starts up earlier than usual throughout the Barrington area, motorists driving through downtown Barrington will have to navigate an ongoing road project to replace a 100-year-old sewer system.

The project is a major one for Barrington officials, who recently started the construction work to replace aging sanitary sewer lines. As the weather warms, officials in nearby Barrington Hills and South Barrington also are looking to start local road resurfacing projects. …

Upcoming resurfacing projects in Barrington Hills could start sometime after May 23 when the list of tentative projects are presented to the Barrington Hills Village Board, said Robert Kosin, director of administration in Barrington Hills.

The list of potential projects include Ridge Road, from County Line Road to Merry Oaks Lane, as well as the entire stretch of Old Hart Road and West Cuba Road, and also the parking lot to village hall at 112 Algonquin Road, Kosin said.

To read the full Chicago Tribune article, click here.

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images A commuter train struck and killed a pedestrian late Friday morning at Northwest Highway and Cuba Road, near Barrington, the Lake County sheriff’s office said. Police said officers found the pedestrian dead after arriving on scene around 11:35 a.m. The Lake County sheriff’s office wasn’t immediately releasing the age, gender or identity of the person.

Metra trains on the Union-Pacific Northwest line were halted in both directions, according to a Metra spokeswoman. Extensive train delays near Barrington are expected while police remain on scene, Metra said in an alert.

Police continue to investigate the incident, authorities said. The full Chicago Tribune article can be found here.

As of 2:30 PM Friday afternoon, traffic on Northwest Highway is not impacted, but Cuba Road south of the railroad tracks is blocked, restricting access into Barrington Hills. It is not known how long the crossing will be closed.

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Announced on the Village of Barrington Hills website today:

“All 4 counties have now released certified results for the April 4, 2017 election. We can now officially announce that President Martin J. McLaughlin has been elected to another term as Village President.

Trustee Colleen Konicek Hannigan was also reelected to another term as Trustee.
The election for the remaining two Trustee positions came down to three Trustees separated by only 4 votes.

The Village congratulates our new Trustees Robert M. Zubak and Paula Jacobsen.
We hope you’ll attend the Special Board Meeting Tuesday May 2nd at 6:30 pm where the elected will take their oath of office.”

The final vote totals for Village President by county are as follows.

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The final vote totals for Village Trustee by county are as follows.

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