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Illinois Tollway Regional Mobility Survey

Screen Shot 2018-03-15 at 8.37.26 AMThe Illinois Tollway is offering I-PASS customers in the Kane County region an opportunity to provide input on a Kane County project to improve regional mobility through the development of the Longmeadow Parkway Bridge Corridor improvement. The Longmeadow Parkway project is designed to alleviate traffic congestion in northern Kane County and relieve pressure on the existing bridges crossing the Fox River. While the Illinois Tollway is not directly involved in the development of the improvement, we are hoping that our I-PASS customers can provide valuable feedback regarding their travel habits and preferences.

The Longmeadow Parkway Bridge Corridor improvement is 5.6 miles in length and includes a new four-lane Fox River Bridge crossing and four-lane roadway with a median that passes through portions of the Villages of Algonquin, Carpentersville and Barrington Hills, as well as unincorporated areas of Kane County.

For completing the survey, Kane County’s consultant is offering entry into a drawing to win a $500 check card.

Take the survey here.

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Friday FlashbackFollowing are some of the articles published by The Observer in November in the last few years. These articles, gathered from various publications and editorials, are noteworthy for residents in that they remind us of where we’ve been as a community.

Despite changes, horse boarding controversy continues – 2011

Embattled horse farm owners say they have been complying with the Village of Barrington Hills zoning code and its president agreed, though neighbors still insist the farm is operating illegally and should be shut down.

Benjamin and Cathleen LeCompte, owners of Oakwood Farms in Barrington Hills, and Village President Robert Abboud said the farm has changed a few operation standards, and has been in compliance with the village’s Home Occupation Zoning Ordinance since February.

Read the TribLocal article published five years ago here.

An economic proposal to control horse boarding businesses – 2011

This Monday evening, November 14, 2011, the Zoning Board of Appeals will again take up the controversial subject of large-scale commercial horse boarding in our Village.  Numerous proposals have been floated, rejected, and then floated again in recent memory.  Who knows what will come out of Village Hall after Monday’s meeting.  Here is an idea: If large horse boarding businesses are going to be allowed in our Village, at the expense of our quiet residential character, they should pay fees and taxes as businesses.

Read the original Observer editorial here.

Barrington Hills 2012 Resident Survey Results – 2012

On October 22, 2012, The Observer published the Barrington Hills 2012 Resident Survey.  Readers and subscribers participated, as did many of the more than eight hundred residents who received an invitation to take the survey via email.  By the time the survey period closed on Sunday October 28, two hundred twenty-six residents had completed the survey, and eighty-four of them chose to provide their own personal comments and insightful observations based on their years living in the Village.

Revisit the Village survey results from four years ago here.

Better safe than sorry – 2014

Last month during a special Village Board meeting, the Board of Trustees had the opportunity to ask questions of three law firms who were invited to present their qualifications to serve Barrington Hills.  Board members asked representatives of Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle their opinion on whether the Village should undertake legislation changing our Village Code related to horse boarding [Anderson II] when there is active litigation occurring between two private parties if such legislation might affect one party over the other.

David McArdle, a partner with the firm, responded, “We wouldn’t recommend that you pass a rule, pass a law, that favors one party over another.”  When asked again in a different way, he stated, “We wouldn’t recommend that.” (A link to the recording of that discussion can be accessed here).

Read more here.

Season’s first snow is Chicago’s largest November snowfall in 120 years – 2015

The season’s first snowfall dropped as much as 17 inches across Chicago’s northern suburbs, and the total of 11.2 inches at O’Hare International Airport made it the largest November snowfall in 120 years.

Read more from the Chicago Tribune here.

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Serious QuestionDistrict 220 has released their survey of the community to assist in their decision regarding what time schools should start in the 2017-2018 school year.

This survey will take less than five minutes to complete, and is available through midnight Saturday, October 1st.  All comments in the survey will be presented to the District 220 Board of Education in a public document.

To take the start time survey, click here.

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The Finance Committee will be meeting this evening at 6:00 PM.  A copy of their agenda can be viewed here.

At 7:30, the Zoning Board of Appeals will be holding a public hearing on a text amendment proposal regarding Village horse boarding codes.  Since we first posted this agenda on Friday (seen here), some Riding Club members, including a handful of “radicals” in the herd, have taken to social media with an “urgent” call to attend this meeting, so it would be in the best interest of fairness that those who objected to the passage of the LeCompte/Anderson amendment to attend and perhaps speak.

We have not fully reviewed the proposal which the Zoning Board will be considering tonight, however we would like to remind readers of our observations in our December 2014 editorial — “Our views on the latest horse boarding text amendment proposal” — regarding the amendment petition that was ultimately passed by the Village Board in early 2015 despite valid objections voiced by many residents and a presidential veto. Click here revisit that editorial.

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Start Schoo LaterBarrington District 220 Release:  The Input 220 Advisory Committee tasked with studying the idea of changing school start times will hold a public meeting at Station Middle School Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m.

Those in attendance will hear from Dr. Stephanie Crowley, Assistant Professor of Behavioral Sciences at Rush University Medical College. Dr. Crowley’s broad research interest is in the interactions of the circadian timing and sleep/wake systems. 

Following Dr. Crowley’s remarks, the Input 220 group will share full results from the community start time survey and present three options for potential start and end times across all grade levels. These options will be shared with the board of education at its Tuesday, Feb. 16 meeting for consideration. 

The Jan. 27 public meeting will be available to watch live online here for those unable to attend. The video will also be archived online. 

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220 LogoAccording to a survey, parents, students and employees in Barrington School District 220 want classes to start later in the morning, allowing middle and high students more sleep.

The committee known as Input 220 sent the questionnaire out Nov. 12-30 and members are studying the results in offering final options to the Barrington Board of Education ahead of a February meeting.

Read more here.

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Friday FlashbackFollowing are some of the articles published by The Observer in November in the last few years. These articles, gathered from various publications and editorials, are noteworthy for residents in that they remind us of where we’ve been as a community.

Village faces another equestrian related lawsuit – 2011

The Village of Barrington Hills now faces another equestrian related legal battle due to a lawsuit filed by a resident over property rights related to the keeping of horses.  Walter Dale “Rick” Hardy III filed suit in Cook County Circuit Court against members of the Zoning Board of Appeals and several neighboring residents on November 4, 2011.

Read the original article here.

Reflections on the 2012 resident survey results and recent political news – 2012

On November 2, 2012, The Observer published the results of the Barrington Hills 2012 Resident Survey.  For those who might not have seen the opinions of over two hundred residents who participated, a copy can be downloaded here.

Residents from all four counties participated in proportions close to those of recent voter turnouts by county.  With few exceptions, all indicated they had voted in prior Village elections, so clearly the survey respondents take interest in Village matters.

Read the original Observer article here.

Housing crash pushed bigger tax load onto seniors – 2013

Many Illinois seniors on fixed incomes are actually paying more property taxes these days because of the drastic decline in the value of their homes in recent years.

That’s because a state program designed to stabilize property tax burdens for homeowners 65 and older on limited incomes doesn’t work — and actually has an opposite effect for participants — when property values decline for everyone like they have since the housing market crash in 2008, a Daily Herald analysis of tax records shows.

Read more here. 

Better safe than sorry – 2014

Last month during a special Village Board meeting, the Board of Trustees had the opportunity to ask questions of three law firms who were invited to present their qualifications to serve Barrington Hills.  Board members asked representatives of Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle their opinion on whether the Village should undertake legislation changing our Village Code related to horse boarding when there is active litigation occurring between two private parties if such legislation might affect one party over the other.

David McArdle, a partner with the firm, responded, “We wouldn’t recommend that you pass a rule, pass a law, that favors one party over another.”  When asked again in a different way, he stated, “We wouldn’t recommend that.”

Read the full editorial here.

-The Observer

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