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Kimberly Beattie Saunders was named executive director of the Barrington Area Council of Governments, only the third director since the association’s creation in 1970.

The Barrington Area Council of Governments will have a new executive director, only the third in the agency’s 51-year history.

Janet Agnoletti retires Friday after 20 years of service, and the council’s board appointed Kimberly Beattie Saunders as her successor.

Saunders brings a combination of government and legal experience, which is “a great match” for the council’s mission, said Paula McCombie, board vice chairwoman and South Barrington village president.

Saunders most recently worked as an attorney on federal financial regulatory issues, and has served as policy advisor to the governor’s office and senior government relations officer for the Chicago Transit Authority.

Saunders and her family moved from Washington, D.C., to the Barrington area in 2017, and she serves on the Tower Lakes plan commission and the North Barrington Elementary School PTO.

She said she’s most looking forward to working with local leaders “who are truly dedicated to collaboration.”

Read more here.

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The Barrington Hills Park District Board will hold their, “Annual Budget and Appropriation Hearing,” via video conferencing this evening at 6:45 PM. A copy of the agenda can be viewed herebut don’t expect to see any more than that.

You will not find a, “budget and appropriation,” because clearly, the District doesn’t feel it important for taxpayers to review such trivial information prior to the public meeting. If you MUST review them, it is assumed one can obtain a copy from the District office (but there are no guarantees).

At 7:00 PM, the District will be conducting their regular monthly meeting. A copy of their typically boilerplate agenda can be viewed here.

Once again, minutes from the prior District meeting are not available for public review. If they were, residents might have questions, and the last thing commissioners want are questions.

The person responsible for this blatant lack of transparency is Dennis Kelly, President of the Barrington Hills Park Board. Word has it he is now running for President of Barrington Hills.

Given the way Kelly treats his responsibilities at the Park District, in the unlikely event he were elected Village President, the Village would likely return to what most residents remember as “The Dark Ages” we experienced prior to 2013.

Information on how to join the Zoom meetings tonight can be found here.

Related:Barrington Hills Park Board meeting tonight

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Recordings have been released from last month’s Board of Trustee’s meeting (12.17.2020), and the Village Attorney’s report contained the following update:

“Just really quickly, the Drury litigation versus the Village discovery is now closed. It’s moving in to motion practice, so we’ll hopefully get some kind of ruling in February, March-ish.”

To listen to the recording of the December 17th BOT meeting, click here.

Related:Things may get very interesting after Thanksgiving…

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Courtesy of Barrington United Methodist Church The Rev. Chris Winkler, left, senior pastor at Barrington United Methodist Church, and Sam Oliver, a local church historian, hold the church’s sesquicentennial house of worship recognition from the Illinois State Historical Society.

The Illinois State Historical Society has recognized Barrington United Methodist Church as a sesquicentennial house of worship.

Churches that have served their congregations continuously for at least 150 years are eligible for the recognition. That means the Barrington church’s history will be recorded by the state historical society and the Illinois State Library.

The church is on 24 acres at Route 59 and Algonquin Road in Barrington Hills.

The church was founded in 1840, with the congregation first meeting in homes and then in a stone building at the corner of Bateman and Algonquin Roads, according to the Barrington Area Library.

The first church building was built in 1853 in Barrington Hills. As the congregation grew over the years, subsequently larger buildings were needed.

The fourth church building at 310 Hough St. in Barrington was dedicated in 1931. That building was destroyed by a fire in 1998.

The congregation worshipped in the Salem United Methodist Church of Barrington and in the auditorium of Barrington Area Unit District 220 until the current church building was built and dedicated in 2003.

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The Village Board of Trustees will be holding their monthly meeting this evening at 6:30 PM. Some of the topics for discussion and/or vote include:

  • [Vote] A Resolution Approving the Execution of an Intergovernmental Agreement with Cook County for the Donlea Road Drainage Investigation Resolution 20 –
  • [Vote] A Resolution Authorizing the Purchase of ALPR Equipment and Related Services and Software for use by the Village Police Department Resolution 20 –
  • [Vote] An Ordinance Granting an Amendment to the Existing Special Use Permit for an Expansion of the Parking Lot at 160 Hawthorne Road Ordinance 20 –
  • [Vote] An Ordinance Adopting by Reference of the Lake County Watershed Development Ordinance 20 –
  • [Vote] A Resolution Consenting to an Amendment of the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, Restrictions and Easements for Hurstbourne Subdivision Resolution 20 –
  • [Vote] Resolution of Proclamation Congratulating Janet Agnoletti Upon Her Retirement From the Barrington Area Council of Governments Res 20 –

A copy of the agenda can be viewed here. Those wishing to try to listing in on the meeting can phone 508-924-1464.

Related: Mosque replica planned for 160 Hawthorne Road?,” “Cook County to investigate Donlea Road flooding problems

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The December 9, 2020, Park Board Meeting will be held via video conferencing at 7:00 PM. A phone number and access code is available to the public for anyone who would like to observe or comment during the meeting.

The agenda (seen here) includes, “Approval of the November 2020 Park Board Meeting Minutes,” but they are not provided to residents to review. Also on the agenda is, “Tax Levy Ordinance 12-09-2020-01,” but this too seems unavailable for public inspection. This has been standard practice for as long as anyone can remember. The District seems to believe the less people know the better it is for them.

Instructions to conference in to the meeting are:

Video Conference: Please click on this Link on December 9, at 7:00 p.m., in order to join the video conference. https://cdwmeet.webex.com/meet/drewmcm Please follow the prompts to join.

Phone Access: If you would like to join by phone, rather than by computer, please call this number on December 9, at 7:00 PM
312-535-8110
Enter this access code and hit the # symbol.

Access code 927 291 240 #
If you choose to dial in, rather than use a computer, you may not be able to see onscreen visual aids.

If you accept this meeting invite and it is on your phones digital calendar, you can click the phone number in the “location” bar … your phone will automatically dial in, and automatically enter the code.
There will be a recording of the meeting, in compliance with Illinois regulations … I will provide a link and a password to the recording after the meeting.

Meeting Agenda: The Park District will also take public comments by email or written submission and will read those comments at the public meeting. Submit by email to: office@bhillsparkd.org

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The Barrington Area Library will temporarily close starting Monday until further notice due to the surge in COVID-19 cases in Cook and Lake counties, officials said.

Library cardholders will continue to have access to parking lot pickup, borrow by mail, and delivery to remote locker locations (if the locations remain open).

Online programs will continue. Cardholders also have 24/7 access to digital collections of e-books, e-audiobooks, e-magazines and newspapers; streaming movies, TV shows and music; and downloadable music.

People can apply for or renew a library card online. For more information call (847) 382-1300 or visit balibrary.org.

Read more here.

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Barrington Village President Karen Darch

Barrington Village President Karen Darch, three incumbent village trustees and Village Clerk Tony Ciganek will run for reelection in the spring as part of a slate they’re calling “Barrington Forward.”

Darch, who is seeking her fifth term as the village’s top elected official, said in an announcement of the slate Tuesday that the group provides “strong, steady, and proven leadership” as Barrington continues to deal with fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re working proactively to support community efforts, help our local businesses survive, and maintain the village’s fiscal stability by remaining fiscally responsible,” she said. “Meanwhile, we’re keeping an eye on the future. Barrington was thriving before this pandemic, and the Barrington Forward team will ensure we continue this positive momentum.”

The slate’s trustee candidates are Todd Sholeen, who’s served on the board since 2015; Jennifer Wondrasek, who was elected in 2017 and is seeking a second term on the panel; and Mike Moran, who was appointed to the board last year when former Trustee Jeff Janssen resigned because he was moving out of state.

Ciganek will be seeking his second term as village clerk.

Read on here.

Related: Barrington trustees agree to sales tax incentives for two high-end vehicle dealerships, bringing ‘economic rewards over time’

Barrington launching ‘Curious Questions with Karen Darch’ podcast

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Barrington Village President Karen Darch

Barrington is offering a longtime car dealership an economic incentive so it can expand and stay in the village.

Motor Werks of Barrington and the village reached an agreement, approved by trustees at the Oct. 26 Village Board meeting that allows the dealership to share a percentage of sales tax over a 10-year term. The incentive establishes a base sales tax amount of $2.7 million, a figure derived from an average of sales taxes over several previous years, according to village documents.

Under the agreement, Motor Werks would receive 65% of all sales tax revenues above the base as incentive payments and the village would get 35%, officials said.

The dealership, which sells high-end brands like Porsche and BMW, has been dealing with inadequate parking for its inventory, traffic congestion around the service and wash bays, and an inability to relocate its Cadillac dealership onsite, village officials said. It plans to purchase the Barrington Woods office complex, at 18 E. Dundee Ave., for redevelopment. The dealership will add a parking structure, vehicle recondition center and move the Cadillac brand.

Village Manager Scott Anderson said Motor Werks has been an important business in the community, and it is in the village’s best interest to partner with them to provide economic support.

Read more here.

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On September 26th, The League of Women Voters (LWV) of the Palatine Area, lwvpalatinearea.org, conducted a virtual non-partisan candidate forum for three candidates running for the 52nd District of the Illinois House of Representatives; Martin McLaughlinAlia Sarfraz and Marci Suelzer. The YouTube recording of the meeting can be viewed here.

We listened intently to the recording and felt we would be remiss if we did not share at least one excerpt we believe is critical for voters to hear or read. The LWV asked candidates to,

“Think of a person that is, or has served in Springfield, that’s made an impact for the better in our state.”

Marci Suelzer’s response to this simple question was,

Marci Suelzer

I’m somewhat at a disadvantage in this question in that I did not grow up in Illinois. But I do think that Governor Pritzker has made an impact in saving lives in Illinois.

I wish that I had a better base of historical knowledge to go back two decades or whatever, but I simply don’t.”

The question and her response can be heard here.

Though she admittedly lacks experience, that has not stopped significant contributions to Suelzer’s campaign which only began less than three months ago. Her campaign committee has amassed upwards of $400,000, primarily from Democratic Party of Illinois ($129k), Democratic Majority ($94k), LIUNA Chicago Laborers ($58k), Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters PAC ($58k) and Friends to Elect Kathleen Willis ($45k).

Clearly with this overabundance of political funding, Marci Suelzer does not need to worry about her lack of experience, since if she is elected, her well-financed handlers will tell her how to vote.

Martin McLaughlin has been running for the 52nd District for nearly a year with funding of about 20% of that of his opponent. What matters most when considering which candidate to vote for in an election;

  • (a) one who has been successfully leading a Village for eight years or
  • (b) one who, although inexperienced, has substantial financial backing from the current State leadership?

You decide!

Campaign finance references: Marci Suelzer Campaign Committee, Martin McLaughlin For State Representative

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