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Tomorrow, Wednesday September 5, is the date of the BACOG Well Water Sample drop-off.  Residents who purchased test kits last week at the Village Hall should follow the provided directions on how to draw their water samples.  Samples will be received at the  Garlands between 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM.

In addition, three informational presentations will be held, beginning at 2:00 PM.  Topics include the role of BACOG in promoting regional groundwater sustainability, contamination of the aquifers by chlorides from softened water, and improvements in modern water softening systems.

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The Barrington Area Council Of Governments will host a water testing event Sept. 5 for Barrington-area residents who receive their water from private wells.

Households with private wells are advised to test for bacteria and nitrates on an annual basis to detect invisible, odorless contaminants. Bacteria and nitrates can result from animal or human waste or fertilizer components reaching the well water and can cause illness. At last year’s event, 13 percent of households tested positive for bacteria, officials said.

Residents of Barrington, Barrington Hills, Deer Park, Lake Barrington, North Barrington, South Barrington and Tower Lakes and the unincorporated areas of Barrington and Cuba townships are eligible.

Kits can be purchased for $12 between Aug. 27-31 at village and township offices of BACOG member communities. They can be dropped off between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sept. 5, at The Garlands of Barrington, 1000 Garlands Lane, Barrington. Results will be mailed to homeowners within two weeks.

The original Daily Herald article can be found here.

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After a three-year hiatus, officials in Deer Park recently decided to reverse course and rejoin the Barrington Area Council of Governments, a longstanding regional group focused on environmental issues.

Deer Park’s decision to leave BACOG was made by former elected officials, who since have been replaced, said Village Administrator Beth McAndrews. Elected in 2017, Village President Dale Sands has made rejoining the group a priority, along with re-establishing the village as a team player in the Barrington area, she said.

“We realize the benefits. We’re all similar communities,” McAndrews said. “You’re only as good as who you surround yourself with. (Sands) saw it as a benefit to our community.”

Sands could not be reached for comment.

Janet Agnoletti, executive director of BACOG, said the group was thrilled to welcome back one of its founding members.

The council first met in 1970 as a way for communities in the Barrington area to respond collaboratively to the “developmental and environmental pressures” facing towns that were then regarded as fledgling suburbs, she said.

BACOG now includes Barrington, Barrington Hills, Deer Park, Lake Barrington, North Barrington, South Barrington, Tower Lakes, Barrington Township and Cuba Township, Agnoletti said.

“They have been an active and key participant for all these years,” Agnoletti said of Deer Park. “They helped create the greater Barrington area by how they developed their area. Though they’ve been gone for a few years, we have always felt they are part of the BACOG family.”

To read the full story in the Chicago Tribune/Lake Zurich Courier, click here.

 

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WaterDropletBarrington Area Council of Governments will be offering residents an easy and affordable way to test water from their private wells, officials said.

Eligible to participate are residents in Barrington, Barrington Hills, Lake Barrington, North Barrington, South Barrington and Tower Lakes and the unincorporated areas of Barrington and Cuba Townships. From Monday, Oct. 2 through Friday, Oct. 6, residents can visit the government offices to buy a basic testing kit for a $16 reduced rate during typical business hours.

Water samples will be collected from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, at The Garlands of Barrington, 1000 Garlands Lane in Barrington As part of the Oct. 11 effort, there will be presentations and question-and-answer sessions at 1 and 5 p.m. on topics including water quality, iron and bacteria treatment and softening technology.

For more information, contact the Barrington Area Council of Governments at (847) 381-7871.

To read this story in the Daily Herald, click here. 

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bacog-sign-2Barrington Area Council of Governments has a new leader for 2017-18. Tower Lakes Village President David R. Parro recently was selected as chairman of the executive board. Lake Barrington Village President Kevin Richardson was re-elected as vice chairman. In addition, retired Cuba Township Supervisor David Nelson was honored for his 13 years of service to the organization. The Barrington Area Council of Governments is a regional membership organization that plans for development, legislation, environmental protection and services through intergovernmental cooperation. Members are the villages of Barrington, Barrington Hills, Lake Barrington, North Barrington, South Barrington and Tower Lakes and the townships of Barrington and Cuba. You can view the Daily Herald article here.

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Friday FlashbackFollowing are some of the articles published by The Observer in the month of January since 2010. 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.

BACOG cuts costs in hopes of keeping South Barrington – 2012

The Barrington Area Council of Governments has slashed its proposed annual budget by 25 percent in an effort to make continued involvement attractive to it members, particularly South Barrington.

One of the ways of doing that was to take up Barrington Hills Village President Robert Abboud’s offer to house the council’s administrative offices at his village hall, thus eliminating BACOG’s rent and utility costs for a time.

Read the Daily Herald article here, or view reader comments from the original Observer posting here.

Longmeadow Parkway fate may go to voters – 2013

If Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen gets his way, Kane County residents may be asked whether the county should proceed with long-planned improvement of transportation on the county’s north end.

Lauzen told County Board members Wednesday he would be reluctant to support further work on the proposed Longmeadow Parkway project without a demonstration of public support for the large, regional road project. Lauzen spoke at a meeting of the Kane County Board’s Transportation Committee.

Read the original “flip” preceding the later “flop” by Lauzen in the Northwest Herald article here.

Rosene rebuttal – 2015

A week ago we published our take on a 2005 document written by John Rosene that was presented to members of the Riding Club after the election of Bob Abboud that same year in an editorial titled, “We’ve been clubbed by commercial horse boarding” . Yesterday Mr. Rosene has shared his perspectives on that piece with us and has requested we publish them.

Read the original Observer post, Park District Commissioner Rosene’s perspectives and reader comments here.

Algonquin approves funding for Highland Avenue improvements – 2016

The Village Board has approved $1.2 million in funding for its Highland Avenue Roadway Improvement Project, which will bring improvements to about 4,700 feet of Highland Avenue and Spring Creek Road.

Assistant Village Manager Mike Kumbera said the project will reconstruct 3,500 feet of the road in Algonquin between Tanglewood Drive and the village limits and 1,200 feet of the road in Barrington Hills, from the village limits to Haegers Bend Road.

Kumbera said collaborating with Barrington Hills to do the whole stretch of road at once helped the village take advantage of economies of scale.

Read the full Northwest Herald article here.

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The Board of Trustees will be holding their regular monthly meeting Monday, December 19th, at 6:30 PM.  A copy of the agenda can be viewed here.

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