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The Village has released the audio recordings from the December 7th quarterly meeting of the Equestrian Commission.

There were no formal comments made during public comment, however attendees were allowed to comment or ask questions when recognized by the chair throughout the meeting.  This more informal format is used for most Barrington Hills meetings, excluding the Village and Zoning Board meetings.

The first item covered in the meeting was the status of Horizon Farms.  Trustee Maison, liaison to the commission, provided the update, which can be heard here.

Village attorney Patrick Bond then spoke about the status of horse boarding in Barrington Hills as it stands currently in our Village Codes.  His presentation can be heard here.

It was surprising that none of the estimated 20 residents in attendance, or any of the commission members had questions or comments after Bond’s comments.  Considering the misinformation circulating throughout the Village on this topic in the last few years, one might have expected some interaction, but there was only silence.

When the topic of equestrian trail maps was discussed, there was interaction.

The Riding Club of Barrington Hills has expressed a desire to convert some of the private trails on homeowners’ properties to legal easements deeded to the club.  Two cases in which a swimming pool and a garden had been constructed which disrupted the trails were cited as factors for their desire to have better control of their trails.

It was suggested that if the trails were deeded to the Riding Club, this might be avoided, and a club representative in the audience stated that Riding Club would bear the cost of the filing fee.  Interested residents can contact the Riding Club, and the recording of that discussion can be heard here.

The agenda subject of “Equestrian Information on Website & in newsletter” also proved to be quite interesting.  The chair began the discussion by stating, “We have a number of equestrian clubs in Barrington Hills, and our events overlap.  For example, the Riding Club had a sector ride on the same day as the Village held ‘Hills Are Alive’, and so we couldn’t participate.”

Citing this recent scheduling “conflict,” she went on to express the desire to have one central calendar that all equestrian clubs may use for planning purposes, and to provide the public an opportunity to see all Village equestrian events, hunts or shows.

The chair then requested that the Village invite the Riding Club, Polo Club, Fox River Hounds, the Pony Club and the Barrington Hills Park District to utilize the Village government’s calendar for scheduling and information purposes, as well as add links to those organizations’ websites.

This seems like a reasonable concept, however the Barrington Area Library already provides a community calendar for this purpose, as seen here.

Furthermore, if the Village were to extend such an invitation, other organizations within the Village should be allowed to participate as well.  Garden clubs, youth scouting organizations, public and private schools, conservation groups and houses of worship, among others, would likely wish to have their notices posted to the calendar as well.

There’s also the matter of resources to be considered.  If the Village were to take on this responsibility, the time required to maintain such a calendar might become too great, thus detracting from other duties performed by Village Hall staff.

If the Village does decide to proceed with this initiative, the one suggestion we have is to create separate calendars for government business and community events.  Otherwise, the current calendar would likely become very muddled, thus making it more difficult for residents only interested in government meeting information to find what they’re looking for.

The link to the full Village website utilization discussion recording can be accessed here.  The menu of edited recordings by agenda topic for the entire meeting can be accessed here.

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CCFP Horizon - CopyHorizon Farms, the nearly 400-acre former equestrian estate in Barrington Hills, was opened to the public by the Forest Preserves of Cook County this month, although some of the property’s features remain off-limits.

Dave Kircher, a chief landscape architect for the forest preserve, said about 4 miles of multi-use trails are open to hikers, bicyclists and horse riders, while plans continue for the rest of property’s unique features.

Read more here.

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The Village has released the fall 2014 Village newsletter.  Some of the topics covered in this issue include:

  • Closure of the longstanding Sears lawsuit against the Village
  • Rationales for improving Village legal representation
  • Commercial horse boarding text amendment updates
  • Police Chief Murphy’s retirement later this month, and
  • Plans for the 2014 Fall Heritage Fest on October 25

A copy of the newsletter can be downloaded here.

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Cook%20CountyThe Forest Preserve District of Cook County has recently released their “Trail Master Plan & Policy.”  The plan addresses current and planned changes for paved, unpaved and mowed trails as well as equestrian and mountain bike friendly trails.

The report also provides results of their 2013 survey of trail usage and satisfaction throughout the greater Cook County forest preserves areas.

A copy of the plan can be downloaded here.

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A copy of the latest Village newsletter (616 KB) can be downloaded by clicking here.

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Local Groups’ Conservation Leaders Recognized with a “Grassroots Conservation Leadership Award” bestowed by Audubon Chicago Region and the Chicago Wilderness Habitat Project.

Ginger Underwood of Barrington Hills will accept a unique regional award acknowledging her work as President of the Friends of Spring Creek, and her support for this natural area in cooperation with Spring Creek Stewards. Ginger has been actively involved in a variety of roles with the preserve, and has worked creatively since 2003 to garner support and resources for the ongoing work there. Her outreach to neighbors, local officials, and the equestrian community have combined with creatively designed special events to attract neighbors, local officials, and the boards of interested organizations.

For the full story, click here

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Ginger Underwood is on the board of Citizens for Conservation, which nominated her for the Hall of Fame. But her work in the area of conservation has contributed to many organizations throughout the region.

Perhaps her most notable achievement since turning 60 has been her leadership of the renaissance of Spring Creek Forest Preserve, says CFC’s Peggy Simonson. In 2005, Ginger joined a group of conservationists, including CFC, Audubon-Chicago Region and Friends of the Forest Preserves, in a collaborative effort to restore this huge ecosystem. She successfully completed training to become a Cook County Master Steward and later was a founding board member of Friends of Spring Creek, which works to conserve and protect the 4,000-acre preserve. She is currently president of the group.

Read more: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20110604/news/706049880/#ixzz1OnZQ1yel

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