Archive for the ‘TRAC’ Category

Following are some of the stories reported by The Observer in May 2010 and 2011.  These articles, gathered from various publications, are noteworthy for residents in that they remind us of where we’ve been as a community.  Readers can view further articles from those and other prior months by utilizing the “Archives By Month” menu tool on the right sidebar in all page views of this website.

Barrington Hills reaches agreement with CN – 2010

Canadian National Railway Co. has agreed to spend money in Barrington Hills, putting cameras at railroad crossings and doing engineering work at a dam at Flint Creek, among other projects.

The full Daily Herald story can be viewed here.

Limiting government is the only solution – 2010

As a 50-plus year resident of Barrington Hills, I am forced to respectfully disagree with our current Mayor. (April 20 Fence Post) and small businessman. The health care bill is socialistic and probably unconstitutional.

This resident’s Letter to the Editor was in response to President Abboud’s April 2010 letteren titled, “It’s about business, not about socialism, and can be read in its entirety here.

Barrington Hills landowner agrees to remove massive wood piles – 2010

A Barrington Hills landowner and McHenry County struck a deal Wednesday settling at least some issues in an ongoing legal dispute over massive stacks of logs, branches and other wood piled on his property.

This was not the last of this story, but the account at the time can be read here

Fur Keeps Animal Rescue at Center of Controversy – 2011

An online petition demanding an investigation of Fur Keeps Animal Rescue in Barrington Hills has been countered by a petition asking supporters of Fur Keeps to share their success stories.

The full Algonquin Patch story can be viewed here

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The Village of Barrington along with The Regional Answer to Canadian National (TRAC) has filed a petition to make Canadian National (CN) trains safer as they pass through town.

The petition stems from problems found surrounding a CN freight train derailment in Rockford in 2009. The train derailed, spilling ethanol from several tank cars, causing a massive fire that killed one woman and injured several others.

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Hoffman Estates officials are saying Canadian National Railway is reneging on part of a 2008 deal to offset effects from its merger with the Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railroad.

Village Attorney Arthur Janura said the conflict stems from CN wanting Hoffman Estates to assume responsibility for maintaining an easement, part of which falls outside the village.

Read more: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20101006/news/710079843/#ixzz1OixajfOZ

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Canadian National Railway Co. has agreed to spend money in Barrington Hills, putting cameras at railroad crossings and doing engineering work at a dam at Flint Creek, among other projects.

Barrington Hills Village President Robert Abboud said Wednesday he doesn’t think the agreement with CN will affect the continuing efforts of Barrington and nearby towns to fight the CN’s purchase of the Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railroad, which is bringing increased freight rail traffic through the region.

Read more: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20100506/news/305069951/#ixzz1OhX9HV4u

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For Faith Rawley, the difference between life before and after the merger of the Canadian National Railroad and the EJ&E railway is measured in vibrations.
Read more: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20100228/news/302289939/#ixzz1OhBKdCl7

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The U.S. Surface Transportation Board announced it will consult an independent third party when reviewing Canadian National Railway Co.’s quarterly environmental reports and monthly operations reports required as part of the company’s purchase of the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railroad tracks.

“We are pleased that the STB acted upon our request and decided to further investigate the serious safety and environmental concerns we are experiencing as the result of CN’s purchase of the EJ&E,” said Barrington Village President Karen Darch.


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“Barrington and Aurora officials Wednesday met separately with new Surface Transportation Board Chairman Dan Elliott, a day after he toured the EJ&E rail line with representatives of its new owner, Canadian National.”


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“A proposal to scale back part of a freight train congestion-relief project caught criticism from a coalition opposing the Canadian National Railway’s purchase of the EJ&E railroad.”


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