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The Heritage & Environs Committee will hold their monthly meeting tomorrow at 3:00 PM.  A copy of their agenda can be viewed here.

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The Barrington Hills Park District released an August newsletter to subscribers via email today.  This month’s updates include:

  • Countryside Elementary School basketball court is nearly complete
  • BraveHearts trail ride scheduled for September 27
  • Hills Are Alive Heritage Fest scheduled for October 16
  • Rules for equestrian trails in the Forest Preserves
  • RCBH Fun Show this Saturday at the Riding Center, and
  • The “user fee system” for the Riding Center will begin in January

To view a PDF copy of the BHPD newsletter release, click here.

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It’s said that the best gift you can give someone is your time, because you’re giving them something you can never get back.  Though many forget to recognize this often enough, two residents have provided more than their share of their valuable time for the benefit of everyone in Barrington Hills, and that’s why we are naming both of them as 2015 Shining Stars.

2015 BHO Shining Star Awards

Nearly three years ago, Colleen Konicek Hannigan and Martin McLaughlin made a choice to run for office at a time when Barrington Hills politics was highly charged.   They counted on the integrity they knew was inherent in most residents in their straightforward campaign, and now we can look back on the results of their efforts since they were elected.

Overall spending by the Village has decreased, particularly as it relates to legal fees.  This is due in no small part to their push for the appointment of new Village counsel with practical expertise in municipal and zoning laws — at nearly half the hourly rate of the former law firm.  Ending the protracted eighteen-year Sears lawsuit against our Village and South Barrington has had a significant effect as well.

For the second year in a row when they had input, the annual Village budget has decreased.  Even with these decreases, last year’s spending was nearly three quarters of a million dollars less than the 2014 budget.

The 2014 audit report best summarizes the fruit of their hard work by stating, “The reduction in spending can be attributed to reduced legal fees, and sound management practice, and reduced administrative expenses.”    

In addition to the Sears lawsuit, Colleen and Martin have also resolved other major legacy issues.  Two new labor agreements with our sworn Village police officers have been secured with the help of another accomplished new attorney which they engaged since our police unionized nearly six years ago in 2009 under the former administration.

Village road resurfacing now seems to be back on track after an all-time low of only 1.5 miles of roads maintained in 2009.  Additionally, with the assistance of Trustee Brian Cecola, new avenues for improving county and state roads in the Village should result in improved maintenance of vital thoroughfares such as Brinker Road.

And they shined a light on the controversial proposed Longmeadow Parkway project and brought it out of the shadows for residents in its path, as well as those who will be affected by it, with public meetings and updates from Kane County.

They’ve also done their share to bring our widely dispersed community together.  Three successful annual “Hills are Alive Heritage Fests”, at no cost to taxpayers, have been held since they were elected, and they have demonstrated that our residents welcome the opportunity to unite for an event to meet their neighbors, to learn about many community organizations and to share some family fun.

Despite this highly abridged summary of their contributions to their constituency thus far, it seems these two have not curtailed their other contributions to the community, nor their devotion to their full-time professional careers in their legal and financial practices.

Colleen continues to be an anchor planner, coordinator and participant in the Barrington Honor Ride and Run for wounded veterans, as well as participating in numerous other community and philanthropic events throughout the year.

Martin recently accepted the chairman’s role in BACOG and continues to serve in the Barrington Lions Club, in addition to being a father of five daughters.

We’re pleased to recognize Colleen Konicek Hannigan and Martin McLaughlin as the 2015 Shining Star award recipients.  Their time and dedication to the betterment of Barrington Hills, as well as their devotion to all in the surrounding community, cannot be overstated, nor can our appreciation for their hard work.

The Observer

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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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FestPhotos from the third annual Heritage Fest held Saturday have been posted to the Living 60010 website

Click here to access the album of 96 photos.

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Barrington Hills circa 1940

Barrington Hills circa 1940

In the years since The Observer began, we’ve been fortunate enough to accumulate some information on the rich history that occurred before and after Barrington Hills was officially incorporated in 1957.  Today seemed to be an appropriate time to share what we’ve discovered with our readers in advance of the third annual Barrington Hills Heritage Fest taking place tomorrow.

Some time ago, a reader shared a map with us depicting what life was like in this area in 1940, and it’s quite a unique contrast from the village we now live in today.

1940As one might imagine, Barrington Hills was once a large farm community.  Some were hobby farms owned by Chicago business people for weekend getaways.  Other properties were working farms supporting the livelihood of families providing food to people who worked in the city, and there was a surprising diversity in what people raised at the time.

For example, Orville Caesar built a dairy farm known as Dorvillee Dairy.  He had 100 cows and a poultry roost of 1,000 chickens where people now live off of Brinker Road.

Arthur Haeger, on the other hand, raised poultry for a different purpose on his 240 acres near the Fox River according to one historian.  He raised fighting cocks, which he sold at a high price at cock fights held around Cook County and on the south side of Chicago.

Others raised, bred and sometimes showed animals such as dairy and beef cattle, pedigreed pigs, dairy goats, polo ponies, wild game or dogs at that time.

Despite all the work involved in running these farms, many residents found time to relax and socialize with neighbors at that time.  The Barrington Hills Country Club was established in 1921, and today, it’s about the only landmark still recognizable on the 1940 map.  There were also two picnic grounds for neighbors to gather and children to play.

To view the 1940 map to discover what your property was used for or who owned it back then, click here.

Another resource we’ve found which dates back over 100 years into the history of Barrington Hills came from the Barrington Area Library.  The “Barrington Area Historical Street Atlas” provided a narrative of how roads came to be named in the area.

Notable names of residents from a century or more ago that are now remembered through road names such as Bateman, Bell, Caesar, Hart, Otis etc., and this atlas provided background accounts of how most roads we now live on in Barrington Hills came to be named.

A copy of the history of the naming of Barrington Hills roads can be downloaded by clicking here, or to view the entire atlas for the greater Barrington area, click here.

-The Observer

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Heritage Fest 2015

Once again this year we have a favorable weather forecast for Saturday’s 3rd annual “The Hills Are Alive Heritage Fest.”  No rain is predicted and temperatures will end up around 66 degrees when the fest opens at 1:00 PM at the Barrington Hills Park District Riding Center , located at 361 Bateman Rd.

There promises to be a lot of entertainment for everyone of all ages, including an animal show beginning at 1:30, featuring animals chosen by residents.  The varieties of animals that will be participating in the show were chosen by Village residents through their votes prior to the fest.

In addition, the first 300 residents to arrive after opening will get free food.  There will also be pony rides, a photo both for group or family pictures, hay rides, balloon creations, local organization displays and live entertainment by Mark Domanico.

The Heritage Fest runs from 1:00 – 5:00 PM.  There is no admission fee, and all entertainment is free.

Sponsorship for this year’s Heritage Fest is generously provided by the following service providers to Barrington Hills and residents:

Fest Sponsors

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