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RCBH

The Riding Club of Barrington Hills (RCBH) recently released their September, 2021 newsletter. One of the sections provides an “update” on the August meeting of the Village Equestrian Commission regarding, Equestrian Trail Licenses:

“The Equestrian Commission met on the 19th of August to discuss the continued need for the Equestrian Trail Licenses issued by the Village for the purpose of riding on the Village deeded easement trails. 

By Ordinance in June in 2005, certain trails traversing private land in the Village exist as easements recorded in favor of the Village. The easements are generally in and around the newer subdivisions in the Village where the Village and the Equestrian Commission worked successfully with developers subdividing tracts of land to protect the continuity of the trail network and to maintain the unique character of the Village. Easement trails are maintained by the RCBH.  As set forth in Title 6 and Section 8-5 of the Village Code, equestrian use of easement trails is allowed solely by licenses issued by the Village of Barrington Hills. 

There is an ongoing discussion with a need for further information. As soon as the Equestrian Commission has that information a date will be determined for the next meeting.”

In other words, they’d rather not reveal anything that was discussed. No surprise.

A copy of the RCBH newsletter can be viewed and downloaded here.

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bhpd-logo-2-2021The Barrington Hills Park District Board will hold their regular monthly meeting this evening in-person and via Zoom at 7:00 PM.  Some of the topics on their agenda include:

  • Outdoor arena bid status
  • Review of IGA/Horizon Farms status, and
  • Review final draft of Fox River Valley Hunt’s Cooperative Agreement with the Park District

A copy of their agenda can be viewed here. Instructions for accessing the meeting remotely can be found here.

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RV

South Barrington village officials are finalizing stricter rules for parking commercial trucks and recreational vehicles in town.

Under the proposed regulations, no commercial trucks — regardless of whether they’re emblazoned with a company name or logo — could be stored or parked on any residential property except in enclosed garages.

Current village code bans truck parking of any kind on residential properties of less than 5 acres.

As for RVs, if the proposal is adopted, parking similarly will be forbidden on any residential property — not just those less than 5 acres — except in enclosed garages.

Temporary exceptions would apply, however.

The current parking rules include a 48-hour exemption for loading recreational vehicles, and that would continue. But under the new proposal, such parking would be allowed only four times each year, and the stays would have to be at least one week apart.

An existing rule limiting outdoor RV parking or storage to two weeks per year on dates that are at least six months apart would remain in place.

Read more here.

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MW

Barrington village trustees voted 4-1 on Monday to approve the Motor Werks auto dealership’s plan to build a nearly 19,000-square-foot car wash called “Wash Werks” in a vehicle inventory parking lot off Grove Avenue. (Paul Valade | Staff Photographer)

A proposed car wash on property of the Motor Werks auto dealership in Barrington was approved Monday in a 4-1 vote the village board.

Trustees Jason Lohmeyer, Todd Sholeen, Mike Moran and Village President Karen Darch voted “yes” Monday night. Trustee Emily Young voted “no.”

Trustee Kate Duncan recused herself and Trustee Jennifer Wondrasek was absent.

Patty Dowd Schmitz, director of communications for Barrington, said the village board “was pleased to see that working through the full process of assessing an important development project in our community played out positively and constructively.”

Village officials already had asked the dealership to forego a 90-square-foot LED sign at the northwest corner of Dundee Road and Grove Avenue, and instead install a non-LED sign.

The final plan for the car wash includes a greater vegetation buffer, a 3-foot masonry wall at the entrance, a right-turn only exit, lighting reduction after 9 p.m. and a reduction of operating hours on Saturdays and Sundays.

Read the full story here.

Related: “Plans for car wash near Barrington auto dealership meets opposition from neighbors

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MW Car Wash

Motor Werks in Barrington, upper left, wants to build a nearly 19,000-square-foot car wash called “Wash Werks” on the west side of the existing Grove Avenue vehicle inventory parking lot, below. Nearby residents are not happy. (Paul Valade | Staff Photographer)

The Motor Werks auto dealership in Barrington wants to build a nearly 19,000-square-foot car wash, a plan that the village asked to be tweaked after negative reaction from nearby residents.

The new “Wash Werks” would be located on the grounds of a vehicle inventory parking lot, east of the dealership at Barrington and Dundee roads. The dealership’s existing car wash would become primarily for internal use.

Residents who live in nearby subdivisions in Barrington and Inverness have expressed several concerns about the proposal, including that it would increase traffic and add excessive noise and lighting.

Motor Werks representatives declined to comment.

The auto dealership commissioned traffic and sound studies that showed levels would be acceptable once the car wash begins operations. The village’s traffic consultant concurred with the assessment regarding traffic, village spokeswoman Patty Dowd Schmitz said.

Village staff members, however, didn’t agree with the dealership’s plan for a 90-square-foot LED sign at the northwest corner of Dundee Road and Grove Avenue. Two village commissions recommended the village board approve an alternate non-LED sign.

The village board met July 19 and gave its feedback taking into account comments from staff, commissioners and the public.

Read more here.

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Village Hall

The Village Equestrian Commission meets this evening at 6:30 PM.   Topics on their agenda include:

  • Equestrian Trail License
  • 9th Annual The Hills Are Alive Fall Festival

The chair has submitted her summary of the “Equestrian Trail License” topic beginning on page three of the agenda which can be found here.

We have our own perspective(s) on the license matter, but for now, we’ll sit back and observe.

Related:Riding Club August newsletter released

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Plum Farms

The Executive Director of the Hoffman Estates Park District will be providing a report on Plum Farms this evening to the BHPD Commissioners.

The Barrington Hills Park District Board will hold their regular monthly meeting this evening in-person and via Zoom at 7:00 PM.  Some of the topics on their agenda include:

  • Hoffman Estates Park District Executive Director report on Plum Farms
  • Motion to adopt and approve a Sexual Harassment Policy
  • New outdoor arena, motion to proceed with bidding process
  • Purchase of trees & shrubs for the Riding Center grounds
  • Footing complaints affecting all arenas, and
  • The need for final footing authority?

A copy of their agenda can be viewed here. Instructions for accessing the meeting remotely can be found here.

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RCBH

The Riding Club of Barrington Hills has released their August, 2021 newsletter.  A section includes definitions of three major types of riding trails in the Village and Cook County as:

  • Trails on private property
  • Village deeded equestrian trails, and
  • Forest Preserve trails

A copy of their newsletter can be viewed and downloaded here.

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bhpd-logo-2-2021The Barrington Hills Park District Board will hold their regular monthly meeting this evening in-person and via Zoom at 7:00 PM.

A copy of their agenda can be viewed here. Instructions for accessing the meeting remotely can be found here.

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two-horsesThe Equestrian Commission meets this evening for the first time in a year at 6:30 PM. The agenda the commission submitted (and NO, we are NOT kidding) is as follows:

  • Public comments
  • [Vote] Minutes – June 1, 2020 (None providedas of this posting)
  • Old Business As presented (None presented as of this posting)
  • New Business As presented (None presented as of this posting)
  • Adjournment

Click here to view and download the agenda as submitted.

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