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Hoffman Estates officials have scheduled a pair of meetings for local governments and the public to weigh in on a proposed tax incentive to encourage development on the north corners of the intersection of Higgins and Old Sutton roads.

The village is proposing the tax increment financing district for 24 acres at the northeast corner and 16 acres at the northwest corner, independent of any existing development plan — including the Plums Farms concept that’s been stalled for two years.

Including adjacent right of way, the proposed TIF district would cover 64 acres. Initial revenue from the TIF would pay for public utilities on the land.

A Joint Review Board made up of the local governments that would see their tax revenues affected by the TIF district is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Hoffman Estates village hall, 1900 Hassell Road.

Read more here.

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Neighborhoods throughout Barrington are invited to join over 38 million people in 16,000-plus communities from all across the country for National Night Out. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.

From 5:30 to 8:30 PM on Thursday, Aug. 8, at the intersection of Cook and Station streets in Barrington, neighbors throughout Barrington are asked to lock their doors, turn on their front porch lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and law enforcement.

Barrington’s National Night Out is an annual tradition hosted by the Barrington Police Department that includes family-friendly activities including games, face painting, balloon art, and kids’ wooden workshop kits; free bike helmets and bike safety checks; a K9 demonstration; a distracted driving simulation, and the opportunity for kids to explore (and climb in and on) public safety vehicles; and much more. Always popular are the Trackless Train Rides on “Little Obie.”

In addition, Pizza Factory, Sergio’s, Rosati’s, & Primo Pizza have generously donated food for the evening — everyone eats for free. For information, please contact Jennifer Wisniewski at (847) 304-3303 or policeadmin@barrington-il.gov.

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The village of Barrington Hills is making plans to improve the 5-mile stretch of Algonquin Road between Routes 25 and 68. 

Algonquin Road, also known as Route 62, is being studied to determine whether it should be widened.

The project is in Phase 1, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2020. Phase 1 should cost about $3.5 million, said Guy Tridgell, director of communications for the Illinois Department of Transportation.  

The improvements are in response to the construction of the Longmeadow Parkway Tollway Bridge, Barrington Hills Village President Martin McLaughlin said. The bridge will span the Fox River and connect Randall Road in the west to Algonquin Road in the east, increasing traffic by about 8,000 cars on Algonquin Road.

Read more from the Northwest Herald here.

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An 86-year-old man died Monday evening after being struck by a car, Barrington Hills police said. The crash occurred just before 5:45 p.m. at Dundee Road near Potter Lane, according to a news release issued late Monday night.

Dundee Road remained closed between Bateman and Healy roads until 10:30 p.m. while authorities investigated.

The driver cooperated with investigators. The victim’s name was being withheld pending notification of his family.

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The Illinois Department of Transportation will be conducting a second public meeting tomorrow, June 25th, regarding their, “Illinois Route 62 Phase 1 Study.” The meeting is scheduled from 4PM – 7PM at the Barrington Park District located at 235 Lions Drive, Barrington.

IDOT’s first public meeting on the topic was held November 9th, 2017, so clearly they are taking their time. For those wishing to review what was covered at that first meeting, click here.

Those wishing to explore IDOT’s website covering further information on their progress (or lack thereof), on plans to widen Algonquin Road to four lanes in Barrington Hills, click here.      

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Barrington Community Unit School District 220 held the first in a series of public information sessions Saturday, aimed at giving stakeholders more information and answering questions about the $185 million the district is asking for on a referendum put on the ballot in the upcoming election.

Making all 12 school buildings in SD220 safe and secure is the foremost goal of the money, according to Superintendent Brian Harris. The money would come through issuing bonds.

School officials have said the bond issuance would be used to cover a number of improvements, including $87.5 million in proposed work at Barrington High School, $61.2 million for the district’s elementary schools and $36.5 million at its two middle schools..

Harris and three school board members told more than 100 people during an information session Saturday Feb. 23 at Barrington High School about the projects the money will fund and the impact the levy increase will have on their property tax bills.

Read more from the Barrington Courier-Review here.

Editorial note: The Observer will have more to report on the District 220 Referendum as well as our opinions on the matter before early voting begins on March 18.

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bcfpd-logoBarrington Countryside Fire Protection District officials say they plan to be a good neighbor if a new station for ambulance calls is built near a middle school and a building serving young children on an unincorporated site along Dundee Road.

Fire district officials attended a special meeting Tuesday night at Barrington Middle School-Prairie Campus to address concerns with the proposal for 36 E. Dundee Road.

Barrington Area Unit District 220 officials say their concerns about the planned third station include noise disrupting learning and traffic. District 220 board President Brian Battle said elected officials will decide whether to file an objection to the plan with the Cook County zoning board of appeals.

“We’re trying to be, I think, a responsible school board,” Battle said. “We’re trying to weigh what we think would be kind of an impact on the education of this (Prairie) campus, along with trying to weigh the public safety issues that have been identified by our friends at the fire protection district. We’re trying to find that right balance.”

The entire Daily Herald article can be read here.

 

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