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The Riding Club of Barrington Hills (RCBH) recently released their April newsletter.  Topics covered this month include:

  • State of the trails
  • Saturday morning trail rides
  • 4th of July parade
  • What’s happening at the Park District, and
  • Forest Preserve

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

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The 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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Hart Road 1

Hart Road will be closing in two weeks.

The Lake County Division of Transportation will be closing Hart Road to through traffic from Route 14 (Northwest Highway) to Main Street/County Line Road (Lake-Cook Road) for approximately five months, beginning at 6 a.m. Thursday, June 2.

The closure is necessary to remove the existing culvert pipes, construct a new bridge over Flint Creek, add a bike path on the east side of the bridge, and resurface Hart Road from south of Route 14 to Main Street/County Line Road, officials said.

A detour will use Route 14 to Route 59 to Main Street. Local traffic will be allowed from Main Street/County Line Road north to Barrington High School and from Route 14 south to local businesses and the sports complex.

The road will be closed to all through traffic at Flint Creek.

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Big Red 6

The Barrington Hills Chronicle (a Riding Club of Barrington Hills splinter group), posted what follows on Wednesday:

“The Riding Club of Barrington Hills is inviting all volunteers this Saturday, May 14th, to a roadside clean-up campaign on Route 62 (Algonquin Road). A meeting at the the Riding Center on Bateman Road will start at 8:30am (this Saturday, May 14th), or feel free to join whenever it is convenient for you. Every Saturday in May is the clean-up plan.”

In addition, three additional events are taking place tomorrow:

These activities are occurring at the same time tomorrow morning, primarily along Bateman, Algonquin, Brinker, and County Line Roads.

Readers are encouraged to exercise extreme caution when driving in these areas. On any given day, the Village has two patrol people covering the entire Village, and even with additional resources allocated, they hopefully will not be overwhelmed.

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The 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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It’s spring again, which means it’s also tick season again.

Better weather means hikes, gardening and, in general, more people taking in the outdoors. As Illinoisans make plans to venture into the woods, they may want to add tick prevention to the list as tick season kicks into gear.

Mike Claffey, spokesman for the Illinois Department of Public Health, said anytime a person is in nature, even their backyard, they’re at risk of picking up a tick.

“It’s good when you get back to check your body for ticks after being outdoors, especially your socks and pants, and also check your dog,” he told The Center Square.

Dogs can pick up ticks and drop them in the house, putting humans at risk again.

Before heading out, gear up by wearing long sleeves, pants and an insect repellent with 10-30% DEET or a natural alternative like oil of lemon or eucalyptus, said Claffey.

“If you’re concerned about it, you can also tuck your trousers into your socks so there is less room for them to crawl up,” he said.

May is also Lyme Disease Awareness Month. Lyme Disease is the most common disease carried by ticks and can be caused by the bite of a black-legged tick. But there are other diseases that different types of ticks can carry that come with a range of symptoms.

Read more here, or visit the INHS Medical Entomology Program’s webpage.

Residents interested in looking up where ticks are prevalent in the state can check out the Illinois Tick Surveillance Map.

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Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District Board of Trustees pictured breaking ground last year on a $5 million fire station at 1004 S. Hough St.

The Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District (BCFPD) Board of Trustees meets tonight at 6:30 PM at 22222 N. Pepper Road in Lake Barrington.  Some of the topics on their agenda include:

  • Consideration and possible approval of Landscape agreement for 1004 S Hough (May we see the bids, please?)
  • Consideration and possible approval of salary adjustments for personnel (When was the last time personnel got an “adjustment,” and what “adjustment” is now being considered?)
  • Consideration and possible approval of a proposal for a new ambulance (What is being proposed, and how many companies bid?)

As one might suspect, we’re not pleased with the amount of information provided to tax payers by the BCFPD, and we haven’t been for years. Their agendas lack any information for residents to consider attending, and minutes are nonexistent for this or any other meeting according to their website.

We’ll have more to say on this lack of transparency, but for now, a copy of the agenda can be viewed and downloaded here.

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The Riding Club of Barrington Hills (RCBH) recently released their April newsletter.  Topics covered this month include:

  • First Weekly RCBH Obstacle Exposure
  • RCBH New Members
  • RCBH Sunny Sundays Brunch
  • RCBH Walk Only Trail Rides, and
  • RCBH Art Contest 2022

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

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BHPD New Masthead

The 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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Red Light Camera Ban

Chicago drivers were issued more speed tickets in 2021 than there are city residents. Annual ticket revenues doubled, but fatal crashes still increased.

Chicago speed cameras issued 2.81 million citations in 2021, sending more tickets to drivers in one year than there are residents in the nation’s third-largest city.

One of those tickets went to Dr. Ramiro Gumucio – his first speeding fine in three decades.

“I’m a physician. I’ve worked with a lot of trauma patients who were in car accidents, so I’ve always been cautious when it comes to speeding,” said Gumucio, who lives in the Sauganash neighborhood. “I found out by email I got my first ticket from the city last August for going 36 mph.”

An Illinois Policy Institute investigation found city speed cameras in 2021 collected $89 million from motorists – more than doubling revenues generated from the cameras in previous years. Of that amount, almost two-thirds, or $55.9 million, came just from the $35 tickets Mayor Lori Lightfoot wanted issued starting March 1, 2021, for going 6 to 10 mph over the limit. Above that, the speed camera fines are $100.

More here.

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