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The Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District Board meets at  6:30 PM at 22222 N. Pepper Road in Lake Barrington.  A copy of their agenda can be viewed here.

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The Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District (BCFPD) Board of Trustees usually meets on the third Monday of the month. However, no agenda is posted on the District’s website, nor is a notice of cancellation of the meeting.

If the meeting goes forward this evening, the Board should note:

“Public bodies that have a website must post the agenda of any regular meetings of the governing body (i.e. County Board, Board of Trustees, Board of Commissioners, School Board, etc) at least 48 hours prior to said meeting. Any agenda of a regular meeting that is posted on a public body’s website shall remain posted until the regular meeting is concluded.”

For the recorded, this is not the first time we’ve noticed the BCFPD has neglected to post required notifications.  If an agenda appears later today, we’ll notify readers.

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RCBH

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 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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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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The Advisory Committee to the Barrington Hills Park District Board meets this evening at 7:00 PM.  Some of the topics on their agenda include:

  • New At Large Alternate/Representatives/Election of new AC Chair
  • Open Meetings Act Training
  • Installation of fencing and gates between Riding Center and Bateman Road

A copy on the agenda can be viewed here.  Residents are invited to participate via Zoom, and the instructions can be found here.

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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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R&B Mar 2020

The Roads & Bridges Committee will meet today at 4:00 PM. The primary focus of the meeting appears to be the review of bids submitted for the 2022 Road Program.

Eight companies submitted bids.  The highest bid was $669,866.48 from Geske and Son, and the lowest was $373,441.63 from Orange Crush.

A copy of the agenda can be viewed here.

Related: “Village invites bids for 2022 Summer Road Program

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Flock

As Illinois police departments lobby city councils on the importance of cameras to combat crime, some are raising concerns about the right to privacy.

The American Civil Liberties Unions has released a report on Flock Safety, a company that sells license plate reading camera systems to taxing bodies. The ACLU report looks at how the technology is building a form of mass surveillance never seen before in American life.

Flock systems have been installed in 1,400 cities (including our Village) across the country and photograph more than a billion vehicles every month. Its ambition is to expand to “every single city in America.”

“We are concerned about all of this massive influx of technology over the last year or so and the question of what really happens to it and ultimately utilized,” said Ed Yohnka, director of communications and public policy with ACLU of Illinois.

Champaign and Peoria are using the technology.

In Springfield, taxpayers are paying $415,000 for 83 cameras to be installed in certain areas of the city.

Bloomington city leaders this month voted to install the license plate cameras despite opposition from the Central Illinois chapter of the ACLU.

Yohnka said company officials are using fear as a way to sell their products.

“The marketers of these systems are telling local leaders that they can adopt these systems in order to fight a recent spike in gun violence,” Yohnka said. “There’s actually no evidence that it works that way or that it will help in terms of that.”

Read more here.

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