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WaterDropletBarrington Area Council of Governments will be offering residents an easy and affordable way to test water from their private wells, officials said.

Eligible to participate are residents in Barrington, Barrington Hills, Lake Barrington, North Barrington, South Barrington and Tower Lakes and the unincorporated areas of Barrington and Cuba Townships. From Monday, Oct. 2 through Friday, Oct. 6, residents can visit the government offices to buy a basic testing kit for a $16 reduced rate during typical business hours.

Water samples will be collected from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, at The Garlands of Barrington, 1000 Garlands Lane in Barrington As part of the Oct. 11 effort, there will be presentations and question-and-answer sessions at 1 and 5 p.m. on topics including water quality, iron and bacteria treatment and softening technology.

For more information, contact the Barrington Area Council of Governments at (847) 381-7871.

To read this story in the Daily Herald, click here. 

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VBH__LogoThe Board of Health will hold a special meeting today at 7:30 PM.  The agenda and e-packet materials can be found here.

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vote Both major regional newspapers recently released the responses to their Candidate Questionnaires.

Here are the trustee candidate questionnaires published in the Northwest Herald.

To read village president candidates’ answers to the Northwest Herald’s questions, click here.

The link to the Daily Herald’s village president profiles is here, and the trustee candidate profile link is here.

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Audio recordings from a special Zoning Board of Appeals public hearing on November 9th are available for review on the Village website.  The link to the menu of audio recordings edited by agenda topic can be accessed by clicking here.

The purpose of the meeting was to hear testimony from residents regarding a proposed change to zoning codes returning commercial horse boarding to the Home Occupation Ordinance temporarily to provide the Zoning Board members time to craft more appropriate codes than those in the 2015 Anderson II codes.

Residents spent about two hours providing testimony with varying opinions, both for and against, regarding reverting to the Home Occupation Ordinance.

The developer of Barrington Hills Farm in unincorporated McHenry County read a prepared statement, after which he was once again asked to document the “clique of area residents associated with high density commercial housing development,” he referred to in a letter to all Village residents last July (seen here).

Once again, this witness refused to provide that documentation as can be heard here, but listening closely to his initial response to the question, one can hear, ”There’s no documents.”

The balance of the testimony provided little new evidence the board hadn’t already heard since they began this process back in June.  The link to the beginning of the remarks can be accessed here.

The board spent about 45-minutes discussing the testimony they’d heard and expressing their own opinions regarding the Anderson II code and what should be done with it.  This was in addition to the nearly three hour meeting they’d held on October 17th covering this same topic.

One member referred to it as a “loaded gun sitting on a chair” on more than one occasion.  Others phrased their concerns over the Anderson II language differently, but ultimately the board voted 6-1 to recommend the Board of Trustees repeal Anderson II and reinstate Home Occupation Ordinance codes to manage horse boarding operations.

The recording of the discussion and vote can be accessed here.

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In the summer of 2014 when the then Zoning Board of Appeals was considering four proposals for amending commercial horse boarding codes, we pointed out how four members of the board at that time had potential conflicts of interest (see “Conflicted”), particularly since one of the proposals was from a private riding club to which the four belonged.

However, what we were unaware of at that time is that an attorney on the Zoning Board, for which the current commercial boarding code was named, has been preparing IRS tax filings for the Riding Club of Barrington Hills since at least 2004.  In fact, just a month before the Riding Club submitted their proposal in June of 2014, this Zoning Board member prepared the 2013 IRS form 990 for the Riding Club as seen below:

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A complete copy of the 2013 Riding Club tax return can be viewed here,  and historic returns dating back to 2004, including the most recent one filed this year, can be accessed by clicking here (once you access the site, click on the “Tax Documents” tab to view all available filed returns).

Had we been aware of this professional business relationship at the time the Zoning Board was considering adopting new horse boarding code, we would have made residents aware.  This appointed official did not volunteer this information for consideration by the board or counsel before or during the proceedings.

We believe this may be one more reason for the Board of Trustees to concur with the current Zoning Board of Appeals recommendation and vote in favor of repealing the Anderson II codes.  At least then, the current Zoning Board members can begin with a clean slate.

-The Observer

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Following a public hearing held on November 9th, the Zoning Board of Appeals voted 6-1 in favor of sending a recommendation to the Village Board of Trustees to repeal the so-called Anderson II or LeCompte/Anderson commercial horse boarding amendments to Village Codes enacted in 2015.  The sole dissenting vote was cast by Patrick Hennelly.

Zoning Board members discussed creating appropriate and fair new codes for horse boarding in the future, however the consensus seemed to be that the Anderson II amendment allowed far too much adverse exposure to neighboring property owners to remain on the books in the interim.  Horse boarding will fall back under the Home Occupation Ordinance as it had been since 2006 under the board’s recommendation.

As always, when audio recordings from the meeting become available, we’ll have much more to report from the three and a half hour meeting Wednesday night.

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The Zoning Board of Appeals will be holding a special meeting this evening at 6:30 PM at Countryside Elementary School to hold a public hearing on a text amendment proposal to the Village zoning codes related to commercial horse boarding.

A copy of the proposed text amendment can be viewed here, and a copy of the agenda for the meeting can be viewed here.

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