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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 for discussion include:

  • Planting larger trees for outdoor arena area
  • Trainer Registrations: Who qualifies as a trainer?
  • Choose Board Member to review and select new Monitor Candidate

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

As a reminder, 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 per the Open Meetings Act.

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TeaselPer the BHPD:

“Calling ALL VBH Volunteers for a Teasel Attack at both the Horizon Farm Forest Preserve and the Forest Preserve at the SE Corner of Bateman Road and route 62 on Saturday, June 5th. We meet at the ‘Hunt House’ (small grey house at the north end of the Barrinton Hills Park District property and park anywhere you find a spot) at 9:15am. Instruction will be given before we depart with my designated “Drivers” at 9:30 am SHARP.

Both targeted fields used to be outstanding places for equine riding enjoyment and can be again if we can stop the Teasel and other obvious invasive  from spreading any further! THIS IS THE YEAR to eradicate before the Teasel spreads any further along route 62. The wind from traffic and the IDOT cuttings forward the seeds more every year and it is now along every major highway in the northwest suburbs.

Cook County Forest Preserve has given unprecedented permission for us to have June 5th as our workday. You will want to wear sturdy shoes, protective pants (jeans preferable), and a shirt material that won’t collect burr seeds on it. Bring a pair of loppers, heavy or plasticized work gloves, and if possible heavy duty snippers. Those seed heads are going to have some stray seeds & we won’t want any to fall to the ground. Safety vests & bags will be provided for carefully snipping the seed heads and any berries directly into. We can leave canes and debris stacked in the open for nature to reclaim the vitamins. Wear sunscreen and consider wearing a full, wide-brimmed hat to ward off ticks.

Jimmy John’s subs will be provided to your work spot if we haven’t finished by shortly after twelve. If we have finished, you can grab & go with your Driver back to your car. Please bring your own water!

The Rain Date will be on June 6th, same time.

I need to know in advance who plans to attend in order to share important updates so please TEXT me with your name and cell # ASAP: 847-381-9487 ~. Feel free to share this info and encourage your friends and neighbors to participate; it’s a good way to meet others. Non-Residents are definitely WELCOME​!!! P DENISE ISRAEL”

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FRVPCThe Barrington Hills Park District has reversed an announcement they made two days ago regarding open and free admission to the Fox River Valley Pony Club Mini Event tomorrow and Sunday. Instead, tonight they dispatched the following in an email:

“To comply with the U.S. Pony Club’s current Covid safety guidelines, spectators will not be allowed to attend this weekend’s Mini Event.”

What a waste…

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FRVThe Fox River Valley Pony Club Mini Event is this weekend at the beautiful Barrington Hills Riding Center located at 364 Bateman Road. Spectators are welcome and admission is free.

NEW THIS YEAR! Dressage Divisions as well as the Mini and CT Divisions! Covid precautions will be in place per Park District and Forest Preserve guidelines.

For more information, click here.

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The Barrington Hills Park District Board will hold their regular monthly meeting this evening via Zoom at 7:00 PM. Some of the topics for discussion include:

  • Swearing in New Commissioner Drew McMahon
  • Planting new trees for outdoor arena area
  • Review of outdoor arena options and next steps
  • Review Draft of FRVH Cooperative Agreement insurance requirements
  • Hanover Park Youth Tennis Club use of tennis courts at Countryside School

Some may recall the April 14th agenda included, “Swearing in New Commissioners,” which we found odd since the Cook County Clerk had not yet certified the April 6th Consolidated General Election results yet. The Clerk’s April 27th certification of the election results can be viewed here.

Knowing what absolute sticklers our Park Board is when it comes to policies, procedures and the law, we have every confidence this was just (another) oversight or typo on their part.  We’ll see tonight.

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

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bhpd-logo-2-2021The Barrington Hills Park District Board will hold their regular monthly meeting this evening via Zoom at 7 PM. Some of the topics for discussion include:

  • Swearing in New Commissioners
  • Pickleball Court at Countryside School
  • Hanover Park Tennis Club use of tennis courts at Countryside School
  • Review of outdoor arena options and next steps

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

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OBH Capture

As previously reported, Brian Cecola has likely won the race for Village President (See “Cecola headed for victory in Barrington Hills president race”).

Here are the unofficial results for Village Board of Trustees:

  • David Riff  445
  • Thomas W. Strauss 428
  • Laura S. Ekstrom 467
  • Robert M Zubak 366
  • Brent Joseph Burval 349
  • Paula Jacobsen 389

County totals are seen below:

Cook

Cook County

Kane

Kane County

Lake Results

Lake County

McHenry Resilts

McHenry County

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With so many candidates running for various offices, we’d like to remind readers of the candidates The Barrington Hills Observer wholeheartedly endorses:

Pres VBHTrustee VBH220 VBH 1HC VBHBAL VBHBHPD VBH

If you haven’t already, Please Vote tomorrow! 

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Current Village of Barrington Hills Trustee Brian Cecola

Races for mayor and village president have been some of the most hotly contested showdowns in the Northwest suburbs this election cycle.

Here’s a recap of a handful of the headline-grabbing contests.

Barrington Hills

Two candidates are vying to become Barrington Hills’ next village president.

Brian Cecola, a business owner and six-year village trustee, is taking on Dennis Kelly, the Barrington Hills Park District board president and a local insurance broker.

Incumbent Martin McLaughlin won the state House 52nd District race in November and isn’t seeking reelection.

Cecola touted his hands-on experience in village government. Kelly touted his experience serving on the park board for eight years, saying he would bring a new set of eyes to village hall.

Cecola said the village has lowered its tax levy and cut spending during his tenure on the board and as chairman of the public safety and roads and bridges committees, while at the same time ramping up its road program.

Kelly, the former chairman of the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce board, said he would emphasize transparency (WHAT TRANSPARENCY?) and participation by residents if elected.

Read more here.

Related:Endorsement: Cecola for Barrington Hills village president

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OBH 1

Spring just sprung, and many find ourselves in the biennial rite of Village elections season. It is recognizable from campaign signs dotting the countryside to complete strangers ringing the door or gate bell of our five-acre sanctuaries from masked humanity saying, “Howdy Neighbor,” causing you to wonder what unannounced circumstances you’re in for.

For the uninitiated, it will be an opportunity to meet a neighbor.  For others it represents something akin to an unsolicited sales pitch trying to convince you to vote a certain way.  If it’s the latter, you’re likely encountering a “special interest club” member.

Some of these club members can be the nicest people you’ll ever meet.  Others, however, might say anything to sway your vote, and we’ve heard a lot of the classics.  Either way, these club members manage to get eighty to ninety percent of their membership roster to the polls; thus, the reason for our request for all residents to take the time to vote. Here are our reasons:

  • Four years ago, at the height of the special interest club’s campaign frenzy, current Village President Marty McLaughlin tied for McHenry County votes against his competitor. His winning margin was only 65 votes.
  • In this same election, two special interest club members won by just three and four votes, and they’re both running again as a ticket, despite the fact one has missed a quarter of Board of Trustees meetings (a years’ worth).

Currently, the special interest club is fronting four of their Cook County members as candidates who would represent a majority of seats on our Village Board of Trustees.  We believe it important the county be mentioned since most of their interests in running is county centric, such as the revival of commercial horse boarding conflict and wanting to have more control of the Forest Preserve of Cook County’s Horizon Farms on top of the extensive trail system.

Leading this group is the current president of the Barrington Hills Park District who is running for Village President.  Transparency is not in his vocabulary, nor is fiscal responsibility or expense reduction.  In fact, our Park District has seen a 17% increase in levies under his watch, and three month ago he asked what the legal limit was for raising the 2021 levy prior to the required formal hearing – and he then approved that maximum raise.

Contrast that with the repeated seven levy decreases we’ve experienced along with many other financial benefits our village has experienced in eight years.  Benefits such as lower taxes, vastly improved roads, legal expenses that are a small fraction of what they were under the prior village president, just to name a few.

The way to continue the positive progress Barrington Hills has benefited from is to elect candidates with the values instilled by Martin McLaughlin and Colleen KonicekHannigan when they first took office eight years ago.

To accomplish that, all residents reading this need to make every effort possible to vote. We’re confident Brian Cecola is up for the challenge to serve as President as are David Riff, Tom Strauss and Laura Ekstrom to serve as Trustees. They not only have our endorsement, but also the endorsements of those with the highest regard of most residents; Marty McLaughlin and Colleen Konicek Hannigan.

So yes, if you want to continue the positive momentum we’ve enjoyed for eight years, please take the time to vote!

Early voting times and locations can be found here.

Related: We’ve Been Clubbed by Commercial Horse Boarding

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