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The Cook County Building and Zoning Committee has turned down a special use request from the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District to construct a fire station close to two Barrington public school buildings.

The decision was made at the committee’s March 20 meeting.

In Barrington School District 220, the Early Learning Center and Barrington Middle School — Prairie Campus, both at 40 E. Dundee Road, would be impacted by siren noise and added traffic, said Cook County Commissioner Kevin Morrison, D-15th District.

The two schools are in Morrison’s district, and Wednesday’s vote was 0-14 against the fire district’s proposal, he said.

“We have children there 3 to 6 years old and many of them have sensory issues,” Morrison told Pioneer Press.

Read more here.

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The Third Annual Public Town Hall Forum, featuring updates from local taxing bodies, will be held on at 8 a.m. April 24 at The Garlands of Barrington, 1000 Garlands Way., Barrington.

The event, hosted by The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce, will provide updates on local public services in the Barrington area, as well as a Q&A session with forum speakers.

Invited speakers include representatives from the Barrington Area Library, Barrington Community School District 220, Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District, Barrington Hills Park District, Barrington Park District, Barrington Township, Cuba Township, Harper College and South Barrington Park District.

The cost to attend the event is $35 per person, which includes a buffet breakfast. Registration and breakfast begin at 7:30 a.m. To register call (847) 381-2525 or visit the BACC website at www.BarringtonChamber.com.

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This Sunday September 30th from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., the Village is holding the 6th annual The Hills Are Alive Festival at the Barrington Hills Park District Riding Center, 361 Bateman Road.  The free event will go on, rain or shine, with attractions being moved inside the indoor riding arena in case of inclement weather.  Below is a press release from Village Hall.

“For the 6th year, Village of Barrington Hills is hosting a Community Fall Festival. This year’s event promises to be another spectacular day! 

Whether you are new to our community, a longtime resident or a friend from a neighboring village,  this is the perfect opportunity for camaraderie, meet ‘n greet,  and simply enjoying fun, food, attractions and entertainment to satisfy all ages.

New draws this year are the Climbing Rock Wall, Dunk Tank, Equestrian Drill Team & Barrel Racing, Blacksmithing Demo, Interactive Animal Show, Make Your Own Ice Cream–just to name a few.  Check out the full listing below with the associated times.

Of course, no fest would be complete without great BBQ, Grilled Meats, Sides, Cold Beer, Chilled Wine and something for the sweet tooth!  See you there!”

 

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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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Screen Shot 2018-08-09 at 3.17.59 PMNo one was injured and three Porsche cars were largely spared Wednesday night when a fire caused about $200,000 damage at a Barrington Hills home, officials say.

Barrington-Countryside Fire Protection District firefighters responded about 7:15 p.m. to a fire at a home along Ridgecroft Lane, just south of Spring Creek Road, officials said. Firefighters found a garage fully engulfed in flames and called for backup crews

Firefighters shuttled in water from surrounding departments because there aren’t fire hydrants in the area. Officials said it took 20 minutes for firefighters to control the blaze which had spread through the attic of the garage and house.

It appears the fire might have started in a golf cart parked outside the home, officials said, though the investigation continues.

The homeowners were not displaced.

More than 20 fire departments assisted in response to the blaze.

The full Daily Herald article can be found here.

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In the early hours of Thursday morning, local fire departments were called to a home located in the vicinity of Paganica & Oak Knoll Road to respond to a fire call. Trucks from the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District (BCFPD) arrived on scene to find flames already through the roof and, within minutes,  it appeared that a potential collapse was eminent. Fortunately, the homeowners and pets were not injured and escaped the residence safely.

At this early hour, it appears that there is substantial loss to the home. Several area fire departments responded with water tender and tanker trucks to assist BCFPD. With last night’s storm and significant amount of lightning associated with it, early speculation is that a lightning strike may have been the cause.

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Residents and commuters have been advised to avoid the Hart Road/Oak Knoll and Paganica area this morning as fire crews are completing their work.

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BACC-HiRes-cropSeveral officials representing schools, libraries, park districts and other local governments in the Barrington area will address the issues facing their constituents during an upcoming public forum.

Hosted by the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce, the second annual “Public Town Hall Forum” lets Barrington area residents hear from their local officials directly and under one roof, said Suzanne Corr, president and CEO of the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce.

“This public town hall forum offers residents and business leaders in the Barrington area a chance to hear firsthand vital information about how their tax dollars are being used in our communities,” Corr said in a news release.

Attendees also can submit questions to the speakers during the event, which starts at 8 a.m. April 25 at Makray Memorial Golf Club, 1010 S. Northwest Highway, Barrington.

To register for the event, interested residents can call 847-381-2525 or visit the chamber’s web site at www.barringtonchamber.com.

The speakers for this year’s forum include Jesse Henning, the new executive director of the Barrington Area Library; Brian Harris, superintendent of Barrington School District 220; Jim Kreher, fire chief of the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District; Dennis Kelly, treasurer of the Barrington Hills Park District; Teresa Jennings, executive director of the Barrington Park District; Jay Morgan, executive director of the South Barrington Park District; and Kenneth Ender, president of Harper College, the chamber said.

To read the full article in the Chicago Tribune, click here.

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