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No injuries were reported after lightning struck a Barrington Hills house Tuesday morning, authorities said.

The Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District was dispatched at 7:07 a.m. for the lightning strike at 30W807 Longmeadow Drive. The first arriving units arrived on scene and initially did not see any flames from the front of the structure. Upon further examination, a small fire was seen in a window on the second floor above the garage.

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All told, District 220 will likely spend over $1M on this property.

Barrington Area Unit District 220 is exploring the idea of demolishing a house it bought from a fire district, then using the Dundee Road property for improving traffic flow and parking at two adjacent schools.

District 220 purchased the roughly 1-acre site with a vacant house at 36 E. Dundee Road from the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District. The $500,000 deal was struck this year after Cook County rejected a controversial plan to build a new fire station on the site between Barrington Middle School-Prairie Campus and District 220’s early learning center.

Assistant Superintendent of Business Services David Bein said the first move would be to demolish the single-family house. He said preliminary estimates indicate the demolition would cost $60,000. It could cost about $500,000 to use the former fire district land for a project to improve the parking and traffic flow at the middle school and early learning center, Bein said.

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Fire engines, food trucks, station tours, raffle prizes, a bounce house and public safety demonstrations will be among the attractions at this year’s Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District’s open house this Saturday.

The free event will be 11 AM to 2 PM at the fire district’s Lake Barrington station, 22222 North Pepper Road. A side-by-side demonstration scheduled for 12:30 p.m. will allow guests to see how fire sprinkler systems contain fires and limit property damage and injury.

A blood drive will run at the station from 9 AM to 3 PM. There also will be a raffle to win a junior firefighter uniform.

For more information, contact Capt. Angela Grandgeorge at (224) 848-4875 or agrandgeorge@bcfpd.us.

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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.

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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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