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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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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:

  • Election of President, Secretary and Treasurer.
  • Swearing-in of new Trustee Allison Murray.
  • Appointment of Attorney and Auditor.
  • Consideration and possible approval of a Resolution setting the date for the public hearing on the Combined Annual Budget and Appropriation Ordinance for 2022-2023
  • Consideration and possible approval of a Resolution Ratifying the Second Addendum to the January 1, 2020 Agreement between the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District and Paramedic Services of Illinois, Inc.

A copy of their agenda can be viewed and saved 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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Carpentersville Fire

Firefighters in a Chicago suburb won their appeal to remove the Service Employees International Union from their workplace. False claims by SEIU bosses complicated the process.

Carpentersville, Illinois, firefighter Nick Salzmann has won his appeal to decertify the local union chapter from representing him and his coworkers.

Salzmann petitioned to hold a vote about whether to separate from the union back in September. Service Employees International Union bosses misled him on how to go about it.

“We’ve been going back and forth with the union to have that vote to no avail, so we brought in help from National Right To Work to file everything to decertify,” Salzmann said in January.

80% of the firefighters were in favor of separating, but the Illinois Labor Relations Board prevented them from voting based on allegations from SEIU. Union officials attempted to delay the vote by claiming Carpentersville officials violated bargaining procedures.

Salzmann appealed the decision, contending SEIU wasn’t following procedures by refusing to hold a vote.

“The union walked away from the bargaining table twice when the Employer could not guarantee that the decertification process would not proceed,” Salzmann said in his appeal.

More here.

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Two people were taken to St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates after a two-vehicle, head-on collision in Barrington Hills.

According to the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District, the crash occurred at 5:45 p.m. at Dundee Road and Old Sutton Road. All occupants were out of the vehicles by the time first responders arrived, firefighters said.

Two people were taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Firefighters said there was heavy damage to the vehicles.

More here.

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“A community blood drive Saturday hosted by the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District will help replenish depleted supplies of lifesaving blood, plasma, and other blood products used by hospitals, paramedics, and area healthcare providers.

The event, co-sponsored by Vitalant, will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, at BCFPD Station 38, 22222 N Pepper Road, Lake Barrington.

To schedule an appointment, call (877) 258-4825 or visit vitalant.org and use group code ORD0763A. Walk-ins are welcome. All donors must wear face coverings.

Community members planning to give blood should eat a healthy, low-fat meal within two hours of donation time and a salty snack the day before to help maintain healthy blood pressure. Stay hydrated by drinking 8 to 16 ounces of water one hour before the donation and avoid or limit caffeinated sodas, coffee, tea, or energy drinks on the day of donation.”

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Cuba Road

Cuba Road east of Rte. 14 is plowed by Cuba Township

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Cuba Road west of Rte. 14 in our village is currently plowed by Mac’s

For nearly fifteen years, our Village benefitted from the snow plowing services provided by the Cuba Township Road District.  Inexplicably, in September of last year, Trustees Ekstrom, Croll, Riff and Strauss awarded our snow plowing services contract to Mac’s Property Management Services of Wauconda. The results have been abysmal.

The images above best illustrate the new service experienced by our residents this Winter. After a recent snow event, Cuba Township plowed Cuba Road east of Route 14 Lake Barrington, and the photo at top shows the results of their work.  A photo was then taken of Cuba Road in our Village within minutes of the first photo capture, and it was plowed by Mac’s.  The difference is significant and concerning.

At best, Mac’s snow plowing services have been consistently shoddy, with slow (or sometimes no) service being the experience of many residents.  Lack of deicing is an oft heard complaint, and as recent as Friday’s afternoon snowfall, many witnessed their own driveways being plowed before Mac’s employees bothered to show up.

We cannot allow substandard service on our Village roads. The modest decrease in expense does not justify the liability our Board of Trustees has exposed our residents to.

Our Village does have an “out” clause with Mac’s, but Roads & Bridges Chair, Laura Ekstrom, couldn’t recall if it was 30 or 60 days.  The point is moot, however, since by the time our Village Attorney sorts it out, Mac’s will be mowing lawns.

The decision to discontinue Cuba Township’s services has been a huge error in judgement, and we’re being generous in that assessment.  We’re just fortunate we don’t have to call it a tragic one (yet).

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Barrington Police

The Barrington Public Safety Building houses the fire and police departments, but its 911 dispatch service has been handled by Round Lake Beach-based CenCom. The village plans to switch to Northwest Central Dispatch, which is based in Arlington Heights. (Daily Herald file photo)

Barrington plans to join Northwest Central Dispatch System, which provides 911 services to its neighboring communities, in a move that will be beneficial to the village, officials said.

The agreement with Northwest Central Dispatch System was approved by the village board Monday.

The move also will entail state approval for Barrington to join a different 911 board, the NWCD Emergency Telephone Systems Board.

“We’ve already begun the process,” Police Chief Dave Dorn said. “I don’t anticipate any issues.”

The village’s yearly contract with its current emergency dispatch system, CenCom, is $340,000. The contract with Northwest Central Dispatch is $330,000, village spokeswoman Patty Dowd Schmitz said.

Barrington has used CenCom for more than 20 years, Dorn said. About a year ago, the police and fire departments began looking into switching to a new provider, and after vetting three of them, the selection landed on Northwest Central Dispatch, he said.

Read more here.

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BCFPD Pepper

The Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District will host an open house and community blood drive from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, at Station 38, 22222 N. Pepper Road in Lake Barrington.

Guests can enjoy an outdoor “breakfast with the firefighters” beginning at 8 a.m. that will include a variety of packaged food items. The department’s newest aerial ladder truck will be showcased at 9 a.m. Vehicle extrication exercises will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and station tours will be offered throughout the day.

The mobile blood donation clinic will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in partnership with the nonprofit Vitalant. Register online in advance at vitalant.org (use group code 763A). Walk-ins also are welcome.

Guests should wear face masks inside the station and practice social distancing.

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