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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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Fire crews had to rescue a school bus driver who crashed into a ditch near the intersection of Bateman and Algonquin roads in Barrington Hills late Tuesday afternoon.

Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District firefighters arrived on the scene at around 4:37 p.m. and found that the bus, which was only occupied by the driver, was tipping to one side. The driver was unable to exit the bus without potentially causing the vehicle to tip or roll over.

Fire crews stabilized the bus and helped evacuate the driver, according to a news release issued late Tuesday.

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

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Explore the contrast between vintage firefighting equipment from prior generations and today’s state-of-the-art fire service operations Saturday, September 9th, when the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District welcomes community members to a combined Antique Fire Truck Show and Open House at Fire Station #1 (22222 North Pepper Road, Lake Barrington).

The open house will take place from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., with the antique truck display available until 1 p.m. Admission is free for family members of all ages.

This year’s event will feature:

  • Antique fire truck displays
  • Fire station tours
  • Touch-a-Truck
  • Firefighter ‘meet & greet’
  • Emergency dispatch services overview
  • Local business booths

To read the full feature story in Living60010.com, click here.

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bcfpd-logoThis morning, there was a truck crash on Route 59 in Barrington Hills which has resulted in closure of the road and has caused significant traffic delays.  Motorists are advised to avoid the area completely.  A tractor trailer slid off of a construction paving zone, and landed in a wooded area.  The truck’s fuel tanks were ruptured and approximately 125 gallons of diesel fuel has been spilled into an adjacent lake.

The Fire Department, Hazardous Materials Units, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and Homeland Security have responded to the incident and are on-site assisting with environmental clean-up and traffic re-routing.  The Village of Barrington Hills notified residents of the closure via its reverse-911 system and will announce the reopening of the road when the scene is clear.

 

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PlumFarmAerial Hoffman Estates village board members voted unanimously Monday to recommend approval of a significantly revised annexation and development agreement for 185 acres at the northwest corner of routes 59 and 72.

Though local school district officials — and Hoffman Estates Mayor Bill McLeod — still called for greater clarification of a future school site on the Plum Farms property, the agreement’s revisions quieted some earlier concerns.

One of the major ones for Barrington Unit District 220 Board President Brian Battle was a line that the development partnership can only renew its past request for a partial property tax refund through a tax increment financing (TIF) district with a letter stating that neither his district nor Community Unit District 300 objects.

The revised agreement also lowered the limit for the number of dwelling units of various types from 1,325 to 1,250. However, the current concept plan stayed the same with the still lower number of 1,035.

You can read full coverage of the meeting in the Daily Herald article by clicking here.

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The vast majority of taxing bodies potentially affected by a proposed $21 million tax refund for a development in western Hoffman Estates dislike the idea so much they rejected it twice Tuesday.  Members of the joint review board for the tax increment financing district requested by the developer for a 184-acre site at routes 59 and 72 first voted 7-1 against approving the eligibility for such an incentive, then voted 7-1 to actively reject its eligibility.

But even with two such votes against it, the proposal legally receives a 30-day period for the developer to adapt the request before the joint review board meets again at 1:30 p.m. April 18 at Hoffman Estates village hall.  And if the ultimate vote is still against the TIF district, the Hoffman Estates village board can still approve it with a supermajority.

The full text of the Daily Herald can be read here.

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VBH__Logo The Village Board will meet on Tuesday March 21st at 5:15 PM. The e-Packet can be viewed here.

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