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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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bcfpdvehiclesThe Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District is using a new emergency dispatch system that officials say will provide better service to residents.  At the beginning of the month, Barrington Countryside left CenCom 9-1-1, a suburban consolidated dispatch center, to join the Arlington Heights-based Northwest Central Dispatch System.

Deputy Fire Chief Donald Wenschhof III said the switch provides stronger, wider-ranging radio coverage throughout the district.

Barrington Countryside serves portions of Barrington Hills, South Barrington, Lake Barrington and Inverness; and portions of unincorporated Cook, Lake and McHenry counties.

You can read the full text of the Daily Herald article here.

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The location of a proposed third station at the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District has officials at Barrington School District 220 concerned about traffic congestion and loud noises.

For $500,000, the fire protection district purchased an acre of land, which includes an existing home, at 36 E. Dundee Road, located between Barrington Middle School — Prairie Campus and the Early Learning Center at District 220.

The fire district has said it plans to turn the home into its third fire station but run limited operations out of the proposed facility.

But with the close proximity to District 220 schools, Barrington educators said they are working with officials at the fire district to address their concerns about increased traffic and noise if the station opens.

You  can read the rest of the story from the Barrington Courier-Review here.

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220 LogoBarrington school officials said Friday they still have concerns about the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District’s plans to use a house near Prairie Middle School as a third fire station.

Barrington Area Unit School District 220 board President Brian Battle said talks between the two agencies have been productive regarding the future of the house, which is between Prairie and the district’s Early Learning Center. The fire district announced Thursday it had closed on the property.

“We’ll try to work with them in a collegial fashion and we hope we can find a way to resolve or mitigate our concerns,” Battle said. “But those concerns haven’t been fully addressed.”

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Editor’s note:  It’s clear when parents read about the planned fire station between two district schools yesterday, they weren’t happy and complained to school board members, thus this follow-up article.


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bcfpd-logoThe Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District will use a house nestled between Barrington Middle School’s Prairie Campus and the Barrington Area Unit School District 220 Early Learning Center as its third fire station, officials announced Thursday.

The district completed a deal Wednesday to pay $500,000 for the 1,462-square-foot house and surrounding acre.

Fire Chief James Kreher said the new station will enhance service levels, especially in the southeastern portions of the district.

Read more here.

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