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Petition packets are available for two open Park Board Commissioner seats for the April 6, 2021, Consolidated Election. Those interested in running for a Barrington Hills Park District Commissioner seat must be a registered voter and have been a resident of Barrington Hills for at least one year prior to the election.

To download the petition packet, please click here. If you wish to have the petition packet mailed to your home or schedule an appointment for pick-up, please contact Kim Keper, Administrator, at 847-783-6772 or Kim@bhillsparkd.org.

Circulation Period / September 22, 2020 – December 21, 2020

The circulation period for the Consolidated Election on April 6, 2021, will be open until December 21, 2020.

Filing Period for Petition Packets / December 14 – December 21, 2020

The filing period for petition packets is December 14 – December 21, 2020. Petition packets must be hand-delivered to the Administrator at the Park District Administrative Office, 364 Bateman Road, Barrington Hills, IL 60010, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  No petitioner packets will be accepted before or after the stated dates and times. The Barrington Hills Park District staff cannot provide any election or legal advice for any petitioners. Petitioners are encouraged to contact their County Clerk’s Office.

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Accomplished and highly educated yet surprisingly shy, Megan West found her voice on the journey to becoming a first-class amateur polo player.

Megan West says people are surprised to see her shy and humble demeanor melt away on the polo field where a bold, competitive spirit takes over. The sport does attract people with a competitive nature, but for West, playing polo is where she finds personal strength. “On the field someone’s got to take charge. I’ve learned that skill in a safe environment with people who are my friends. It’s a place where I’ve learned and practiced leadership skills,” she said.

When not on the field or in a barn, West leverages her doctorate in agricultural food chemistry for Mars Wrigley where she works on long-term research projects. “It’s basically a lab-based job,” she says of pre-COVID-19 times. A chemist by training, West works on projects such as product ingredient sourcing with consideration to sustainability.

Growing up in Glencoe, Illinois, West says hers was not a “horse family”. The earliest chance to ride was at summer camp in Minocqua, Wisconsin. “My first year at Red Pine Camp, I was eight years old and just one of those kids who wanted to take riding lessons,” West said. “I love the outdoors and the appeal of horses. I just gravitated towards them.” Riding at camp was a source of fun for West and her “barn rat” friends who helped take care of the horses there.

Read the full Quintessential Barrington feature story here.

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It was long considered illegal to leave your horse unattended on the streets of Arlington Heights without having it securely fastened somewhere.

How long ago? Until this week.

The village’s lawyer found the antiquated rule on unattended equines and other “draft animals” when she went to update village code about negligent and distracted driving, a far more common occurrence in 21st-century suburbia than horses running loose through the streets.

“I think this may be the last vestige of something that’s truly, truly, truly old,” said Robin Ward, the village’s in-house counsel.

Ward was surprised when she found the old section of municipal code because much of it had been cleaned up during a re-codification in 1995. Before that, the code was updated in the 1960s. But the horse rule likely predates that, into the 1920s, Ward said.

Read more here.

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The Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District’s plan to build a fire station at 1004 S. Hough Street in unincorporated Barrington marks the next step in a multi-year effort to provide more effective fire and emergency medical services throughout our 48-square mile jurisdiction.

In fact, the property is ideal for achieving the following goals:

Improve Service & Response Times

Currently, we operate from two fire stations located in Lake Barrington and Barrington Hills. We’ve long sought to build a third station that would greatly improve our ability to provide rapid emergency response to the north- and southeastern sections of our District – Inverness, South Barrington, and unincorporated Barrington.

Despite more than a dozen automatic aid agreements with surrounding fire departments, we still have concerns about consistently achieving optimal response times of under six minutes to residents and businesses – nursing homes, fitness centers, automotive dealerships, and more – in these particular areas.

In 2019, the BCFPD responded to 653 emergency calls to these sections – nearly one-third of our total call volume. Our third fire station will allow us to respond to these calls far more effectively.

Moreover, in situations where we are responding to multiple calls inside our district, it sometimes takes up to 20 minutes for neighboring departments to respond. From a public safety perspective, that is unacceptable.

Lower Homeowners’ Insurance Rates

Beyond public safety, a third station at this location will also help maintain affordable insurance rates for BCFPD homeowners. Our Insurance Service Office (ISO) rating – which helps determine what homeowners pay for insurance – is currently a 3/4. A third station in this location will prevent our ISO rating – and your insurance rates – from increasing.

Avoid Tax Increases

The BCFPD’s commitment to fiscal discipline, combined with long-term planning initiatives, will allow us to build and staff this new fire station without raising taxes on the residents who fund our operations.

Focus on Public Safety

The need for a third fire station is driven by data and facts:

  • Rapid response to fire and emergency medical situations is critical for saving lives and protecting property. In our profession, the difference between success and failure, or between life and death, can come down to mere minutes.
  • Patients suffering from cardiac arrest symptoms usually have less than 4 minutes before brain death begins. Rapid intervention and treatment by trained EMS professionals greatly improve the odds of survival.
  • A small flame can turn into a major fire in less than 30 seconds. And it takes only minutes for thick black smoke or flames to engulf a home or business.

The BCFPD is a public safety entity dedicated to the well-being of our entire community. Our ability to respond most effectively to medical emergencies and dangerous structure fires depends on our proximity to their locations.

Our new fire station at 1004 S. Hough Street will vastly improve our ability to protect our constituents.

Sincerely,

Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District Trustees

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Position: Park District Center Monitor

Location: 361 Bateman Road, Barrington Hills, IL 60010

Monitor the use of the Barrington Hills Park District Riding Center

Saturday and Sunday 10am – 6pm, $13.00 per hour

Duties and responsibilities:

1.) As needed, inform public on site of the rules and regulations of the facility.
2.) Answer questions about use of the facility.
3.) Monitor the schedule of trainer lessons and ensure they are following the rules/ guidelines.
4.) Monitor the use of all riding arenas and spaces to ensure the guidelines are understood by
public.
5.) Report guideline infractions to Park District commissioners
6.) Guide and instruct visitors on optimal horse trailer parking.
7.) Make note of number of visitors and their activities

Qualifications:

1.) High school degree
2.) Minimum 3 years professional work experience.
3.) Outgoing people person, good with oral communication.
4.) Knowledge of horses and horse riding and horse facilities.
5.) Computer skills, ability to access website, use calendar scheduling system, emails, etc.

Define success of role:

A successful Riding Center Monitor will foster a better public experience through clear, non confrontational explanation of rules and policies.
Monitor position reports to Park Board Commissioners.

Contact the Park District Office: kim@bhillsparkd.org

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The April 8th Barrington Hills Park Board Meeting will be held via video conferencing at 7:00 PM. A phone number and access code will be made available to the public 48 hours before the meeting for anyone wanting to observe or comment during the meeting.

The Park District will also take public comments by email or written submission and will read those comments at the public meeting.

Submit by email to: office@bhillsparkd.org

Mail to: BHPD, 364 Bateman Road, Barrington, IL 60010

 

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“Delightfully tucked away & nestled on 6.6 acres of private land, this quality designer renovated 4 bed/4.5 bath ranch overlooking a tranquil forest preserve & lake, welcomes you!

Floor to ceiling windows adorn the back of this unique, almost 6500 sf of finished space featuring home, allowing the sunlight to flood year round bringing the outdoors inside. The home boasts magnificent architectural details, heated indoor pool, access to balconies from every space. A flowing & seamlessly laid out floor plan, radiant heat flooring, tons of stonework, beamed cathedral ceiling, gleaming engineered floors.

Fabulous gourmet kitchen has quartz & granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, center island w/additional seating & prep-space opens to an elegant formal dining room. Breathtaking living room w/wood burning stone fireplace is perfect for all type of family gatherings.

Serene master suite w/luxurious master bath, & additional en suite bedroom. Sought after & welcoming walk out lower level offers indoor pool, spacious family room w/second kitchen, wet bar, stone fireplace, bedrooms & baths is perfect for retreating & entertaining your guests, watching stunning sunsets. Close to town, train, schools, Barrington Hills stables, bike & hiking trails, shopping, dining, expressways.

Come see for yourself – be wowed with the endless charm & exceptional value this one of a kind home provides!”

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Saddle Up!

Barrington Hills Saddle Club teaches children the art of horsemanship

Starting in March and through October this year, Barrington Hills Saddle Club will offer four sessions for children ages six to 12. Classes meet on Thursdays after school from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. There will also be three-day camps on July 14, 15, and 17, with each class running from 9 a.m. to noon. Sponsored by the Barrington Hills Park District, sessions will be held at the Barrington Hills Riding Center.

Saddle Club attendees will learn basic riding skills or enhance their current skill levels. Handling horses will also be taught with emphasis on safety, grooming, and tacking. Sessions will also include training on nutrition for horses, health, first-air, and bathing. The benefit of learning how to care for a horse builds a child’s self-confidence and encourages discipline. Children will also meet others who enjoy horses in the club.

Read more from Quintessential Barrington here.

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165 Algonquin Road

Trails and access roads at several Northwest suburban sites in the Forest Preserves of Cook County will receive trail and access road improvements in the next two years, officials announced.

The access road and parking upgrades include: 165 Algonquin Road near Barrington Hills $570,000 for design and improvements; Campground Road Woods near Des Plaines — $264,450 for design and improvements; Northwestern Woods near Des Plaines — $214,800 for design and improvements; Axehead Lake near Des Plaines — $343,600 for improvements; Busse Lake Boating Center No. 17 near Elk Grove Village — $399,800 for improvements; and Ned Brown Meadow near Elk Grove Village — $945,000 for design and improvements.

Planned trail improvements include: Deer Grove No. 1 to cul-de-sac near Palatine — $13,300 for design; Paul Douglas Trail near Hoffman Estates — $250,000 for improvements.

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Barrington Hills property owners are expected to pay less in taxes to the village next year, continuing a trend that began in 2013.

Under the tentative tax levy, Barrington Hills intends to collect about $5 million from property owners in the mostly residential community in 2020. The village projects needing about $50,000 less in property taxes for next year.

“We’ve squeezed a little more out of the orange,” Village President Martin McLaughlin said Friday.

Barrington Hills’ property tax levies have declined annually since 2013. Officials said the yearly levy has been trimmed by a combined 24% over that time.

Read more here.

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