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Officials with the Barrington Hills Park District are hoping a proposed intergovernmental agreement with the village will add extra security and save public funds in the process.

In February, the Barrington Hills Park District Board approved a “conduct ordinance,” regulating certain behaviors and activities on park district grounds, and park district officials now want to use Barrington Hills police to enforce the new ordinance, instead of hiring security staff, park district officials said. VBHPD

Maureen Crump, a commissioner on the park district board, said the potential agreement could save taxpayer dollars, adding one full-time security guard on the park district payroll could be paid between $25 and $35 an hour.

“It would not be financially responsible for us to hire our own police or security,” she said.

The proposal comes after park district officials worked with attorneys for the past two years to develop a formal conduct ordinance, which establishes regulations for people under the influence of alcohol or drugs on park district property, as well as other regulations on fighting and soliciting, animal use, pets and other areas.

“We wanted to become more consistent with the norms of other park districts, and we reviewed conduct ordinances of other park districts,” Crump said.

Officials presented a proposed agreement to the Barrington Hills Village Board last month, but Crump said discussions still are ongoing before officials can vote on the agreement.

To read the full Barrington Courier-Review article, click here.

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A dog that recently fled its own coop in Barrington Hills ended up killing a neighbor’s 15 chickens while on the loose, police said.

Barrington Hills police said that as many as 20 additional chickens could be missing, injured or eaten in the incident that happened May 13 in the 500 block of West Cuba Road.

The dog’s owner, Timothy A. Mattson, 56, who lives in the 500 block of West Cuba Road, was cited for criminal damage to property under a local ordinance, said William Walsh, an officer with the Barrington Hills Police Department.

People commit criminal damage to property when they knowingly injure a domestic animal of another party without consent, under the ordinance, Walsh said.

To read the full Barrington Courier-Review story, click here.

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This message was just sent out by the Village’s CTY Reverse 911 System:

The Barrington Hills Police Department has been updated by the Route 59 paving contractor that the roadway is expected to be open for traffic by 7PM. Therefore, it is still suggested that this area be avoided for the evening rush hour. Thank you for your continued patience.

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VBH__LogoThe ePacket agenda containing links to documents to be discussed during Tuesday evening’s Village Board meeting has been posted.  To access the ePacket link, click here.

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VBHPD The Police Pension Board meets on Monday April 24th at 7:30 AM in the MacArthur Room.  Three investment companies will be make presentations and be interviewed. The entire meeting agenda can be viewed here.

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BHPD LogoThe Barrington Hills Park District released this announcement today:

The indoor arena will be closed this Saturday and Sunday, April 1-2, for the Barb Gerbitz Horsemanship Clinic.

Riders can use the outdoor arena during the day and the indoor arena after 6 p.m. on Saturday or Sunday.

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Daily Herald Editorial Board:  The acronym TIF refers to a conversation-stopping tax strategy that is not easy to understand but can have direct consequences for communities, schools, parks, libraries and taxpayers. In the best of circumstances, it can help a community encourage development in struggling parts of town. In the worst, it can suck resources away from the agencies and institutions people count on.

A proposed 184-acre TIF district in western Hoffman Estates qualifies as the latter, and adds insult to injury by potentially increasing demands on local resources, schools in particular, while simultaneously taking resources away from them.

So, it’s not hard to understand why nearly every affected agency took a stand this week in opposition to providing the incentive to a proposed residential and commercial development near routes 72 and 59. In a pair of votes, members of a joint review board overwhelmingly declared the project ineligible for a TIF designation on land the Hoffman Estates village board is considering annexing.

Most of the review board members had selfish reasons to be wary of the proposal. For up to the next 23 years, it would divert tax money away from them — including, among others, Barrington Unit District 220, Community Unit District 300, the Barrington Area Library, Harper College, Elgin Community College, Barrington Township and the Barrington Hills Park District.

All in the interest of a project that — if successful — would bring businesses and residents to an area already bustling with restaurants, grocers and department stores.

The complete Daily Herald editorial can be read here.

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