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VBH Village HallOur Village Board of Trustees will be conducting their regular monthly meeting beginning this evening at 6:30 PM. A copy of the agenda can be viewed and downloaded here.

This month’s agenda now has two options for residents to attempt to listen in to tonight’s meeting:

Audio OptionsWould those with the time and inclination try listening to both options and report back which one sucks less in terms of sound clarity?  It would be ever so much appreciated!

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VB Police Contract

Barrington has reached agreement on a new, three-year contract with its police officers. The deal gives officers annual 3% raises and allows the department to make lateral hires. (Daily Herald File Photo)

Barrington officials signed off this week on a new contract with the village’s police officers.

The agreement with Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #177 began Jan. 1 and includes 3% salary hikes for each of the three years of the contract. It was approved by the village board Monday.

Under the new contract, the new officers will start with a $76,620 salary. After six years, an officer could achieve the top pay of $109,977.

Police Chief Dave Dorn said Barrington’s recently acquired home-rule status enabled the contract to allow the hiring of “lateral” transfers — officers currently employed by another agency. Bringing in lateral transfers has advantages, he said.

“You can look at a broader applicant pool. You can speed up your testing process as well,” Dorn said.

Dorn said the agreement would have been negotiated quicker if wages had been the only focus. But contract talks also involved incorporating 12-hour shifts for patrol officers from a separate memorandum of understanding into the main contract.

More here.

Editorial note: Makes one wonder where we stand with our own Village Police agreement(s)?

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Taxes Am 1

Now that the Illinois Constitution has been amended to expand government union power, residents can expect to see costly government union demands, increased taxes and litigation to clarify its vague language.

The Illinois State Board of Elections certified the November election results Dec. 5, adding the proposed Amendment 1 to the Illinois Constitution.

Constitutional amendments require either 60% of those voting on the question to vote “yes” or a simple majority of all ballots cast in the election to approve the measure. Amendment 1 failed to reach the 60% threshold on the question but passed with a simple majority of all voters.

Now that it’s official, Illinois residents should be watching for at least three consequences: 1) costly government union demands in negotiations, 2) increased cost of government passed on to taxpayers and 3) litigation to clarify the amendment’s first-of-its-kind language.

Costly government union demands

Even before the amendment passed, the right to negotiate in Illinois was quite broad. Negotiations between the unions representing state and local government workers, including teachers, covered wages, hours and other terms and conditions of employment. Unlike most of our neighboring states, there were no limits to the wages and benefits government unions could demand.

But Amendment 1 expands bargaining to encompass broad new subjects, including “economic welfare” and “safety at work.” There is no definition or case law explaining what those terms mean. They could encompass virtually anything.

The Chicago Teachers Union has already tried to negotiate broad, non-traditional “economic” subjects into their contract with Chicago Public Schools, such as affordable housing. The Boston Teachers Union recently took a page out of CTU’s playbook when it negotiated the creation of 4,000 units of housing for homeless students into its contract. While the provision may seem altruistic in nature, the creation of housing for students is not traditionally negotiated into teacher contracts. It forces taxpayers to fund public policy decisions that their elected leaders should debate.

Amendment 1 empowers government union leaders to demand more than ever before and ensures they will have a permanent right to strike to get those demands met.

Read on here.

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Dec 22 BOT

Our Village Board of Trustees will be conducting their regular monthly meeting beginning this evening at 6:30 PM. A copy of the agenda can be viewed and downloaded here.

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6.22 BOT

Our Village Board of Trustees will be conducting their regular monthly meeting beginning this evening at 6:30 PM. Some of the topics on their agenda include:

  • [Vote] A Resolution Accepting a Grant of Scenic Easement and Conservation Right (Mitchell) Resolution 22 –
  • [Vote] A Resolution Approving an Adjustment to the Professional Services Rate for John Z. Toscas as Special Counsel for Administrative Adjudication Hearing Officer Services Resolution 22
  • 5K/10K The Land We Love Run – JULY 2
  • Barrington Hills Fall Festival 2022

A copy of the agenda can be viewed and downloaded here. It’s unknown if the telephony issues that have plagued recent meetings have been remedied yet, so callers might encounter issues again.

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BOT

Our Village Board of Trustees will be conducting their regular monthly meeting beginning this evening at 6:30 PM. Some of the topics on their agenda include:

  • [Vote] A Resolution Authorizing the Execution of a Contract with Corrective Asphalt Materials LLC (CAM) for Pavement Rejuvenation and CRF Application on Select Village Maintained Roads Resolution 22 –
  • [Vote] Board of Health Appointments (4)
  • [Vote] Equestrian Commission Appointments (4)
  • [Vote] Plan Commission Appointments (3)
  • [Vote] Zoning Board of Appeals Appointments (2)
  • [Vote] Police Pension Board Appointments (2)

A copy of the agenda can be viewed and downloaded here.

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3.2022 BOT

The Village Board of Trustees will be conducting their regular monthly meeting this evening at 6:30 PM. Some of the topics on their agenda include:

A copy of the agenda can be viewed and downloaded here.

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BOT 8.23.21The Village Board of Trustees will be conducting their regular monthly meeting this evening at 6:30 PM.  Some of the topics on their agenda include:

  • A Resolution Authorizing the Execution of a Service Agreement with
    Lauterbach & Amen, LLP to Provide Services Attendant with the office of
    Village Treasurer Resolution 21 –
  • A Resolution consenting to the Appointment of Wes Levy of Lauterbach & Amen, LLP to the Office of Village Treasurer Resolution 21 –
  • Plan Commission Appointment: Christopher Geier – Term Expires April 2023, and
  • Resolution of Proclamation Congratulating Barrington Hills Country Club on the Occasion of its Centennial Year 1921 – 2021 Resolution 21 –

A copy of the agenda can be viewed and downloaded here.

Related:Barrington Hills Country Club Celebrates Its Centennial

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May BOT

The Village Board of Trustees will be conducting their monthly meeting this evening at 6:30 PM.  Some of the topics on their agenda include:

  • [Vote] An Ordinance Providing for Regulations Against the Disturbance of Public Meetings Ordinance 21 –
  • [Vote] An Ordinance Granting an Amendment to an Existing Special Use Permit for the Expansion of the Parking Lot at 160 Hawthorn Road Ordinance21 –
  • [Vote] An Ordinance Granting a Special Use to Dundee Township Park District for a Recreational Facility along Longmeadow Parkway near Algonquin Road Ordinance 21 –
  • [Vote] An Ordinance Amending the Zoning Code list of uses permitted in theB3 Business District a Canine Day Care Ordinance 21 –
  • [Vote] An Ordinance Amending Section 4-2-2(D) Temporary Swimming Pools Ordinance 21 – (?)
  • [Vote] Appointments: Equestrian Commission

A copy of the agenda can be viewed and downloaded hereThe meeting is open to those wishing to attend or readers can listen in by calling 508-924-1464.

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April BOTThe Village Board of Trustees will be holding their monthly meeting this evening at 6:30 PM.  Some of the topics on their agenda include:

  • Presentation of appreciation for their dedicated service as Trustees Paula Jacobsen and Robert M. Zubak
  • Donlea Road Drainage Investigation – Engineer’s Memo
  • [Vote] An Ordinance Amending Section 5-5-3 of the Village’s Zoning Regulations to Include, in the Allowed List of Special Uses, Non-commercial Event Facility Ordinance 21 –

A copy of the agenda can be viewed and downloaded here. The meeting is open to those wishing to attend or readers can listen in by calling 508-924-1464.

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