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Sound

For many years now, residents have voiced their frustration with the poor sound quality of meetings they’ve participated in remotely. Village officials have also complained, now that they’re allowed to participate in meetings remotely, that communication is often problematic.

Back in May of 2022 we wrote, “What message is the Cecola administration sending residents?,” in an effort to make residents aware of the communication frustrations people were experiencing. Since then, what few efforts staff at Village Hall have put forth to correct the problems have fallen short, and lately we’ve found the recordings of meetings we used to rely on for clarification fail to do so.

Case in point, when we questioned why perfectly sound concrete was being torn up at taxpayer’s expense at the fire station adjacent to Village Hall, we looked to the Village Administrator’s explanation in the October 23 recordings. What we heard was a sometimes barely audible but mostly unintelligible explanation.

The last time we can recall when a Village meeting was clearly documented was New Year’s Eve of 2018 when the Village Electoral Board convened. Even though recording equipment in the Board room was available, a much more dependable court reporter was engaged to document the hearing.

As it turned out, this was fortuitous since some alleged perjury took place at that meeting, and if legal action had been taken, the transcript would have been required by the court.  Today we have nowhere near that recording quality to rely on, and with more Village officials participating with flawed remote technology, it will no doubt get exponentially worse.

Considering this, and the fact much of the equipment currently in use is beyond its’ intended shelf life, it’s time to purchase new equipment including visual communications hardware. If we have the money to unnecessarily replace perfectly good tile at Village Hall, then we surely have the money to bring our communications technology to levels addressing our current needs.

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11.13.23 RB

11.13.23 Zoom

The Village Roads & Bridges Committee meets this afternoon at 3 PM. The topics on the agenda include:

  • [Vote] Minutes – September 20, 2023 Special Meeting
  • [Vote] Minutes – November 8, 2022 Special Meeting (tabled from May 9, 2023 Special Meeting)
  • Road Program: 2024 Planning

A copy of the agenda can be viewed here.

The Committee did not meet in October.  Perhaps this was intentional to allow a cooling off period after the Chair seemingly lost her composure during the September meeting. The recording of that meeting can be found here.

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VBH Roads 2023

This Summer the entire length of Oak Knoll Road was resurfaced due to Trustee Laura Eckstrom’s objection to the appearance of a perfectly sound patching job (which ironically was performed to EXTEND the life of the roadway). It is worth reminding taxpayers Eckstrom happens to LIVE on Oak Knoll Road.

The Village Roads & Bridges Committee meets this afternoon for the first time in five months at 4 PM. The topics on the agenda are:

  • Road Program: 2023 Recap, and
  • Road Program: 2024 Planning

A copy of the agenda can be viewed here.

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June 23 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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Start your Independence Day holiday weekend with Volunteering for a great cause! The Village of Barrington Hills, together with Cuba Township, is hosting its 3rd annual Land We Love Run on Saturday, July 1st.

Volunteers needed for all parts of the event from setup, registration, water stations, finish line, etc. The 10K run, 5K run/walk or the 2-mile walk will begin at 7:30 AM. Race proceeds will benefit Folds of Honor and the Cuba Township Food Pantry. Volunteers are needed from 6:00 AM to 10:30 AM, but help at any time during that window is appreciated.

For more details, click here.

Source

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July 1 race

5K/10K LAND WE LOVE RUN–REGISTRATION OPEN!

“Start your Independence Day holiday weekend with a run through the Hills!…or walk, if you prefer!

The Village of Barrington Hills, together with Cuba Township, is hosting its 3rd annual Land We Love Run   on Saturday, July 1st! The 10K run, 5K run/walk or the 2-mile walk will begin at 7:30 AM.

Register today to take advantage of the early bird rate!

Race proceeds will benefit Folds of Honor and the Cuba Township Food Pantry.

Finishers’ medals will be awarded to seven age groups for the 5K and 10K. Additional awards include Best Costume and Most Donated Items for the Food Pantry.” – From the VBH Website

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April 23 RB

The Village Roads & Bridges Committee meets this morning at 11 AM to review bids received for the 2023 Roads Program.  A copy of the agenda can be viewed here.

Those planning to attend today should know the last three R&BC meetings have needlessly lasted an average of over an hour and a half due primarily to the lack of preparation and constant interruptions by the current Committee Chair.

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3.23 RB

The Roads & Bridges Committee meets today at 4:00 PM at Village Hall. This will be the first time the Committee has met November 8 (See, “Special Election Day Roads & Bridges meeting today”).

A copy of their agenda can be viewed here.

Related:Some perspectives on the proposed 2023 Appropriations Ordinance

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Cuba

“Take it slow out there today. This is going to be a long duration event. Remember to always give the plow trucks plenty of room and to always drive with your lights ON for safety!”

Editorial note: This from professionals who know what they’re doing. Too bad they no longer service our roads.

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2022

Following are the eleven (11) most viewed posts published in The Barrington Hills Observer in 2022:

  1. Controversial ‘Gender Queer’ will remain on the shelf at Barrington High, school board decides
  2. Woman bit her daughter’s finger off during altercation in Barrington Hills, prosecutors say
  3. Our predominantly pusillanimous Village Board (Part 1)
  4. Learn from your (big) mistake, Laura, Bryan, Dave and Tom
  5. Special Village Board meeting this afternoon
  6. Resident tells 220 Board of Education what they needed to hear (but did they listen?)
  7. Barrington Hills man severely injured in crash
  8. Some observations on tonight’s Appropriations public hearing
  9. Our predominantly pusillanimous Village Board (Part 4)
  10. District 220 goes too far (again)
  11. Petition started to “Filter Adult Obscene/Porn Content & SB818 Opt Out,” in D220 Schools

For those wondering why eleven and not an even number, we simply couldn’t end the year without reminding readers where we’ve been in 2022 by omitting #11.

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