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The Village Sign Regulations are on tonight’s agenda

The Village Board of Trustees will be conducting their regular monthly meeting remotely this evening beginning at 6:30 PM. To access the Meeting Packets page, please click here and follow the instructions in green near the middle of the page:

“At 6:30 pm on Tuesday March 24th, the public can enter their name in the box above and click ‘Join’ to attend the Board of Trustees meeting remotely. This will be an audio call. You will be able to offer public comment during that section of the agenda and will be able to listen to the rest of the meeting. You may join at any time after 6:30 pm until the meeting concludes.”

Unfortunately, this meeting won’t lend itself to video recording, which will frustrate at least two of our local Facebook bloggers. However we have every expectation they will provide their own spin on what happens tonight on their pages (usually a hoot-and-a-half that doesn’t disappoint!).

Hopefully, next month the meetings will take place at Village Hall in the usual format.

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Sean Patton Jr., 28, was shot and killed March 7, 2020 at a party held at a rental home in the 300 block of Old Sutton Road in Barrington Hills. – Original Credit: Family of Seah Patton Jr.(Family of Sean Patton Jr. / HANDOUT)

When Litita Herrod’s daughter woke her up in the early morning hours of March 7, she said she just knew something bad had happened.

But soon she learned her worst fear had come true. Her son, Sean Patton Jr., 28, had been shot and killed hours earlier at what authorities called a “large party” held at a big, ranch-style rental home in Barrington Hills.

According to the Cook County medical examiner’s office, Patton’s death was determined to be a homicide due to multiple gunshot wounds.

Barrington Hills Police Department spokesman William Walsh said Wednesday no arrests have been made. He said investigators are following leads but have not publicly identified any suspects.

Walsh also said that multiple people were shot during the incident. He said authorities are working to identify the others who were shot.

Read the full story here.

 

 

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The Village of Barrington Hills would like to make you aware of the recent ‘shelter-in-place’ or ‘stay at home’ order just enacted by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, taking effect at 5 PM on Saturday, March 21st through April 7th.

To slow the spread of the corona virus, residents are advised to stay in their homes and ‘shelter-in-place’. Public health officials have recommended residents avoid gatherings and maintain a distance of at least six feet apart. The idea of shelter-in-place is to ensure residents are following the social distancing recommendations.

During this time, Village Hall will be closed to visitors, but staff will continue to be available by email (village@vbhil.gov) and by phone 847-551-3000 during our regular business hours of 9 AM to 5 PM.

The Village’s Police Force will continue to serve residents without interruption and may be contacted 24/7 via Dispatch by calling 9 1 1 or 847-428-8784.  The Police Department Lobby will be closed to walk-ins but can be reached at 847-551-3006 during their regular hours of 8 AM to 4 PM.

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346 Old Sutton Road

“In late February, the Village of Barrington Hills became aware of a home in our jurisdiction that was being marketed as a short-term rental space for uses such as vacations, conference centers and weddings, by accommodation facilitators such as Evolve, Vrbo and Airbnb.  The advertised use of the home suggested that it was not in compliance with an individual’s residential use of a home. 

The use of a residential property for purely commercial purposes is not allowed in Barrington Hills under the Village’s zoning regulations. 

On March 5, 2020, at the direction of the Village Board and Administration, the Village Attorney contacted one of the Property Owners and notified them that the advertised use of the home is strictly prohibited under the Village’s zoning regulations and could not lawfully occur. 

On March 6, 2020, the Property Owners’ Attorney contacted our Village Attorney to address this matter who, in turn, reiterated that the advertised use of the home was illegal and informed the Property Owners’ Attorney that the online Vrbo and Airbnb advertisements, as well as signage on the Property, should be immediately removed.  The Attorney for the Property Owner concurred with the Village Attorney’s assessment and stated he would advise the Property Owner that such use was prohibited and that the advertisements and signage must be removed. 

At no time was the Village aware that the Property Owners had a scheduled event for Friday, March 6, 2020.  The Property Owners did not cancel the event, despite the advanced notice from the Village that such use is strictly prohibited under the Village’s zoning regulations.   In the early morning of March 7, 2020, the Barrington Hills Police Department responded to call of shots fired at the Property.

The Village of Barrington Hills is deeply saddened by the events that occurred. Our current zoning codes exist to protect the health, safety and welfare of residents and to guard against the use of property in the Village which is not in keeping with the Village’s residential standards. Please be aware, this is an ongoing investigation and the Village can only release limited information. The Village will remain vigilant to halt such other uses as it becomes aware of any other property being used for short term rental.  The Barrington Hills Police Department would like to remind and encourage residents to never refrain from reporting suspicious activity or requesting assistance or service.”

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A flyer advertising the rental home at 346 Old Sutton Road in Barrington Hills is pictured March 10, 2020 outside the business where Cook County treasurer’s office records show the property’s tax bills are sent. The home became a crime scene after a Chicago man was shot and killed there March 7.(Pioneer Press / Pioneer Press)

Less than two weeks before a Chicago man was shot and killed at an Airbnb rental home in Barrington Hills, village officials discussed at a meeting the issue of short-term rentals.

Village officials discussed the issue at the Feb. 24 Village Board meeting, according to an audio recording of the meeting.

They mentioned nearby Lake Barrington’s decision a few years back to ban short-term rental after an early-morning shooting in April 2016 that left two people injured.

Ultimately, the Barrington Hills Village Board decided to wait for more information and research on what other communities have done.

According to village attorney Mary Dickson, the village code does not explicitly address short-term rentals, but it says that property in the residential district is only allowed for residential use, not commercial use. She said the fact that the owner did not live in the house and was only going to use it as a rental violates the code.

Dickson said the property owners were made aware of this violation prior to March 6.

Read more from the Chicago Tribune here.

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Police are outside a residence in the 300 block of Old Sutton Road in Barrington Hills on March 9, 2020, where 28-year-old Chicago man Sean Patton was shot and killed days before.(Kaitlin Edquist / Pioneer Press)

The man who died following a weekend shooting at a Barrington Hills house rented out on Airbnb has been identified as a 28-year-old man from Chicago.

In a news release Monday, the Barrington Hills Police Department identified the man as Sean Patton Jr.

“The preliminary investigation indicates there was a large party being held at the home by individuals from outside of Barrington Hills who had rented the property on a short-term basis,” police said in the release.

Village attorney Mary Dickson told the Barrington Courier-Review that short-term rentals are prohibited by village code.

Airbnb issued a statement Sunday saying the company has been in touch with investigators, that it is outraged by the “criminal violence,” and that house parties with open invitations are banned — a decision made by the company in December 2019.

Read more from the Chicago Tribune here.

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A 28-year-old Chicago man has been identified as the victim of a fatal shooting that occurred during a party at this Barrington Hills home over the weekend.

Barrington Hills police have identified 28-year-old Sean B. Patton of Chicago as the victim of the fatal shooting during a house party early Saturday morning.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office previously ruled Patton’s death a homicide, saying he died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds.

As police and the Cook County Major Case Assistance Team continued their investigation of the slaying, a possible violation of local law through the apparent short-term rental of the house via Airbnb also is under scrutiny by law enforcement.

Barrington Hills has long emphasized its ban on commercial use of residential properties, Mayor Martin McLaughlin said.

“During my time in office, we have had very limited need to address anything even close to this,” he added.

Read more from the Daily Herald here.

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From the VBHPD:

The Barrington Hills Police Department would like to inform residents that Old Sutton Road is now open to traffic and that the preliminary investigation of yesterday’s incident indicates that a large party was held at a home by individuals from outside of Barrington Hills, who had rented the property on a short-term basis.

Although a shooting, which resulted in the fatality of one attendee, did occur, the Department wishes to assure all residents that this was an isolated incident. There is absolutely no reason to suggest anyone from this event has remained in the area and there is no active or continuing threat to the public’s safety.

The Police Department is using every available resource at its disposal, including detectives from the Major Case Assistance Team (MCAT), a multi-jurisdictional task force comprised of detectives from more than a dozen suburban Chicago agencies, to aggressively investigate this incident and bring the offenders to justice. It is understood that an incident of this nature is highly disturbing and the Department would therefore like to remind and encourage residents to never refrain from reporting suspicious activity or requesting assistance or service from Police.

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A Barrington Hills police vehicle outside remained parked outside a home on Old Sutton Road on Sunday morning as investigators continued to search for clues in a deadly shooting there during a house party early Saturday morning. (Steve Zalusky | Staff Photographer )

Authorities continue to investigate the fatal shooting of a man killed early Saturday morning during a house party at a rented Barrington Hills home, but they offered no new details about the slaying or the victim’s identity Sunday.

A Barrington Hills police vehicle and a truck from the Cook County Major Case Assistance Team stood guard behind yellow caution tape Sunday morning outside the residence in the 300 block of Old Sutton Road, a secluded area of large homes and sprawling fields.

Officers called to the home at 3:22 a.m. Saturday on a report of shots fired arrived to find the dead man, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office on Sunday said the man died from multiple gunshot wounds and ruled his death a homicide,

A preliminary investigation revealed that a large party was being held at the home by people who live outside Barrington Hills and had rented the property on a short-term basis, reportedly through Airbnb.

Read more here.

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Barrington Hills police and firefighter/paramedics from Barrington -Countryside FPD responded about 3:34 a.m. Saturday March 7, 2020 to a report that multiple people were shot at or near a home in the block of 300 Old Sutton Road.

Police and firefighter/paramedics received a report that there were multiple gunshot victims. At least two victim were transported to a local hospital. At least one victim was possibly dead at the scene.

Police are investigating whether an online marketplace for lodging, such as Airbnb, was being used to stay at a luxury home and host a party at the luxury home. The minimum property size in Barrington Hills is 5 acres, and the neighborhood includes horse ranches and multi-million dollar homes. A home down the street on Old Sutton Road is currently listed for $11.8 million dollars. There have been reports nationwide of disturbing parties at luxury homes or luxury apartment shared temporarily via Airbnb or other lodging sharing broker services using a smartphone app.

Read more here.

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