News and Information:
- Lake County Health Department to Sponsor Open House, Offer Reduced Water Testing Rates. In observance of National Groundwater Awareness Week, the Lake County Health Deparment-Community Health Center is sponsoring an informational Open House and is also offering a reduced rate to private well owers for the testing of water samples. The Open House is Wednesday, March 4, 2015 from 4-7 pm at the Lake County Central Permit Facility, 500 W. Winchester Road in Libertyville. Between March 2 and 12, 2015, the Deparment is offering a reduced rate for well water testing for private well owners. The normal $16 analysis fee for testing for bacteria and nitrates will be reduced to $10.00. The entire press release and information on water testing can be found here.
- Comprehensive Plan. The Village’s Plan Commission is submitting their recommendations on the update to the Comprehensive Plan to the Village Board in May, 2015. They will be holding their final Public Hearing on Monday, April 13th at 7:30 p.m. in the lower level meeting room. Discussion will be directed to updates made within the chapters including issues dealing with the environment, housing, roadways, water drainage, community services, etc. We encourage residents to read, listen in and give feedback as to their vision of how/what the Village should grow to be. A draft copy of the plan can be found here.
- Bees and Chickens. The issue of allowing female chickens (hens), and bees in unincorporated residential areas of Lake County has been carefully studied by staff and officials of Lake Conty and the County now allows female chickens and bees on limited conditions. The Village's Plan Commission studied the issue and drafted an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance allowing the keeping of hens and bees. The draft amendment is lengthy and address topics such as Number of Hens allowed, Chicken Coops and Yards, Setbacks, Prohibitions and Management Practices, Odors, etc. The Bees portion addresses Number of Bee Hives allowed, Location and Setbacks, Signage and Management Practices. The amenment in its entirety can be found here. The Board will be discussing the matter at the April 22, 2015 Village Board Meeting; please attend if you are interested in participating in the disucssion.
- Electronic Recycling. Cuba Township is currently accepting electronics for recycling. There are some new rules, please see press release found here.
- Lake County Senior Services. Catholic Charities Lake County Senior Services provides supportive services to help seniors safely maintain their independence by coordination of many services including transportation, home delivered meals, residential repair and renovation, community care program and many others. Please check their website for a full menu of their programs, www.catholiccharities.net.
- Keep your pets safe! No matter what the temperature is, wind chill can threaten a pet's life. Pets are sensitive to severe cold and are at risk for frostbite and hypothermia during extreme cold snaps. Exposed skin on noses, ears and paw pads can quickly freeze and suffer permanent damage.
- April 7, 2015 Consolidated Election. Positions open on the Board include Village Trustee - four year term (3 open positions), and Village President - four year term. Candidates for Village Trustee include Edmund P. Boland, John B. Schnure, Janice L. Sauer and Lawrence (Lawre) Weiner. Candidate for Village President is Albert R. Pino.
- BACOG Water Testing Results. About 11 percent of the 287 Barrington area homes' wells tested positive for coliform bacteria, according to Barrington Area Council of Governments, as a result of the November testing. The full article can be found here.
- Solicitation. Residents are reminded that solicitation is not allowed in the Village unless they have obtained a permit from the Village of North Barrington. Note the company, a license plate, and contact the Lake County Sheriff at either 911 or their non-emergency #847-549-5200. Police are warning residents to be careful when having holiday gifts delivered to their homes, as thieves often target delivery trucks, follow them and steal packages left outside homes.
- Recycle Old, Broken Holiday Lights. Drop off location at Barrington Public Works, 300 N. Raymond Ave., (847) 381-7903; 24-hour outside drop-off at office entrance. Ends March 5th.
- Lake County Sheriff's Office Warns Residents of Phone Scammers from missing jury duty, a granchild or relative stranded in jail, or to owing money to the IRS. For full details of these scams and how to contat your local police agency, click here.
- Scam Alert! Delinquent Property Taxes Letter to Seniors. The Lake County Treasurer's Office is alerting homeowners to a scam targeting seniors. Seniors are receiving a letter in the mail claiming that the County will take their house if they don't pay the delinquent taxes on their property. In each of the cases we've seen so far, the homeowner is paid in full and NOT delinquent in their taxes. If you receive one of these letters, you do not need to take any action if your taxes have been paid in full. If you have any questions or want to double check the status of your payment, you should call the Treasurer's Office at 847.377.2323 or check on line at www.lakecountyil.gov/treasurer. DO NOT contact the person listed on the letter..
- DAYS AND HOURS BURNING PERMITTED
Landscape Burn: Landscape burns may be conducted only on the following days and during the following times:
January through December any day between twelve o'clock (12:00) noon and five o'clock (5:00) P.M. but not on any national holiday that falls on those days.
Leaf Burn: Leaf burns may be conducted only on the following days and during the following times:
April 1 to May 31 and October 1 to November 30: On each Thursday and Sunday between ten o'clock (10:00) A.M. and three o'clock (3:00) P.M., but not on any national holiday that falls on those days.
No fire shall be left unattended and there should be a ready source of sufficient water to extinguish the fire in the event of any emergency. Burning on any public street or right of way within the Village is prohibited and subject to fine. The Village asks that all residents do their part in promoting the health and safety of all by following Village Ordinances.
- Lake County E-Newsletters. With a county as large as Lake County, keeping residents informed about county news and issues can be challenging. If you'd like to sign up for communications from our Board member (District 17, Nick Sauer), please click here.
- Barrington Area Community Calendar. To find out what is going on in your neighborhood as well as surrounding area, consult the online Barrington Area Community Calendar found here. You can even sign up for email notification! A great tool!
- Barrington Area Council on Aging. BACOA offers many programs such as "Take Charge - a proactive approach to diabetes"; Caregiver Support Groups, Cuisine Club, Health Insurance Consultation, Pace Dial-a-Ride, among others. For a full listing, visit their website found here.
- Conservation Information: Heritage Tree Ordinance, Best Management Practices Handbook, Conservation at Home programs including Rain Gardens can be found here.
- Garbage Collection & Recycling information (including electronics, compact fluorescent bulbs and prescriptions drugs) can be found here.
- Outdoor Activities - Citizens for Conservation and Stillman Nature Center information can be found here.
- Septic and Well Information can be found here.
- Utility Information: Aggregation, ComEd and NiCor Gas can be found here.
- Vehicle Stickers, Parking, Dogs and 50/50 Culvert Information can be found here.