News and Information:
- PICK UP AFTER YOUR PETS! It is a violation of Village Ordinances for dog owners to leave pet waste deposited by owner's dog upon any premises, public or private, other than the private property of the owner. Failure to remove pet waste will result in fines.
- RECYCLE PET WASTE AND FOOD SCRAPS. Information on Prairieland's recycling program for food scraps/organics/pet waste can be found here.
LAKE COUNTY OFFERS REDUCED PRICE FOR PRIVATE WELL WATER TESTING. In observance of National Ground Water Awareness Week, between March -18, 2016, the Deparment is offering reduced rates for well water testing, priced regularily at $18, kits will be available for $12. More information on the program can be found here.
- PRIVATE WELL OWNER TIP SHEET. The National Ground Water Association has published a Well Owner Tip Sheet with suggestions on testing, cleaning and stewarding their private wells. The tip sheet can be found here.
- Barrington Area Council on Aging offers free tax preparation by AARP volunteers. Click here to learn more about the program.
- PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION HAVE RELEASED ETON PARK EVENTS FOR 2016! Think Spring! The Parks & Recreation Commission are busy planning for summer/fall of 2016. Following are dates for Eton Park Events: First summer concert on, Saturday May 21st featuring Better with Bacon (rain date June 4th), 6-8 pm; Second summer Concert on, Saturday, September 10th featuring Mike Novello Music (rain date September 17th) 6-8 pm, Fall Fest, October 1st, 12-4 pm, Winter Fest, Saturday, December 3rd, 12-3 pm. If you are interested in volunteering for any event, or becoming a member of the Parks Commission, please contact the Village!
ILLINOIS ROUTE 22 AND OLD BARRINGTON ROAD INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENTS. Illinois Department of Transportation has started the intersection improvements at Old Barrington Road and Illinois Route 22. The intersection will be widened to allow for left turn lanes and the installation of traffic signals. Old Barrington Road will remain two lanes, the turn lanes will be on Route 22 to travel either north or south on Old Barrington Road. Tree clearing has taken place, utilities will then be relocated, and the signal will be installed next year. The traffic light will have pre-emption device to increase response times for emergency vehicles.
- RADON GAS TESTING KITS AVAILABLE THROUGH THE LAKE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT. January has been designated Nnational Radon Action Month by the EPA. In connection with this observance, the Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center is encouraging residents to check the radon levels of their homes or apartments in January or during the winter months. The best time to check for radon is during cold weather when windows and doors remain closed. Radon increases your risk of lung cancer, so it is important to check the level in your home. Short-term test kits are available through the Health Department for $10. The cost includes return postage, laboratory analysis and interpretation by Health Department staff. Test kits are also availabe from area hardware and building supply stores. Radon, an odorless and colorless gas naturally found in rock and soil, seeps into homes from the soil through cracks in the basement floor and foundation, crawl spaces, poorly sealed sump pumps, floor drains, porous cinder block walls and other foundation floor and wall penetrations. For addtional information, contact the Health Department's Ecological Services at (847) 377-8020.
- COAL TAR INFORMATION. Coal tar based sealcoats are one of the options for applying on asphalt driveways for protecting them from weathering and maintaining a dark, glossy appearance. Coal tar contains a high level of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), a class of chemical organic compoounds, several of which are very toxic. Prolonged exposure to the PAHs in coal tar are hazardous to human health, animal health and aquatic health whether ingested, inhaled or absorbed through the skin.The Village is considering banning the use of coal tar sealants. To learn more, see the fact sheet.
- ELECTRICAL AGGREGATION. The Village of North Barrington has renewed its aggregation program with Constellation Energy Services, Inc. at a price of 7.09 cents per kWh from your July 2015 meter read through your July 2017 meter read. As a resident or small business owner in North Barrington, you are elligible to participate in the program. If you already are in the program, you will automatically remain in the program unless you opt out by June 19, 2015. If you have not signed up for the program, you will automatically be enrolled in the program unless you opt out by June 19, 2015. You will receive this information in the mail in the next few days, as well as postcards to opt out. Frequently asked questions and answers can be found here. For more information, you may contact Constellation at 855-776-5597 or visit their website found here.
- HELP PROTECT BASIC SERVICES AND QUALITY OF LIFE IN NORTH BARRINGTON! The Illinois Legislature and Governor Rauner are considering taking local revenue to patch the state's budget holes at the expense of Illinois' cities and villages. This local revenue funds basic services like police protection, road repairs and maintenance, infrastructure projects, and snow plowing. If the state proposal becomes a reality, the Village of North Barrington would lose $150,826 annually. Our community is opposed to raising taxes or eliminating essential services or vital public works projects to make up for this lost revenue. YOU CAN HELP by telling Springfield that they can't fix their problem by shifting the burden onto local communities. Visit www.ProtectMyTown.com to send a letter to your legislators and Governor Rauner urging them not to take our tax dollars!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.