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Welcome Director of Cultural Affairs Brian Coyle

The Village of Barrington is pleased to announce it has hired Dr. Brian Coyle as its new Director of Cultural Affairs. Coyle, an accomplished conductor, educator, and arts leader, brings decades of experience to this role, which includes serving as Director of Barrington’s White House, the Village’s cultural and community center, and working with the Barrington Cultural Commission. He will be succeeding Dr. Rollin Potter, who has served as the founding Cultural Director for the past ten years, shaping Barrington’s White House into the cultural hub it is today and furthering the programming of the Barrington Cultural Commission.

Brian Coyle received his Doctorate of Musical Arts from Michigan State University and served as a professor and chairperson at Hope College for 26 years. Coyle’s distinguished career includes notable achievements, such as serving as the Executive Director of the Civic Music Association of Des Moines and a co-founder of the International Association of Jazz Arrangers and Composers (ISJAC). His dedication to fostering artistic growth and community engagement aligns perfectly with the mission and vision of Barrington’s White House.

“Brian’s arrival marks an exciting new chapter for us,” said Village of Barrington President Karen Darch. “His deep understanding of the arts and his commitment to cultural development make him an ideal leader to continue the legacy of excellence established by Rollin Potter.”

Since opening in 2015, Barrington’s White House has thrived under Rollin Potter’s leadership, building a vibrant cultural program and welcoming thousands of visitors to diverse events, including musical performances, lectures, and art exhibitions. Potter has nurtured partnerships with art associations, Chicago area universities, and other expert organizations to strengthen the cultural programming offered. His dedication helped transform Barrington’s White House into the premier cultural destination in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Potter will be recognized for his hard work and commitment to Barrington’s White House at a farewell reception, open to the public, on Friday, June 14, from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. at Barrington’s White House, 145 W. Main St.

As Coyle takes on his new role, he is enthusiastic about building upon Potter’s legacy. “It is an honor to join such a dynamic and thriving community,” said Coyle. “I look forward to working with the talented team at Barrington’s White House, the Barrington Cultural Commission, and with local community members to continue creating meaningful cultural experiences for the Barrington area.”

Brian Coyle, Director of Cultural Affairs, can be reached at bcoyle@barrington-il.gov.

For more information about the cultural programming at Barrington’s White House, please visit the website.

Barrington Events Guide 2024

Click HERE to download a PDF of the 2024 Barrington Events Guide.

JULY

Thursday, July 18: Thursday Night Out / Barrington Farmers Market
4:00 – 8:00 p.m., Cook & Station Streets

Thursday, July 18: Sizzling Sale Days
Downtown Barrington

Friday, July 19: Sizzling Sale Days
Downtown Barrington

Saturday, July 20: Sizzling Sale Days
Downtown Barrington

Thursday, July 25: Thursday Night Out / Barrington Farmers Market
4:00 – 8:00 p.m., Cook & Station Streets

Friday, July 26: Metra Lot Concert (Mike & Joe)
7:00 – 9:00 p.m., North Commuter Lot

Saturday, July 27: Classical Connections: An Evening of Musical Treasures
7:30 p.m., Barrington’s White House

AUGUST

Thursday, August 1: Thursday Night Out / Barrington Farmers Market
4:00 – 8:00 p.m., Cook & Station Streets

Thursday, August 1: Plein Air Painting Demo w/ Steve Puttrich
      4:00 – 6:00 p.m., Cook & Station Streets

Thursday, August 8: National Night Out Against Crime
5:30 – 8:30 p.m., Cook & Station Streets

Thursday, August 15: Thursday Night Out / Barrington Farmers Market
4:00 – 8:00 p.m., Cook & Station Streets

Friday, August 16: Metra Lot Concert (Smooth Sailing)
7:00 – 9:00 p.m., North Commuter Lot

Saturday, August 17: Barrington Family Expo
12:00 – 4:00 p.m., Citizens Park

Thursday, August 22: Barrington Farmers Market 
4:00 – 8:00 p.m., Station Street

Thursday, August 29: Barrington Farmers Market 
4:00 – 8:00 p.m., Station Street

SEPTEMBER

Thursday, September 5: Barrington Farmers Market 
4:00 – 8:00 p.m., Station Street

Thursday, September 12: Barrington Farmers Market 
4:00 – 8:00 p.m., Station Street

Thursday, September 19: Barrington Farmers Market 
4:00 – 8:00 p.m., Station Street

Thursday, September 26: Barrington Farmers Market 
4:00 – 8:00 p.m., Station Street

Friday, September 27: Paint the Town Barrington! Begins
Throughout the Village of Barrington

Saturday, September 28: Homecoming Parade
10:00 a.m., Main Street

Saturday, September 28: Public Safety Open House
9:00 – 12:00 p.m., Public Safety Building

OCTOBER

Thursday, October 3: Barrington Farmers Market 
4:00 – 8:00 p.m., Station Street

Saturday, October 5: Scarecrow Festival
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Memorial Park

Saturday, October 5: Barrington Wine Walk
2:00 – 6:00 p.m., Downtown Barrington

Saturday, October 5: Paint the Town Barrington! Reception
3:00 – 6:00  p.m., Barrington’s White House

Thursday, October 10: Barrington Farmers Market 
4:00 – 8:00 p.m., Station Street

Board Business

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BOARD BUSINESS

Our Board Business column is featured in our bi-weekly E-News blast and highlights recent actions taken by the Village of Barrington Board of Trustees, pictured below. 

JUNE 10, 2024 Board Business

At the June 10, 2024, Board of Trustees meeting, the Board approved a contract to sandblast and paint fire hydrants for the calendar years 2024, 2025 and 2026.

“Over the next three years, Alpha Maintenance & Service Inc. will undertake the crucial task of sandblasting and painting 300 of the 1000 Village-maintained fire hydrants. This preventative maintenance program, designed to reduce corrosion from road salt and weather, is essential for protecting and prolonging the life of our fire hydrants. Ensuring these vital pieces of infrastructure remain in optimal condition guarantees their proper operation when needed most, safeguarding our community’s safety and preparedness,” said Trustee Mike Moran.

April 22, 2024 Board Business

At the April 22, 2024, Board of Trustees meeting, the Board approved electrical service improvements at the Wool Street parking lot adjacent to the Metra train station and the BMO Harris parking lot. Additionally, the Barrington Junior Women’s Club presented its Character Counts awards.

“The electrical projects exemplify the village’s commitment to enhancing infrastructure and sustainability within our community. By upgrading the electrical service at the Wool Street and BMO Harris Bank parking lots, we ensure the safety and efficiency of these areas and pave the way for future advancements. From supporting local events with reliable power sources to facilitating the integration of potential electric vehicle charging stations in the future, these initiatives underscore our dedication to the well-being of Barrington residents and visitors alike,” said Trustee Mike Moran.

“Character Counts is an important program highlighting the wonderful things people are doing in our community. The length of time these recipients have been doing great work behind the scenes is commendable. Year after year, it is amazing to see the volume and depth of community involvement. We are very fortunate to live in a place where people look out for one another,” said Trustee Jason Lohmeyer.

March 22, 2024 Board Business

 

At the March 18, 2024, Board of Trustees meeting, the Board approved the replacement and upgrades of multiple outdoor warning sirens.
“The replacement of two outdoor warning sirens and the upgrade of five existing ones will ensure our emergency alert system is both modern and effective,” said Trustee Mike Moran. “These updates to our emergency siren system are crucial for maintaining public safety. These sirens, along with our communications application Everbridge, ensure that our residents are quickly and reliably informed about severe weather and other emergencies.”

MARCH 8, 2024 Board Business

 

At the February 26, 2024, Board of Trustees meeting, the Board approved the Pace Suburban Bus agreement with Lake Barrington and Barrington and Cuba Townships and celebrated Barrington’s White House recent Innovator of the Year award from the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce.
“Through our partnership with Pace, we provide access for our residents to local destinations and necessary appointments in and around our community. We are pleased to partner with Barrington and Cuba Townships, as well as Lake Barrington, to provide this important service,” said Trustee Mike Moran.
 
“We are proud to receive the Innovator of the Year award for Barrington’s White House,” explained Trustee Todd Sholeen. “This is a testament to its staff, volunteers, and dynamic and culturally enriched programming that positively impacts our entire community.”

JANUARY 19, 2024 Board Business

 

At the Monday, January 5, 2024, Board of Trustees meeting, the Board approved a contract with development services consultant Leslie Murphy of Leslie Murphy Consulting, LLC.
“Engaging with economic development expert Leslie Murphy reinforces the Board’s dedication to the Village’s economic growth. Leslie’s insights will be pivotal in shaping innovative economic strategies, reinforcing our connections with local businesses, and evaluating the most effective tools for economic development,” stated Trustee Jennifer Wondrasek.

December 15, 2023 Board Business

At the Monday, December 11, 2023, Board of Trustees meeting, the Board approved two actions including the approval of the Director of Cultural Affairs position and a zoning Special Use and Certificate of Approval for a day care center.

“With the Director of Cultural Affairs, we aim to bring in a leader who not only meets the job qualifications but will also continue the high caliber of cultural programming that has been set by Dr. Rollin Potter, who has been leading our cultural event seasons through Barrington’s White House for eight years,” said Trustee Jason Lohmeyer.

“The board is pleased to provide the Special Use and Certificate of Approval for 310 E. James Street, the previous District 220 Administrative Offices, to be repurposed as a day care center, which will support the community and Barrington families by providing a new offering of child care,” said Trustee Brian Prigge.

December 1, 2023 Board Business

Two public safety initiatives were passed at the Monday, November 27, 2023 Board of Trustees meeting. The Village Code was amended to include language relating to “Street Racing” and “Street Sideshows” Takeovers and prohibiting the sales of Alternative Tobacco Products Delta 8 and Delta 9.

“Because the Village of Barrington is a Home Rule community, the board is able to pass public safety code amendments such as these. This will allow our police department to be more proactive in protecting the public from street racing and street takeovers,” said Trustee Todd Sholeen.

“The board adopted a code amendment prohibiting the sale of Delta 8 and Delta 9 in the Village of Barrington for the safety of our community. Due to manufacturing inconsistencies, overall safety, and lack of regulation, prohibiting the sales of these products will allow us to keep our residents safe,” said Trustee Kate Duncan.

Crime Free Housing Program

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Crime free housing program

The Village of Barrington Crime Free Housing Program is designed to help residents, owners, and the managers of rental property keep illegal drugs and other criminal activity off of rental property. The program requires property owners to:

  • Obtain an annual Residential Rental License
  • Attend an educational training session conducted by the Barrington Police Department
  • Add the Crime Free Lease Addendum to their tenants’ leases

Jennifer Wisniewski

Executive Assistant to the Chief of Police & Crime Free Housing Program Coordinator

(847) 304-3303

policeadmin@barrington-il.gov

PROGRAM DETAILS

The program uses a 3-part approach which ensures the crime prevention goal, while maintaining a tenant-friendly approach:  

Phase One: Education

This involves a mandatory four hour seminar presented by the Barrington Police Department to landlords and property managers.  Topics include:  The application process, Crime free lease addendum, benefits of applicant screening, crime prevention, and C.P.T.E.D. Concepts (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design).

Phase Two: CPTED Evaluation

This optional phase certifies that the rental property has met the security requirements for the residents’ safety using Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) standards. A representative from the Barrington Police Department will conduct a security evaluation of the property and make recommendations.

    Phase Three: Safety Social

    To obtain full certification, property managers and owners will host a Safety Social for their residents to involve them in preventing crime on the property and to get involved in the community. This meeting invites residents to meet with police and property management to discuss the program.

    Upon completion of all three phases of the Crime Free Housing Program, property owners may advertise their property indicating participation in the Village of Barrington Crime Free Housing Program.   Additionally, use of the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program logo will be granted for brochures and advertisements. 

      Program Benefits

      • Improved personal safety for tenants, landlords, and property managers
      • A stable tenant base
      • Lower maintenance and repairs costs
      • Increased property values

      Crime Free Housing Training Sessions

      Crime Free Housing Program education training sessions will be held by the Barrington Police Department on an ongoing basis, and offered at a variety of days and times to meet the needs of the community. The seminar will last approximately 4 hours and will be held at the Barrington Public Safety Building (400 N Northwest Hwy, Barrington, IL). 

      Participation is required for property owners and/or managers. Please submit your Residential Rental License application and pay the annual license fee prior to attending the seminar.

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      Moving in or out of Barrington?

      Just moved to the Village of Barrington?

      As a new resident or business, we realize you want to set up your new refuse, water and sewer service as quickly and easily as possible. Here’s what you need to do:

      1. Fill out the Utility Services Application.
      2. With a government-issued picture ID, come in to the Village Hall at 200 S. Hough Street, to set up your utility billing account. Sorry, but current federal rules designed to prevent identity theft make it necessary for you to set up this account in person, rather than online or on the phone. And please don’t forget to bring in your government-issued picture ID!  
      3. If you would like to pay via Direct Debit, please fill out the Utility Billing Direct Payments Agreement. Return the form and a voided check to Village Hall, 200 S. Hough Street, Barrington, IL 60010 or email to smoss@barrington-il.gov.

      Moving out of your home or rental in the Village of Barrington? 

      If you plan on terminating water service, here’s what you need to do:

      1. Fill out the Termination of Utility Services form.
      2. Return the form to Village Hall, 200 S. Hough Street, Barrington, IL 60010 or email to smoss@barrington-il.gov.
      Moving in or out of Barrington?

      Lead Water Service Line Replacement Information

      Currently, the Village of Barrington is working on several water system improvements. Recently, the Illinois General Assembly passed legislation called the Lead Service Line Replacement and Notification Act, which requires replacement of lead service lines. The Village of Barrington has secured grant funding from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to help cover the cost of the replacement program, which will come at no cost to any individual homeowner. 

      As such, the Village is required by law to inventory water service line material within the Village’s community water system and report the findings to the State. The main purpose of this inventory is to determine the number and location of water services constructed with lead and to present a long range plan for the replacement of those lines. Structures built prior to 1986 may have a water service line made of lead. The Village has created an online inventory/map of lead and copper water service lines for all residential, commercial, and institutional properties. 

      It is important to know that the Village annually tests the water for the presence of lead and lead is NOT found in the Village’s water source and it is NOT found in the Village’s treated drinking water. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) regulates lead in drinking water and the Village meets all requirements including adding polyphosphates to the water to help prevent lead from entering the water from lead pipes

      Questions?

      Contact the Village of Barrington Public Works Department at water@barrington-il.gov or by phone at (847) 304-3362.

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