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Tuesday, April 7, 2020
 
Good afternoon,
 
I am so grateful that the sun is shining today, and while we can only enjoy the beautiful spring weather within the context of social distancing, the growing flowers and plants are a lovely reminder that new life is springing forth even in the midst of “dark” times. 
 
There is so much light coming to the fore in our community right now. Barrington is a community of “do-ers” and givers, and those character traits are shining brightly these days.
 
I’m so grateful to both Barrington Township and Cuba Township for continuing to execute critical social services at this time, including food pantries that provide for those who need it most. Those in need in our community should always know that help is available for them.
 
I’ve also been very gratified to see the way in which our community has pulled together to support our small businesses. The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce and Melanie Marcordes on our Village staff have both done a terrific job of providing support and resources to our businesses, and our community has responded by ordering take-out and delivery and patronizing businesses as they can within the new guidelines. 
 
I’m also very excited to tell you that the Barrington Area Community Foundation and the Barrington Area United Way, along with partners from the Healthier Barrington coalition, have just announced the creation of the Barrington Area COVID Response Fund, which includes a $100,000 match grant from the Community Foundation that will provide much-needed support for our area nonprofits as a result of this crisis. You can read more about this terrific initiative below.
 
It has also been wonderful to see that there has been a resurgence in the seemingly lost domestic art of sewing, as the demand for face masks has increased substantially. Below you’ll read about several of our residents and also the Barrington Tailor Shop, which are coordinating efforts to make masks and get them into the hands of those who need them. 
 
I’d also like to thank Superintendent Dr. Brian Harris and the Board and staff of Barrington 220, who are valiantly helping our students and teachers navigate a difficult educational situation for which no one could have planned. Executive Director Terry Jennings and the Board and staff of the Barrington Park District are also doing a wonderful job at keeping our parks open (with our social distancing help) so that we can all still enjoy the beauty of the Barrington area. And I’d like to thank Executive Director Jesse Henning and the Board and staff of the Barrington Area Library for stepping up to become a clearinghouse of very important information and resources for our entire community. 
 
And of course, we owe our utmost gratitude to all our first responders in our Barrington Police and Fire Departments, as well as our Public Works staff and all our Village employees, who continue to work tirelessly each day to keep our community safe and functioning.
 
And finally, during this Passover and Easter week, I would like to thank all our faith leaders in the Barrington community. Like everyone, they are learning to adapt by providing worship services remotely, and those who rely on their faith communities during times like these are ever grateful.
 
It is more important than ever that we continue to work together, support each other, and offer kindnesses - both large and small - when we can. Please be well and safe, and I wish you all a Happy Passover and a Happy Easter.
 
 
Karen Darch
President, Village of Barrington
 
Barrington Area Community Foundation Offers $100,000 Challenge Matching Grant for COVID Fund to Support Nonprofits
 
The Barrington Area Community Foundation (BACF) and the Barrington Area United Way (BAUW) are announcing the creation of a Barrington Area COVID Response Fund (BACRF). The BACF Board of Directors has approved a special $100,000 challenge grant that will match dollar-for-dollar donations made to the fund.
 
BACF and BAUW, along with several member organizations from the Healthier Barrington Coalition, such as the Barrington Area Development Council, the Barrington Area Ministerial Association, and others, are responding to the needs of the area’s nonprofit organizations as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
 
Grants from the fund will be prioritized for nonprofit organizations serving the Barrington area that provide vital basic needs, services, and resources to disproportionately impacted individuals and families, especially within vulnerable populations. Additionally, the fund will support nonprofit organizations that are experiencing financial hardship or providing increased support services to individuals and families not qualified for coverage by other avenues.
 
Please see the BAUW website www.bauw.org for further information on this effort and to donate.

 
Volunteers and Donations of Fabric and Elastic Needed for Local Mask-Makers

Some heroes wear (and make!) masks! Numerous groups in our community have organized to sew and make face masks and accessories for members of our community. They are in need of volunteers and supplies including fabric and elastic.
 
Local Facebook group “Some Heroes Wear Masks” is looking for volunteer seamstresses to sew mask covers, gowns and ear-relieving headbands for emergency workers. Please fill out this form to join the cause.  
 
And yet another community member, Hough Street School teacher Patti Haney, has reached out via Facebook on behalf of a friend who is making masks for employees at our local Barrington grocery stores. She is also looking for donations of fabric and elastic. For more information on how to donate to this effort, find Patti Haney on Facebook and she will coordinate dropoffs and delivery.
 
NEED A MASK?
Barrington Tailor Shop at 112 East Main Street has mobilized its sewing staff to make cloth masks that are available for anyone in our community who needs them (limit 2 masks per family). They are also accepting donations of fabric and elastic (as well as financial donations to purchase supplies). Please call Jolly at 847.381.6411 to schedule a supply drop-off or mask pick-up.

 
An Update from Groot on Curbside Recycling
 
While many communities across the country have suspended their curbside recycling programs due to COVID-19, Groot continues to pick up recycling curbside for our Barrington residents.
 
However, they have let us know that most recycling processes (including Groot’s) require employees to physically touch the recyclables to properly sort them. 
 
As such, in an effort to protect their employees, Groot has now requested that those households that have tested positive for or believe to have COVID-19 to discontinue curbside recycling until the household is completely symptom-free. ALL trash should be properly bagged, tied, and disposed of in a garbage receptacle in order to avoid as much physical contact for employees as possible.
 
This will help keep Groot employees safe and will also ensure that recycling can continue for the rest of the community.
 
Thank you for your cooperation.
 
Landscapers Are Considered Essential
 
As spring begins to come to the Barrington area, we have begun to receive calls about landscaping activity. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Activity has verified that landscape services ARE an essential activity, and therefore you can expect to see landscapers around town. The IDCEA specifically noted that "Outdoor landscape projects generally provide for good social distancing that poses little risk of transmission", while still ensuring the ability to wash hands and take other precautions.
 
"THE CHIPPER" Will Make the Rounds from April 20 - May 15
 
Many residents are using this time to work in their yards, and so as an additional service to our community, the Village will begin its CHIPPER program two weeks early this year, beginning April 20. The Chipper will work its way throughout the Village for four weeks, from Monday, April 20 until Friday, May 15. No need to worry about which side of Main Street you live on. Simply leave your materials out by the curb no later than Monday, May 11, and the Chipper will pick them up.
 
Branches may be up to 10” in diameter and at least 4’ in length. Stack branches neatly in a long, low pile on the parkway, with the cut end facing the curb. Public Works crews cannot pick up material on private property. The following items cannot be picked up: root balls and stumps; building materials; anything with nails, wire or bolts; any materials placed in a box or garbage can; grass; leaves; or any materials other than wooded branch materials.
 
Please note: The Village has begun tree trimming in the parkways. We may stack branches by the curb for pickup later by the Chipper.
 

INFORMATION FOR BUSINESSES
 
Important Business Resources
 
Below are important links for our business community regarding resources available to you during the coronavirus crisis.
 
 
 
Online and Carryout Options
Visit www.barrington-il.gov/open for a list of businesses who are open and offering online or carryout services. 

 
Call for Coupons and Specials!
 
In order to assist our Village restaurants and merchants during this unprecedented time, the Village is planning to send out a weekly e-coupon book each Thursday to our 7,000+ e-mail subscribers during this Stay-At-Home order. We would love to be able to share what you are offering to your customers. If you would like to be included, please contact cpotts@barrington-il.gov by no later than Monday at noon.:
 
Please make sure your website is up-to-date with the latest information, as this e-coupon book will include a direct link to your website.
 
If you have questions or business issues, please contact Melanie Marcordes at mmarcordes@barrington-il.gov or 847-304-3403.


COMMUNITY INFORMATION
 
 
Important Information from Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital
 
Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital has let us know that the new online COVID-19 Symptom Checker is the best way for patients to find the care they need. By answering a few simple questions, you’ll quickly learn what you need to do next – from seeing a provider with a video visit – 24/7 – to contacting your doctor.
 
The COVID-19 hotline at 1-866-4-HEALTH is staffed by clinicians who can answer questions about symptoms and determine the next steps in care, such as a virtual visit or a test from one of the temporary testing sites.
 
Check out the most up-to-date and accurate information at the online COVID-19 resource center. Also check out the virtual health platform, LiveWell app, that offers virtual appointments with physicians 24-hours a day.
 
Donation Information
 
Good Shepherd Hospital has been touched by the outpouring of support from the community. They are currently accepting donations of:
 
  • N-95 and procedural masks
  • Personal-sized unopened hand sanitizer
  • New or unused goggles or safety shields
  • Disinfectant wipes
Items can be dropped off at the donation receptacles at the Good Shepherd Hospital receiving dock. At this time they are not accepting homemade masks.

 
Community Resources from Barrington Area Library 
 
Thanks go to the Barrington Area Library, which has assembled a comprehensive list of resources available to you in our community. Check out the Barrington Area Library COVID-19 Resources list for links to:
 
 
For information on how to access these services, go to www.balibrary.org.

 
Barrington Park District Update
 
Barrington's parks are open for walking, running, and biking, but playgrounds are CLOSED, as are basketball and tennis courts, the skate park, and the community garden. Please help us keep the parks open during this time by observing social distancing in mind when you use the parks. Indoor Park District facilities, including the Fitness and Recreation Center, are closed and all programs are canceled at this time.
 
Summer Registration: Summer brochures have been mailed out, but registration has been delayed due to the Stay at Home order. Registration will begin for residents May 6 and for non-residents May 11. The Park District will continue to post updates regarding these dates, as COVID-19 is a fluid situation. Please do not mail in registrations at this point, as programs may need to be altered. If programs need to be changed, the website and webtrac (registration software) will have the most accurate up to date information. For the most updated information check out the BPD Facebook page. 
 
Pool Pass Sales: Pool pass sales will begin May 11. Please remember to bring your ID to verify residency.
 
For more information, go to www.barringtonparkdistrict.org.

 
Barrington 220 Schools Update
 
Due to the current Stay At Home order in effect, all Barrington 220 school buildings will remain closed to students through at least Thursday, April 30.
 
However, school is “open” in the virtual format. During the entire month of April we will continue implementing our Distance Learning Plan on weekdays. The state has deemed these “Remote Learning Days,” which will not have to be made up at the end of the school year.
 
During the month of April, Barrington 220 will continue to provide meals to students in need. Meals will be dropped off at students’ homes on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 2pm and 5pm. Each Tuesday, two breakfasts and two lunches will be provided per child. Each Thursday, three breakfasts and three lunches will be provided per child. On Thursdays, additional food will also be provided generously from Barrington Children's Charities. If you wish to add or discontinue drop-off meal service, or have any questions, please contact Yazmin Aceves via email yaceves@barrington220.org or call (847) 842-3534.
 
This Thursday: The Community Meal To-Go
 
 
The Community Meal program at St. Matthew's Church is offering To-Go meals every Thursday from March 26 through April 30.
 
Every Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at St. Matthew's Church (720 Dundee Avenue), the community is invited to drive thru the circular drive at the front of the church to pick up a meal, which can be taken home. There are NO deliveries or dining in the building.
 
It's more than a meal...it's helping your neighbors! 

 
Volunteers Needed for COVID Response
 
Because of the outpouring of support from residents seeking to help the community, Lake County government has teamed up with the United Way of Lake County to coordinate local COVID-19 response volunteer opportunities.
 
The public may visit the 211 Lake County website to view a list of local volunteer opportunities and register to help using an online form. The form asks for contact information, times of availability, areas of interest and other questions in order to appropriately match volunteers with organizations in need of assistance.
 
Calling Medical Professionals
The State of Illinois is seeking medically trained professionals to join the fight against COVID-19. Those who register through the State’s website may be contacted to work in a hospital or alternative housing setting.
 
 
Be Aware of Scams Regarding COVID-19 Tests
 
Lake County State’s Attorney Michael Nerheim is warning residents of potential scams that attempt to prey on people during the Coronavirus pandemic.
 
Scammers have been making phone calls posing at health care workers or companies offering COVID-19 tests. In many cases, these scammers claim they are able to either obtain tests for people or are able to get test results to people quicker. In these cases, the person is asked to pay in cash or hand over personal identifying information in exchange for the test.
 
“People should always be wary of any business, charity, government or individual requesting payments in cash, wire transfers, or gift cards through the mail. In addition, people should never share identifiable personal or financial information with any unknown sources,” said State's attorney Nerheim.
 
Should someone become the target or fall victim to a scam during COVID-19 pandemic, they should reach out to local law enforcement or contact the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office directly at (847) 377-3000 or via email at statesattorney@lakecountyil.gov.
 
Where to Go for Rumor Control
 
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is now leading the national response to the Coronavirus, and to help dispel rumors, the agency has created a new rumor control page where we can see (nationally) where some of the rumors can be found and debunked.
 
For more information, click on the FEMA Coronavirus Rumor Control web site.

 
IMPORTANT VILLAGE INFORMATION
 
 
Commuters: Quarterly Hang Tag Renewals
 
Quarterly hang tag holders may purchase a new hang tag at any time for a prorated fee using the Passport website.
 
If you are currently working from home, once you return to work you can proceed to purchase a new hang-tag at a pro-rated cost.
 
If you purchased a second quarter commuter hang tag and are now working from home, you have the option to return the tag for a refund. The refund will be issued once the tag is received at Village Hall. You can drop the hang tag, with a note stating you would like a refund, in the mail or the drop box located at the Village Hall parking lot exit. Please include your
name and email in case of questions.
 
 
Village Waives Late Charges for Utility Bills; Pay Online
 
The Village is waiving late charges for utility bills in March and April.
 
Effective April 1, 2020, everyone will be able to pay their utility bill with a credit card online without incurring an administrative charge.
 
Village Hall is closed to the public; all residents can make their payment by either sending in their checks via the mail or by paying on the website.

 
Permits and Inspections UPDATE
 
As of April 7, 2020, the Village of Barrington is implementing electronic permit review and issuance procedures as part of our response to the COVID-19 crisis. Please view the Village's electronic permit submittals page before contacting staff or submitting your permit application. 
 
Please allow for extended processing times as our Staff works through these entirely new procedures in order to accommodate permit review and issuance remotely and electronically.
 
The Village will continue to conduct inspections on a very limited basis for unoccupied dwellings, exterior inspections and emergency inspections in occupied dwellings required to maintain the safety, sanitation and/or occupation of the dwelling.  You may contact (847) 304-3400 and select "3" for Development Services to schedule inspections.  
 
 
 
ComEd Halts Service Disconnections
 
Due to COVID-19, ComEd has voluntarily implemented a moratorium on service disconnections for non-payment.
 
This suspension will apply to both residential and commercial customers and will remain in effect at least until May 1 To further support customers who may be impacted by the pandemic, they will offer their most flexible pay plans to customers who indicate either an impact or hardship as a result of COVID-19.
 
For electric emergencies contact 1-800-334-7661 at any time, 24 hours a day. For routine inquiries or payments, call 1-800-334-7661. You may also use ComEd.com or the ComEd Mobile App.  


 
Have fun photos to share of how you're managing during the Stay at Home order? Send them with a quick caption to Clancy Potts at cpotts@barrington-il.gov.

 
PUBLIC MEETINGS
 
 
Tuesday, April 1
Comprehensive Plan Neighborhood Meeting
CANCELLED
 
 
Monday, April 13
Board of Trustees
Via Electronic Meeting, 8:00 p.m.


Wednesday, April 1, 2020
 
 
Good afternoon,
 
As you all know by now, Governor Pritzker, in accordance with national guidance, has extended the “Stay at Home” order for Illinois until at least April 30. We also know from watching the news that the next two weeks are going to be a difficult time here in the United States in regards to the “curve” of the spread of the coronavirus and its devastating effects for the most vulnerable among us.
 
I’m sure that I am starting to sound like a broken record, but I truly cannot emphasize enough how important it is that all of us here in Barrington practice appropriate social distancing, even when you are outside. While some outdoor areas remain open, all of our community’s playground equipment (and also basketball/tennis courts, etc.) is off-limits. It’s also important that you resist the urge to have gatherings of friends and families, even if they are small. Because many of us are still going to grocery stores and completing essential tasks, each time we are out we risk exposing ourselves and then others if we gather together at all. 
 
We continue to receive reports of inappropriate gatherings, and while our police department is vigilant about issuing warnings, they cannot be in all places at all times. It’s going to take all of us working together to “self-police” and gently remind our family, friends, and neighbors that it is best if we all simply stay home.
 
While I know that staying at home and social distancing have many challenges, I have also been heartened to see so many of the creative ways that our residents are using this time to reconnect with their families and provide good cheer in difficult times. Earlier this week, my spirits were lifted when I received a lovely note on my driveway in sidewalk chalk from my neighbors, the Lichtenberger family, whose children had been “Mayors for the Day” with me recently. It seems that a lot of people have begun leaving sidewalk chalk notes on their driveways for socially-distanced passers by to enjoy, which helps cheer us all immensely.
 
I’ve also seen people organizing drive-by parades for those celebrating birthdays and finding other creative ways to be together in spirit when we can’t be together physically. For my part, technology has also been an incredible friend. Last weekend I was happy to join with my husband and four of my six children for a video chat playing the online version of one of our favorite games.
 
There is no doubt that we will see change once the crisis of the coronavirus has passed. While we must do everything we can to assist those who may have lost family members and friends, and whose jobs and livelihoods have been disrupted, I also believe that some of this change can be for the positive. We’ve all had to take a pause and reconnect to what is important to us, and that will give us a wonderful opportunity to build a “new normal” that, I hope, will be reflective of the best we can be as Barringtonians and as Americans.
 
Thank you,
 
Karen Darch
President, Village of Barrington
 
Today Is National Census Day! Please Complete Your Census
 
 
Today is National Census Day! To date, over 46% of Barrington residents have completed their census. We need the other 54% of our community to step up and do the same. Remember, it's the law, and we need everyone to be counted so that we can receive our fair share of federal and state resources.
 
Go to www.census.gov today to do your part!

 
Village Tree Trimming Will Begin This Week; "THE CHIPPER" Will Make the Rounds from April 20 - May 15
 
Many residents are using this time to work in their yards, and so as an additional service to our community, the Village will begin its CHIPPER program two weeks early this year, beginning April 20. The Chipper will work its way throughout the Village for four weeks, from Monday, April 20 until Friday, May 15. No need to worry about which side of Main Street you live on. Simply leave your materials out by the curb no later than Monday, May 11, and the Chipper will pick them up.
 
Branches may be up to 10” in diameter and at least 4’ in length. Stack branches neatly in a long, low pile on the parkway, with the cut end facing the curb. Public Works crews cannot pick up material on private property. The following items cannot be picked up: root balls and stumps; building materials; anything with nails, wire or bolts; any materials placed in a box or garbage can; grass; leaves; or any materials other than wooded branch materials.
 
Please note: The Village will begin tree trimming in the parkways this week. We may stack branches by the curb for pickup later by the Chipper.

 
Groot Garbage Pick Up Is on Schedule for Friday; Larger Items Not Permitted
 
Once again this week, Groot will be picking up garbage as usual (Friday, April 3), but in order to keep its employees safe by avoiding picking up larger items by hand, the company is temporarily disallowing pickup of oversized items that do not fit into garbage cans or dumpsters. These items have always required an extra fee from residents for disposal, and so residents will not see a reduction in fees due to this service change.
 
Items such as washers, dryers, stoves, dishwashers, etc. will not be permitted. If it doesn't fit in the can or dumpster, don't put it out!
 
Important Business Resources
 
Below are important links for our business community regarding resources available to you during the coronavirus crisis.
 
 
 
Online and Carryout Options

Visit www.barrington-il.gov/open for a list of businesses who are open and offering online or carryout services. 
 
Call for Coupons and Specials!
 
In order to assist our Village restaurants and merchants during this unprecedented time, the Village is planning to send out a weekly e-coupon book to our 7,000+ e-mail subscribers during this Stay-At-Home order. We would love to be able to share what you are offering to your customers. If you would like to be included, please forward the following five (5) pieces of information to cpotts@barrington-il.gov by no later than Monday at noon:
 
  1. Your Logo (jpg, png, pdf)
  2. Your Special Offering (i.e. 10% off; Buy One - Get One; Buy a Gift Card, Get a $5 Gift Card, etc) Be creative!
  3. Coupon Expiration Date
  4. Website Address/ Link
  5. Business Phone #
 
Please make sure your website is up-to-date with the latest information, as this e-coupon book will include a direct link to your website. We anticipate this e-coupon book will be sent out each Thursday during this Stay-At-Home order. Each week, the deadline for submissions will be Monday at noon.


A Message from Karen Darch: Social Distancing Is Critical at This Time

Thursday, March 26, 2020
 
 
Good afternoon,
 
As we approach the close of yet another week of our new reality, it seems to me that the coronavirus crisis has been going on for a very long time. Yet, it’s truly only been a few weeks, and as we know, there is more to come.
 
And so, my message to you today begins with gratitude and thanks. I’m so very grateful that so far, our community seems to be in good shape during this pandemic, compared to what we are seeing in some of our larger cities. I want to thank all those in our community who have taken the “stay at home” message to heart and have done exactly that - stayed at home. This has undoubtedly helped us slow the spread of the virus here in Barrington, at least for the time being. 
 
For this reason, it is imperative that we continue to adhere to the spirit of the Executive Order that Governor Pritzker issued last week and practice social distancing, even when we are out and about in our parks, walking our dogs, or just getting some fresh air. 
 
We have been getting reports here at Village Hall and Public Safety about people congregating in parks and in other outdoor social settings. We are counting on all of you to use common sense and practice the 6-foot social distancing rule. The parks are open for walking, but not for congregating. The playgrounds at the parks and schools are closed (for obvious reasons); please do not use them. While it’s important to our mental health to be able to be outside, we need to do so in a responsible way.
 
I’d also like to make a plug for our local restaurants and businesses that are offering take-out and delivery. This is a great way to support these businesses and practice social distancing, and it also augments the work of our groceries in meeting our food needs.
 
There’s no doubt that it has been jarring to have to create a new normal that includes working from home, managing cooped-up children, and foregoing our ability to socialize as a stress reliever. But these are sacrifices that we all must make for the greater good of our community and those we love. 
 
And finally, I know this goes without saying, but I do want to remind everyone of the value of simply being kind to each other. As nerves fray and tensions rise the longer the stay-at-home order is in effect, your neighbors need a kind word, and those who are continuing to work at our grocery stores, pharmacies, and essential businesses also need a kind word. Further in this newsletter you will find information about mental health resources in the Barrington area, should you need to take advantage of them. 
 
This is a challenging time for all, but I know that we can pull through this together, as Barrington always has.
 
Thank you,
 
Karen Darch
President, Village of Barrington
 
Groot Garbage Pick Up Is on Schedule for Friday; Larger Items Not Permitted
 
Groot will be picking up garbage as usual tomorrow (Friday, March 27), but it has announced that while it is continuing curbside garbage and recycling pickup, it is temporarily disallowing pickup of oversized items that do not fit into garbage cans or dumpsters. These items have always required an extra fee from residents for disposal, and so residents will not see a reduction in fees due to this service change.
 
Items such as washers, dryers, stoves, dishwashers, etc. will not be permitted. If it doesn't fit in the can or dumpster, don't put it out!

 
Information for Our Business Community
 
While we have been communicating directly with the owners of our Barrington businesses regarding legislative updates and federal and state assistance, we wanted to provide a general business update of resources that all residents might find helpful if you are a business owner or operate an at-home business in the Village. If you would like to be added to the business-specific e-blast, please contact Melanie Marcordes at (847) 304-3403 or mmarcordes@barrington-il.gov.
 
The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Virtual Coffee Break on Friday, March 27, at 10:00 a.m. for businesses to share ideas and stories on how they are coping during this difficult time. Email Suzanne Corr to register at Suzanne@BarringtonChamber.com.
 
The following is a list of resources and information available to businesses. We will be sending updated information regarding the federal stimulus plan, once that becomes available.
 
 
  • Small Business Administration Low-Interest Federal Disaster Loans
  • Business Invest Program - Illinois Small Business COVID-19 Relief Program
  • Lake county Health Department Bi-Weekly Business Update
  • Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Lake County Partners - Business Resources
 
For the details on all of these resources, click here.

 
Illinois Tax Deadline Delayed to July 15; Real ID Postponed to 2021
 
Governor JB Pritzker has announced that the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) would delay the state’s tax filing and payment deadline by three months from April 15 to July 15. This announcement aligns the state’s deadline with the federal Internal Revenue Service deadline that was announced last week. For Governor Pritzker's press release, click here.
 
In addition, the federal government has announced that the implementation of the Real ID program will be postponed until October 1, 2021.

 
What To Do If You Are Sick; Information Regarding COVID-19 Testing   
 
If you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath, stay home and call your doctorDistance yourself from others in the household and if possible, stay in your own bedroom and use your own bathroom. Seek medical care right away if your illness is worsening (for example, you have difficulty breathing).     
 
Do not walk into a healthcare facility, urgent care clinic, or hospital before calling. Discuss your symptoms with your doctor. If your doctor believes that you need to be tested for COVID-19, your doctor should refer you to a COVID-19 testing site.
 
Residents who do not have a primary care provider can contact the Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center at (847) 377-8800 to schedule an appointment.   
 
Testing availability: Testing is being prioritized for people with symptoms who have high risk of complications. This includes older adults living in congregate settings and those with chronic health conditions like heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes, and those with weakened immune systems. People who do not show any symptoms do not need to get tested.   
 
A number of healthcare providers in Lake County currently have tests available. The Public Health Emergency Operations Center (PHEOC) is working to collect information on the availability of testing in Lake County and will provide updates at www.lakecountyil.gov/coronavirus as it becomes available. 

 
Mental Health Resources Are Available for Those in Our Community
 
This is a difficult time for all, for reasons physical, mental, emotional, and financial. Barrington has numerous resources available for those seeking mental health support.
 
If you or someone you know needs to talk through emotional, mental or behavioral challenges, be sure to connect with a counselor, clergy person, or doctor. Here are some resources:
 
Samaritan Counseling Center, 847-382-HOPE (4673). Counselors are providing both in-office (observing distancing requirements) and tele-health counseling sessions. Most insurance accepted. Sliding scale available for those in need.
 
Barrington Youth and Family Services847-381-0345. Counselors are providing both in-office (observing distancing requirements) and tele-health counseling sessions. Insurance accepted. Sliding scale available for those in need.
 
AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital, 800-432-5005. For assessment, in-patient, and partial in-patient treatment, serving both adults and teens.
TEXT 741741. Just type HELLO, to be connected to a 24-7 suicide prevention counselor. Or call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Lake County Help: text 1-844-823-5323. High schoolers can type BRONCOHELP, and anyone can just type HELLO.
 
Barrington is blessed with many outstanding psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and counselors. You can find many of them on the Psychology Today website. Use the filter for 60010.
 
Domestic Violence Hotline1-800-799-7233. If you or someone you know is in an abusive situation, please get help.
 
WINGS: Women and children domestic violence shelters and programs. 847-221-5680.
The CDC offers these helpful suggestions as well: Taking Care of Your Emotional Health.
 
Click here for a PDF of more information from Jeanne Hanson of Samaritan Counseling Center.
 
Beware of COVID-19 Fraud Schemes
 
Don't let scammers get the best of you during this crisis. The FBI advises you to be on the lookout for the following:
 
Fake CDC Emails - Watch out for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or other organizations claiming to offer information on the virus. Do not click links or open attachments you do not recognize.
 
Phishing Emails - Look out for phishing emails asking you to verify your personal information in order to receive an economic stimulus check from the government. Government agencies are not sending unsolicited emails seeking your private information in order to send you money. Phishing emails may also claim to be related to:
 
  • Charitable contributions
  • General financial relief
  • Airline carrier refunds
  • Fake cures and vaccines
  • Fake testing kits
 
Counterfeit Treatments or Equipment - Be cautious of anyone selling products that claim to prevent, treat, diagnose, or cure COVID-19. Be alert to counterfeit products such as sanitizing products and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including N95 respirator masks, goggles, full face shields, protective gowns, and gloves. More information on unapproved or counterfeit PPE can be found at www.cdc.gov/niosh. You can also find information on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website, www.fda.gov, and the Environmental Protection Agency website, www.epa.gov. Report counterfeit products at www.ic3.gov and to the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center at iprcenter.gov.
If you believe you are the victim of an Internet scam or cyber crime, or if you want to report suspicious activity, please visit the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.


IMPORTANT VILLAGE INFORMATION


 
Village Waives Late Charges for Utility Bills; Pay Online
 
The Village is waiving late charges for utility bills in March and April.
 
Effective April 1, 2020, everyone will be able to pay their utility bill with a credit card online without incurring an administrative charge.
 
Village Hall is closed to the public; all residents can make their payment by either sending in their checks via the mail or by paying on the website.
 
 
Hart Road Closed at Route 14 Until March 29
 
AT&T has closed Hart Road in Barrington to through traffic. The road is scheduled to reopen late Sunday, March 29.
 
The closure is necessary for AT&T to relocate fiber cables in preparation for the reconstruction and widening at the intersection of Hart Road and U.S. Route 14.
 
For more information on this project, go to the Lake County Hart Road update web site.
 
Cook County Assessor's Office Update
 
The Cook County Assessor’s Office has announced the temporary suspension of assessment notice mailings and appeal deadlines. This suspension will remain in place until further notice while the office remains closed to the public. For more information, go to


A Message from Karen Darch Regarding the Stay-at-Home Order

Monday, March 23, 2020
 
Good afternoon,
 
As we all continue to sort through the new realities of our lives during the coronavirus outbreak, I wanted to provide a bit of guidance regarding Gov. Prtizker's Stay-at-Home Executive Order last Friday regarding "essential" activities and/or businesses.
 
If you have had a chance to review the Executive Order more carefully, you'll find that the guidelines leave some room for interpretation regarding what is essential and what is not.
 
I think that this is a time when we all may want to focus on the "spirit of this order" as much as possible, which is that even if you are an essential business, if you can work from home by operating remotely and online, you should do so. Even businesses that are deemed "essential" should be assessing who can work from home, and should be ensuring that as many people follow the stay-at-home guidance as possible.
 
At the governmental offices of the Village of Barrington, 90% of our administrative employees are now working from home. They are still conducting the people's business, but they are doing it remotely. Of course, our police and fire departments are on the job as usual, and our public works employees have gone to split shifts and only essential duties. I hope that all of our residents will follow these same common sense protocols in both your personal and business lives.
 
All the information we are seeing from the CDC, the Surgeon General, and our medical experts is clear: The only way to combat this virus and safeguard not only ourselves and our families but the rest of our community (and especially our at-risk population) is to stay home, limit our daily interaction with others, and practice social distancing if we must go out.
 
Please do your part - if we all work together, we can keep each other safe and keep our community strong.
 
Thank you,
 
Karen Darch
President, Village of Barrington
 
Groot Continues Garbage & Recycling, But Oversized Items No Longer Permitted
 
Groot has announced that while it is continuing curbside garbage and recycling pickup, it is no longer allowing pickup of oversized items that do not fit into garbage cans or dumpsters.
 
Items such as washers, dryers, stoves, dishwashers, etc. will not be permitted. If it doesn't fit in the can or dumpster, don't put it out!

 
Looking to Donate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE's) Such as Masks?
 
We have received a number of calls from those who wish to donate supplies of Personal Protective Equipment (masks, gowns, hand sanitizer, etc.) to our public safety officers. We are so appreciative of our community's generosity, but thankfully the Village of Barrington's police and fire departments are prepared and have an adequate supply of these items currently on hand.
 
If you wish to donate such supplies, please go to www.coronavirus.illinois.gov for more information.

 
Gov. Pritzker Puts Out Call to Retired Health Care Workers to "Join the Fight"
 
On Saturday, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker put out a call for retired health care workers, including doctors, nurses, and physicians assistants to "join the fight" against the coronavirus. Pritzker indicated that the state would expedite licensing and waive fees; workers whose licenses will soon expire will be automatically extended through September. Go to www.coronavirus.illinois.gov for more information on how to become involved.
 
Many of Our Restaurants Are Still Open for Curbside Pickup and Delivery; Retailers Are Still Online
 
Craving your favorite Barrington restaurant meal? You can still have your favorites, you just need to have them at home! Or, if you're looking for that perfect gift, many of our retailers have online presences and also may be offering delivery.
 
It's more important than ever to help our local restaurants and small retailers, which have taken a crushing blow due to the coronavirus outbreak.
 
Many of our restaurants still remain open for curbside takeout and delivery in accordance with Gov. Pritzker's order that restaurants may stay open as long as food is not consumed on premises and individuals are not gathering inside. In addition, our community's small shops could use your help by shopping online.
 
Click here for a list of current offerings from our local businesses. Let's help keep our local economy going through this crisis!
 
 
Groceries Institute "Senior Hours"
 
Both Jewel and Heinen's have instituted "Senior Hours" for those in our elderly population and those who are immunocompromised so that they may shop without risk of encountering others who may be carrying the coronavirus.
 
JEWEL: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
 
HEINEN'S: Daily from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
 
These hours are for our elderly population and those who are immunocompromised. Please do your part to respect these times for those who are most vulnerable in our community.
 
In addition, CVS and Walgreens remain open. 

 
Take This Time to Take the Census Online
 
By now you should have received in the mail your invitation to complete the 2020 census. Please use this time to complete the census online or by phone as directed. The Census will continue as planned, but certain deadlines for response and follow-up may be extended. Please do your part and respond online or by phone by April 1 if possible. For more information go to www.census.gov.
 


IMPORTANT VILLAGE INFORMATION
 
 
Village Waives Late Charges for Utility Bills; Pay Online
 
The Village is waiving late charges for utility bills in March and April.  Effective April 1, 2020, everyone will be able to pay their utility bill with a credit card online without incurring an administrative charge. Village Hall is closed to the public; all residents can make their payment by either sending in their checks via the mail or by paying on the website.
 
 
Hart Road Closed at Route 14 Until March 29
 
AT&T has closed Hart Road in Barrington to through traffic. The road is scheduled to reopen late Sunday, March 29. The closure is necessary for AT&T to relocate fiber cables in preparation for the reconstruction and widening at the intersection of Hart Road and US Route 14. For more information on this project, go to the Lake County Hart Road update web site.
 

Cook County Assessor's Office Update
 
The Cook County Assessor’s Office has announced the temporary suspension of assessment notice mailings and appeal deadlines. This suspension will remain in place until further notice while the office remains closed to the public. For more information, go to www.cookcountyassessor.com 


Permits and Inspections
 
At this time, the Village is only coordinating permits for emergency situations. If you believe you have an emergency situation requiring a permit, please contact Marie Hansen at mhansen@barrington-il.gov and indicate "Emergency Permit - Property Address" in the email subject line. We will then coordinate the best way to proceed based upon your specific situation.  Inspection services have also been suspended. 
 
 
ComEd Halts Service Disconnections
 
Due to COVID-19, ComEd has voluntarily implemented a moratorium on service disconnections for non-payment.
 
This suspension will apply to both residential and commercial customers and will remain in effect at least until May 1 To further support customers who may be impacted by the pandemic, they will offer their most flexible pay plans to customers who indicate either an impact or hardship as a result of COVID-19.
 
For electric emergencies contact 1-800-334-7661 at any time, 24 hours a day. For routine inquiries or payments, call 1-800-334-7661. You may also use ComEd.com or the ComEd Mobile App.  
 

IMPORTANT COMMUNITY INFORMATION
 
Barrington 220 School District Update 
 
Barrington 220 Schools are now on spring break through Friday, March 27. At this time, it has been mandated that school cannot reopen any sooner than April 8. The District is continuing to provide meals to our students who are in need, with the help of Barrington's Children's Charities over spring break.
 
Dr. Brian Harris continues to monitor the situation daily and will be in touch with the community as more becomes known. For more information, go to www.barrington220.org.
 
 
Barrington Area Library Launches "Together We Read" Program
 
"While We Can't Be Together, We Can Read Together" - that's the new mantra at the Barrington Area Library, which has launched its "Together We Read" program. From now until the end of April, simply track your reading minutes and complete activities to be entered into weekly digital gift card drawings. Learn more here.
 
In addition, while the Library is temporarily closed, there are still things you can do, such as:
 
  • >>Use all of the Library’s online research and learning services. Great for students participating in e-learning, great for the whole family: explore your genealogy, learn a new language or a new computer skill.
  • >>Download or stream thousands of music selections, from classical to contemporary hits.
  • >>Apply for or renew your Barrington Area Library card online, in order to make use of these outstanding digital resources.
  • >>Use WiFi: even though the Library building is closed, free wifi is available in the front/lower parking lot.
  • >>Ask questions, get assistance: use the Library’s email contact forms or social media sites to keep in touch and let us know how we can help.
  • >>Watch for news about an online reading club, book and movie discussion, and much more, to keep you and your household reading, learning, and connected during this challenging time. The best way to keep in touch with the Library is to sign up for the e-newsletter.
  • >>Learn more about resources for businesses.
 
For information on how to access these services, go to www.balibrary.org.

 
Barrington Park District Update
 
Barrington's parks are open for walking, running, and biking (please keep social distancing in mind!). Indoor Park District facilities, including the Fitness and Recreation Center, are closed and all programs are canceled at this time. The skate park and tennis courts are also closed.
 
Pool Pass Sales: The Park District is delaying the sales of pool passes. Early bird sales will run from April 15-30, and preseason sales will run May 1-15. Please remember to bring your ID to verify residency.



An Update from Karen Darch

Tuesday, March 17
 
Good afternoon and Happy St. Patrick's Day (although it certainly is a strange St. Patrick's Day, isn't it?).
 
I wanted to give you another update today on just a few items, and we also wanted to share with you some of the things that have been happening operationally within the Village and also in some of the other organizations around town that we know you depend on. We'll be continuing to provide E-News updates throughout the duration of this unprecedented time in our country's history. See below for some important updates.
 
VILLAGE FACILIITIES
Village Hall, Public Works, and Barrington's White House are all closed to the public at this time. Our Public Safety facility remains open. Our staff continues to operate; however, and some are working remotely as they are able. We are answering phones and addressing your questions as quickly as we can. Our first priority are our core services, which include Police, Fire, and Public Works activities, and we are working hard to ensure that our staff stays safe and healthy so that we can continue to assist our community.
 
HOW TO REACH US
  • Should you need to reach Village Hall, call 847-304-3400.
  • Should you need to reach Public Works to address safety concerns, call us at 847-381-7903 or email us at vobpw@barrington-il.gov.
  • Should you need to reach the Public Safety Building, call 847-304-3300.
 
VOTING TODAY
As I'm sure you heard this morning, while the polling places were open in Barrington, Village Hall's polling place was not up and running until about 9:30 a.m. This was due to a lack of election judges. It is important for you to know that voting operations at Village Hall are run by the Cook County Board of Elections (not the Village), which worked hard to find volunteers and get this facility open for voting as quickly as they could.
 
PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING
By now you have undoubtedly heard that Governor Pritzker has banned all gatherings larger than 50 people. It's important to note that grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, hospitals, gas staions, and shelters are exempt from this mandate.
 
In addition, federal guidance from the CDC indicates that no one should be in gatherings of more than 10 people for at least the next 14 days. No community is immune from the coronavirus. For the safety of our community and those around you, please respect these guidelines and reduce social contact. Enjoy your family at home. Don't hoard supplies. Buy what you need, but don't hoard.
 
I have been so humbled (but not surprised) by the way in which our community is coming together to support each other during this difficult time. This is what Barrington does best. My mantra has become, "Let's hang together as we all hang out separately!"
 
Take care of yourselves and your families,
 
Karen Darch
Village President
 
 
Election Day is Underway; Polling Places Are Open Until 7:00 p.m.
 


 
Despite an early-morning snafu for Precinct 2 at the Village Hall polling place, all Barrington-area polling places are open for voting.
 
There are numerous local and state initiatives on the ballot, including a referendum for District 220 schools.
 
We would like to thank the volunteers who stepped up this morning to volunteer their services as election judges in a pinch and also those who took control of the voting issues at Village Hall:
 
Wendy Farley
Michael Pogar
Kevin Carter
Matt Grey
Kevin Pokorny
Jane Wolnski
Joe Wolnski
 
Thank you to all!
 
 
Numerous Local Restaurants Still Open for Takeout, Delivery and/or Curbside Delivery
 


 
As we all know, it is a very difficult time for our local restaurants and bars. We have been in contact this week with many Village of Barrington establishments, and many are providing online ordering or phone orders for delivery or curbside pickup. Please go to each establishment's web site for contact information and updates on service. Please support our local businesses in any way you can!
 
A NOTE REGARDING PHARMACIES: Jewel, CVS, and Walgreens are all offering services for those who need prescriptions but do not want to go into the store. Please contact each pharmacy directly to find out more.
 
Information About Village Permits; Give Comprehensive Plan Feedback Online
 
The following is a note from the Village's Development Services Department about permits and our Comprehensive Planning process:
 
Permits and inspections are being coordinated on a very limited basis to ensure the health and safety of our residents and staff. If you wish to submit a permit for review, check on the status of an existing permit, or coordinate permit pickup or inspections, please call Development Services at 847-304-3460 to obtain additional direction specific to your request. 
 
If you were affected by the cancellation of  Comprehensive Plan neighborhood meetings which were planned for March 18 and April 1 and will be rescheduled, you can find information regarding the Comprehensive Planning process and submit your feedback online here: www.barrington-il.gov/compplan.
 
We will continue to assess the status of future scheduled Commission meetings and provide updates as necessary.

 
Update: Barrington's White House Events Postponed through May 15
 


 
The Village has postponed all Barrington's White House cultural events through May 15.
 
We have been working diligently with our performers and artists to find mutually agreeable dates to reschedule these events this summer. Please hold on to your tickets and they will be honored at a future date. Of course, should you wish to receive a refund, you may request one.
 
If you have questions, please contact Barrington's White House at 224.512.4066 or clibit@barringtonswhitehouse.com.
 
Updates from Around Barrington
 
Please see below from updates on services from our partner Barrington-area organizations in the Village:
 
Barrington 220 School District

As you all know, Barrington 220 Schools are conducting remote e-learning this week, with spring break starting on Friday. At this time, it has been mandated that school cannot reopen any sooner than March 31. Dr. Brian Harris continues to monitor the situation daily and will be in touch with the community as more becomes known. For more information, go to www.barrington220.org.


Barrington Area Library

The Barrington Area Library is physically closed until further notice, but online resources are still available. The Library's book drops and delivery services have been discontinued. The Library has stated that those currently holding books may keep them until the building is reopened, with no additional charges or fines being assessed at this time. For more information, go to www.balibrary.org.
 

Barrington Park District

All indoor facilities, including the Fitness and Recreation Center, are closed and all programs are canceled through Sunday, March 29. KEEP Registration will continue as originally scheduled on Wednesday, 3/18 from 7:00am – 12:00pm. This will be a “drive-up/drop-off” process so you will not need to get out of your car. For more information, go to www.barringtonparkdistrict.org.
IMPORTANT VILLAGE UPDATES
 
 
Garbage Pickup Continues Uninterrupted
 
Groot garbage pickup and curbside recycling is continuing uninterrupted at this time. We will communicate with you if anything changes regarding garbage pickup.
 
 
Battery and Lightbulb Recycling Is Suspended
 
Because the Public Works facility is currently closed, battery and light bulb recycling is being suspended. 
 
In addition, the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) has also suspended all non-curbside recycling programs. The programs most used by residents are document destruction, batteries, and light bulbs. but they should contact Public Works or SWANCC with any questions. At this time, we do not know when these programs will resume.
 

Pay Water Bills Online
 
This is a reminder that it's easy to pay Village water bills online! If you haven't yet tried this great service, now is the time! Simply click here, and either set up an account or click "Make a one-time payment." Thank you!


Hart Road to Close Friday, March 20
 
Begining Friday, March 20 at 8:00 p.m., AT&T is closing Hart Road in Barrington to through traffic. The road is scheduled to reopen late Sunday, March 29. The closure is necessary for AT&T to relocate fiber cables in preparation for the reconstruction and widening at the intersection of Hart Road and US Route 14.
 Local traffic will have access to area homes, Barrington High School and the local businesses. View detour route.
 
 
Respond to the Census Online - It's Easy

Hunkering down at home? It has never been easier to respond to the census, whether online or over the phone — all without having to meet a census taker in person.
 
Check your mail for your official letter inviting you to participate in the 2020 Census. Letters were mailed beginning March 12.
 
Once you receive your letter, you may begin to respond to the census online or on the phone. National Census Day is April 1, and the Census Bureau would like to have all responses completed by that date!
 
A special note for college students: College students should be counted at their colleges/universities if they reside there the majority of the calendar year.  
To learn more, go to www.census.gov.
 
 
 


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