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CORONA VIRUS UPDATE AND RESIDENT INFORMATION - April 17, 2020

Another week has come and gone, and we are still social distancing and trying to adjust to our "new normal." Today Governor Pritzker announced that all schools will be closed through the end of the year, which is not surprising but still another indication that "getting back to normal" may take longer than we hope.
 
While we have been very fortunate here in the Barrington area in that our active cases of COVID-19 have been relatively low (just 29 cases in the 60010 zip code so far), we know that others have not been as lucky, and so we continue to do our part to bend the curve so that we can all begin to re-open certain segments of our community sooner rather than later.
 
And that makes me think of summer, and all of the wonderful activities that we normally enjoy in Barrington when the weather warms. While on the one hand the Village is working through the inevitable budget cuts that we will be facing due to reduced revenues, there is no doubt that we will all still need some fun this summer! And so we have been thinking about our summer events and how to adjust them to ensure that our entire community can stay safe, while also trying to work within the realities of our reduced budgets.
 
While we continue to await more detailed national and state guidance regarding larger gatherings this summer, we have already been proactive in making the decision jointly with Amdur Productions to postpone the annual Barrington Art Festival until September 12-13.
 
We have also made the decision to forego the Memorial Day Parade in favor of a very small ceremony at Village Hall that we hope to bring you virtually. In addition, all Barrington's White House events in May have been postponed, and we are looking into options for bringing you some of your favorite cultural events virtually until we can be together again.
 
At this time, we are still working through what our Cruise Nights/Summer Fun Thursdays could look like in the new era of social distancing. We're also considering options for adjusting our July 4th activities, as it is sadly difficult to think about the improbability of having so many people gathering in our downtown, despite our great affection for these beloved annual traditions. We have already been informed by the organizers of the Uncork Barrington Wine Festival and Barrington Brewfest that these events will not be held this summer.
 
While we have not made any firm decisions yet, we would love to hear your ideas for how you might want to enjoy your favorite Barrington events in the new era of social distancing. We'd also love to hear if you have ideas for other events that could be appropriate for this time. It's going to take a great deal of creativity and new thinking on all our parts to work together to ensure that we can all stay safe while coming together as best we can to take part in our beloved Barrington traditions.
 
We want to hear from you! Please e-mail your thoughts and ideas to me at kdarch@barrington-il.gov or to our events director, Patty Dowd Schmitz, at pdschmitz@barrington-il.gov. Our Village Board will be discussing summer events at our next board meeting on May 4, after which we will communicate with you about how our summer events will adapt and change in our "new normal."
 
Meanwhile, please continue to be well and stay safe. We are all feeling the effects of being cooped up in our homes (and today's snowfall certainly did not help that feeling!), but it continues to be critical that we adhere to the stay-at-home guidelines so that we can combat this deadly virus and all come back together sooner rather than later.
 
Take care of yourselves and your families.
 
Karen Darch
Village President
 
CORONA VIRUS UPDATE AND RESIDENT INFORMATION - April 10, 2020

Happy Easter and Passover to Everyone in the Village of Barrington
 
Wishing you and your family a very safe, healthy, and Happy Easter and Passover. Even though we cannot be together physically during these special holidays, we can still be together virtually. We hope you and your family are able to enjoy this time together.

 
Take This Time to Fill Out Your Census!
 
During this challenging time, you are not alone. . .There's Always US in the 2020 CENSUS! 60.7% of Barrington residents have filled out their Census - thank you all! Join US by completing your Census Questionnaire online at my2020census.gov. Snap, Post, Tweet and Share your message of how the Census helps US: Help US Count! #2020Census #MakeIllinoisCount

 
Barrington Area Blood Drive to Be Held April 29 & 30 at Onion Pub & Brewery
 
 
The nation's blood supply is becoming dangerously impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the American Red Cross needs your help! Blood drives are typically hosted by businesses, schools, community groups and with everything being forced to close down, the blood drives have all been cancelled. 
 
In order to help fill this great need, The Onion Pub & Brewery is hosting a blood drive on Thursday, April 29 & Friday, April 30.
 
Visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter sponsor code: Onion Pub in the upper right hand corner of the page. This will take you to a sign up page where you can choose a date and time to give blood. By donating a pint of blood, you can save up to three lives.
 
If you have any questions please email Kym Kainz at kymkainz@gmail.com.

 
Important Information 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.

 
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.

 
ComEd Warns Customers About COVID-19-Related Energy Scams
 
As the state of Illinois and the world navigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, ComEd reminds customers to be on alert for potential scams targeting individuals and small-business owners.
 
Since the COVID-19 outbreak, ComEd has received reports of scammers, posing as utility representatives, approaching customers who may be self-isolating or having difficulty paying their bills. These imposters threaten to shut service off or offer cash or credit incentives to obtain a customer’s personal or financial information.
 
Please keep in mind that ComEd will never come to a customer’s home or business to demand a payment, ask for immediate payment with a prepaid cash card., or ask for your ComEd account number or other personal information, such as a driver’s license number. To identify an actual ComEd employee, remember all ComEd field employees wear a uniform with the ComEd logo, including shirt and safety vest and display a company badge.
 
ComEd urges anyone who believes he or she has been a target or victim of an energy-related scam to contact ComEd at 1-800-EDISON-1 (1-800-334-7661). For more tips on identifying energy-related scams, visit ComEd.com/ScamAlert.


Barrington's White House Update

 
Enjoy a 13-Minute BWH "Cultural Sampler" Video Featuring Some of Our Most Beloved Musical Performers

Most of you are likely aware that due to the Coronavirus crisis, Barrington's White House has cancelled all cultural events through May 31. We will update you soon on our plans for upcoming events this summer!
 
Now more than ever, we need the solace and comfort that the arts and culture provide in our lives. For that reason, we have created a 13-minute Barrington's White House "Cultural Sampler" video that features a compilation of some of our most beloved performers, including Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner, the Pacifica Quartet, William Hagen, Pat McKillen, and Ron Hawking.
 
So sit back and relax, click on this link, and take a 15-minute break to enjoy some wonderful classic and contemporary music.
 
We hope to see you at Barrington's White House again very soon!
 
 
INFORMATION FOR BUSINESSES

 
Important Business Resources
 
The Village has assembled numerous important business resources regarding the coronavirus crisis response. These resources are located on the Village of Barrington web site by clicking here.
 
 
If you have questions or business issues, please contact Melanie Marcordes at mmarcordes@barrington-il.gov or 847-304-3403.
 
 
 
IMPORTANT VILLAGE INFORMATION
 


 
The CHIPPER Will Make the Rounds from April 20 to 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.
 
 
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 (IDCEA) 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.
 
 
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.
 



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
 
 
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. 
 
 
Simple Recycling Textile Pickup
 
The Village's new textile recycling program was slated to begin this month, but the vendor Simple Recycling has informed us that they have temporarily suspended all of their collections in light of COVID-19.
 
Simple Recycling will let us know when they are able to begin collections in Barrington. Fill up your orange Simple Recycling bags and hold onto them until they resume operations. Thank you for your understanding.
 

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 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. Students are off school today, April 10, as well as next Thursday, April 16 (teacher remote learning day).
 
 
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.

 
Illinois Secretary of State Extends Driver's License Renewal Deadlines
 
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced he is extending expiration dates for driver’s licenses and more due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
 
Illinois driver services facilities will be closed until April 30 due to the governor’s stay-at-home orders. Expiration dates for driver’s licenses, ID cards, vehicle registrations and other transactions and document filings will be extended for at least 90 days after the facilities reopen. The state previously made an extension for 30 days. 
 
White is encouraging Illinois residents to use www.cyberdriveillinois.com to use their online services. Among the many services offered on the website these are included: 
  • renewing a vehicle registration
  • applying for a vehicle title and registration
  • obtaining a duplicate driver’s license or ID card
  • obtaining a driving record abstract
  • renewing a standard driver’s license with the Safe Driver Renewal program. 
 
For more information visit the Secretary of State’s web site above.

 
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! 

 
April 15 - 18: Barrington Youth & Family Services Annual Gala Goes Online!
 
 
The Show Must Go On...ONLINE!
 
Barrington Youth and Family Services (BYFS) was slated to hold their annual gala in April but they are taking it online this year! All of their live and silent auction items, impact raffle (provided by Long &
Company), and paddle raise will still be available in a virtual auction.
 
The online gala will be "live" from April 15th - 18th. Now, more than ever, BYFS needs your help to ensure they remain a constant pillar of support in our community.
 
Please use this link to donate and learn more: byfs20.givesmart.com.

CORONA VIRUS UPDATE AND RESIDENT INFORMATION - April 7, 2020

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.



Take This Time to Fill Out Your Census!
 
During this challenging time, you are not alone. . .There's Always US in the 2020 CENSUS! 60.7% of Barrington residents have filled out their Census - thank you all! Join US by completing your Census Questionnaire online at my2020census.gov. Snap, Post, Tweet and Share your message of how the Census helps US: Help US Count! #2020Census #MakeIllinoisCount


CORONA VIRUS UPDATE AND RESIDENT INFORMATION - April 1, 2020


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 noteThe 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!

Online and Carryout Options
Visit www.barrington-il.gov/open for a list of businesses who are open and offering online or carryout services. 



CORONA VIRUS UPDATE AND RESIDENT INFORMATION - March 26, 2020


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.


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 availabilityTesting 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 EmailsLook 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.

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