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Barrington leaders: Infrastructure key to attracting business

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  • Lake Barrington Village Administrator Chris Martin speaks Wednesday during the 2014 annual Economic Summit: State of the Barrington Region hosted by the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce. Municipal leaders discussed the importance of infrastructure in attracting businesses to their communities.

       Lake Barrington Village Administrator Chris Martin speaks Wednesday during the 2014 annual Economic Summit: State of the Barrington Region hosted by the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce. Municipal leaders discussed the importance of infrastructure in attracting businesses to their communities.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • South Barrington Village President Paula McCombie speaks Wednesday during the 2014 annual Economic Summit: State of the Barrington Region hosted by the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce. Municipal leaders discussed the importance of infrastructure in attracting businesses to their communities.

       South Barrington Village President Paula McCombie speaks Wednesday during the 2014 annual Economic Summit: State of the Barrington Region hosted by the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce. Municipal leaders discussed the importance of infrastructure in attracting businesses to their communities.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Port Barrington Village President Shannon Yeaton makes a point during the 2014 annual Economic Summit: State of the Barrington Region hosted by the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce. Municipal leaders discussed the importance of infrastructure in attracting businesses to their communities.

       Port Barrington Village President Shannon Yeaton makes a point during the 2014 annual Economic Summit: State of the Barrington Region hosted by the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce. Municipal leaders discussed the importance of infrastructure in attracting businesses to their communities.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Barrington Village President Karen Darch speaks Wednesday during the 2014 annual Economic Summit: State of the Barrington Region hosted by the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce. Municipal leaders discussed the importance of infrastructure in attracting businesses to their communities.

       Barrington Village President Karen Darch speaks Wednesday during the 2014 annual Economic Summit: State of the Barrington Region hosted by the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce. Municipal leaders discussed the importance of infrastructure in attracting businesses to their communities.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Jon Stickney, president of Barrington Bank, talks with Barrington Village President Karen Darch at the 2014 annual Economic Summit hosted Wednesday by the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce.

       Jon Stickney, president of Barrington Bank, talks with Barrington Village President Karen Darch at the 2014 annual Economic Summit hosted Wednesday by the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Joseph Connelly of BMO Harris Bank, left, talks with Bob Lee, of Enhance Your View, before the 2014 annual Economic Summit hosted Wednesday by the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce.

       Joseph Connelly of BMO Harris Bank, left, talks with Bob Lee, of Enhance Your View, before the 2014 annual Economic Summit hosted Wednesday by the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

 
 

Barrington area leaders discussed efforts to maintain and improve municipal infrastructure as a way to attract businesses to their communities during the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce's annual Economic Summit on Wednesday.

Deer Park Village President Bob Kellerman said the village has had an infrastructure plan in place to respond quickly when a business expresses interest coming to town.

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"We wanted to develop a program to meet developers head on," Kellerman said.

Part of that program has included a recent deal with neighboring Palatine to provide water for new Deer Park businesses. Kellerman said the village also has worked with developers to approve new roads.

Barrington Village President Karen Darch said the town repaired over 1.3 miles of municipal road last year and worked with local contractors to replace an water main first installed in 1898.

Chris Martin, the village administrator of Lake Barrington, said among their infrastructure improvements in 2013 was a federally-funded project to build a new bridge over Flint Creek on Woodland drive.

"We got federal funds so I want to say thank you to the folks in Pennsylvania for helping build a bridge in Lake Barrington," Martin said.

North Barrington Village Trustee Pete Boland noted that with uncertainty regarding the state income tax and the amount municipalities receive from motor fuel taxes, local communities in coming years may have less money to maintain and improve their roads.

The Daily Herald Media Group was among the sponsors of the event.

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