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MINUTES
Moraine Township Board of Trustees
Thursday, May 28, 2009 7:30 PM
Moraine Township Office

MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
May 28, 2009

The meeting was called to order at 7:38 PM by Supervisor Barnes and upon roll call the following members were present: Trustees Dwayne Douglas, Bryna Gamson, Margoth Moreno, and Jackie Schechter. Also Present: Assessor Peter Koukos, Clerk Ellen Gussin, community members Janet Freed, Ginny Anderson, and Brenda Weitzberg.

Approval of Minutes
The Regular Meeting Minutes of May 14, 2009 stand approved as written.

Approval of Bills
Trustee Gamson moved, seconded by Trustee Moreno, approval of the bills. Upon roll call, motion carried.

Public Comment
None

Agency Presentations
Links – Ginny Anderson, Executive Director, distributed a packet of information to the Board including statistics and brochures recently developed. She highlighted the information from the following brochures: "Keeping in Balance" brochure, the Links Annual Report for 2007-2008, and "Sexually Transmitted Infections". Links was developed as a result of a 1973 needs assessment and has been serving the community ever since. Prevention programs and community education are primary services serving students at the middle school level throughout Moraine Township and beyond. In addition, two separate clinics are offered – one for young women and one for young men. Links is seeing an increase in the age of the young women they are serving to an average age over 20, due to so many uninsured young women. They also conduct cooperative programs with community colleges. Pride Youth program is very active, and three residents of Moraine Township are active participants.
Questions from the Board: 1. Is there a programs for parents of gay and lesbian young people? No, but they work with the local group that does serve these parents, and the Pride Youth Director often takes calls from parents of the enrollees who are seeking information.
2. What types of services are offered for depression and suicide? The clinic refers to mental health specialists.
3. HIV testing costs? Links has switched to the pin-prick test, which is much less expensive than what they were previously providing. Ginny reported that the biggest costs are for birth control and PAP tests. She referred listeners to the address, phone and website for Links.

JCYS George W. Lutz Family Center – Brenda Weitzberg, Director, addressed the Board, thanking Moraine Township for the opportunity to present and distributed written copies of the Power Point she had prepared. JCYS has been in Highland Park for over 30 years, and the parent organization has over 100 years history. Brenda has been with the Center for 14 years. Moraine Township funds are part of a scholarship program for after-school care as well as winter and spring-break camps. The Moraine Township gift of $3,000 funds (with an additional $3,900 added by JCYS) four full-time after-school students from families facing difficult circumstances. More than 400 children are enrolled in the JCYS child care programs. The Lutz Center is the largest in the state. The after-school program has seen the largest growth, with over 100 children currently being served. Many children use the program all year long and through the summer camp program. Lutz is a family center with programs for all ages. Challenges include a 50% drop in fundraising, with an increase in requests for scholarship support and an increasing number of families in crisis. Question regarding impact of new families at Fort Sheridan revealed that, although an increase was anticipated, there has not been a big influx in enrollees.

Assessor’s Report
Assessor Koukos reported that they are still on target in closing the books by July 15. Notices will be mailed around August 13, and home owners will have 30 days to appeal their assessments. Decisions will not be mailed until all have been completed by the Board of Review. There are efforts to provide on-line information, but Assessor Koukos is not sure this will happen for the next appeal process. He is working with the County in an effort to increase assessments on Com Ed properties within Moraine Township, which are lower than in other townships in the County. Assessor Koukos passed out a summary of Tax Spending Comparisons among the various local taxing authorities. He has been appointed to an advisory committee of the Board of Review, the objective of which will be to obtain greater consistency across Board of Review decisions.

Supervisor’s Report
Supervisor Barnes reminded the Board of Saturday morning’s program on Gang Activities in Lake County, which Mayor Belsky invited Board members to attend. She referred to the Code of Ethics emailed to everyone by Trustee Douglas. The Board should review for discussion at next meeting. June 6 is Pantry Plants planting day at 8:30 AM; volunteers needed – please call the office or go to the website.

Committee Reports
Food Pantry – There is still food to be put on the shelves from the past drive and donations; we can use volunteers. Pantry hours are on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Transportation – Vans are as busy as ever.

PR/Communications – Moraine Township has had prominent coverage in the local press about the Van Program, Grants, and Pantry Plants thanks to Trustee Gamson’s diligent efforts. Newsletter will be out in June.

Human Relations Commission – Trustee Douglas reported that the Commission is thinking of raising money for the Township Food Pantry, and the Commission will be voting on which projects to fund shortly.

Old Business
On the subject of the past Senior Center meeting reported on at the last meeting regarding a potential program to help job seekers, the Mayor is interested in making this a more wide-spread effort. Supervisor Barnes will be pursuing this with the City.

New Business
None

Adjournment
With no further business to conduct, Trustee Moreno moved, seconded by Trustee Douglas, the meeting be adjourned at 8:50 PM. Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

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Ellen S. Gussin
Moraine Township Clerk

 

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