Moraine Township

Moraine Township Board of Trustees
Thursday, September 10, 2009 5:00 PM
Moraine Township Office

September 10, 2009

The meeting was called to order at 5:05 PM by Supervisor Barnes and upon roll call the following members were present: Trustees Dwayne Douglas, Bryna Gamson, and Jackie Schechter. Trustee Margoth Moreno arrived at 5:30 PM. Also Present: Clerk Ellen Gussin. Assessor Pete Koukos arrived to give his report at 5:15 PM.

Approval of Minutes
The Regular Meeting Minutes of July 23, 2009 stand approved as written. The Executive Meeting Minutes of July 23 will be approved at the next meeting.

Approval of Bills
Trustee Gamson moved, seconded by Trustee Douglas, approval of the bills. Upon roll call, motion carried. A suggestion was made to reformat the bills so the Board can see the detail – possibly print the bills in landscape format or transmit them in advance of the meeting electronically which will save paper and printing.

Public Comment

Assessor’s Report
The Appeal Process, which will end on September 14, is in full progress. He projects that there will be less than 1,000 appeals this year which is a significant reduction over prior years. Public visits to the office have increased as the deadline draws near; most everyone has been very complimentary toward staff and assistance received. Hearings will start in October.

Supervisor’s Report
Supervisor Barnes explained that the office will be closed tomorrow due to the construction but will be back in operation on Monday morning.

Clerk Gussin is requested to present a calendar of meeting dates for 2010 at the next meeting.

2010 Census is coming up, and the Township has received a request for help by forming a Complete Count Committee, which would involve such activities as postings on our website, posting Census information in the Township office, including information in any other mailings, cooperating with the City of Highland Park’s Complete Count Committee, and issuing a proclamation. Trustee Gamson moved, seconded by Trustee Schechter, that the Township issue the requested proclamation. Motion passed.

Supervisor Barnes received a letter from Pam Feinberg, Executive Director of Tri-Con, regarding the need for a student, who does not qualify for District 112 bussing because of his home’s proximity to the school, to get bussed to Tri-Con after elementary school. The cost amounts to over $500. The Board suggested Tri-Con be asked to request help from the School District and then let us know if there is no other option. Supervisor Barnes will report back at the next meeting.

Northern Illinois Food Bank is promoting a Holiday Food Box at a cost of $15, which includes turkey, stuffing, potatoes, yams, corn, beans, cranberry sauce, gravy mix, dessert mix, and coffee. This could be purchased for either Thanksgiving and/or Christmas. The Board agreed to leave the program as is for maximum flexibility and customer satisfaction.

Township’s Accountant asked to rescind a May, 2008-issued but un-cashed check in the amount of $500 to an agency that the Township is no longer funding. Much effort has already been expended to request that the agency find, deposit, or advise on what happened to the check, but a satisfactory response has not been forthcoming. Trustee Schechter moved, seconded by Trustee Moreno, to rescind the check; motion carried.

The Mooney Cemetery flooding situation has continued to be studied by Supervisor Barnes, who met with the engineer last week. He will meet with the City and report back with recommendations on how we might alleviate the problem.

TOI’s Annual Dinner is September 25 in Lake Villa, and Supervisor Barnes extended an invitation to the Board for anyone that wants to attend.

Committee Reports
Food Pantry – Food Pantry operations will proceed throughout the construction period.

Clothes Closet – The Township clothing that was previously in the basement has been given to the Salvation Army; operations are shut down during the construction. We do have some coats in stock for emergency purposes. For those that may be in dire need during the construction period, there will be dollars available to give people vouchers for some of the second-hand stores in town.

Transportation – Lake County Coordinated Transportation Services Committee is working with a professional group via a grant to study transportation throughout the County and the long-term goal is 24/7 borderless transportation throughout the County. The Moraine Door-to-Door vans are showing their age; one becomes the property of the Township for $1 on March 1, 2010, and we will need to decide whether to keep or sell and replace.

Latino Advisory Committee – An excellent discussion occurred at the last meeting between Highland Park High School and the Township’s committee. One concern is that people are slipping through the cracks in signing up for high school because the process is very complicated. A Family Service employee stated that as many as one-half of Latinos are not graduating from high school with numbers highest among male students. Trustee Moreno offered the explanation that there is a lot of pressure for boys to secure jobs to help with the rent. The conversation will be continued, and outreach conducted to make people aware of the problems and opportunities.

Old Business
October 22 meeting conflicts with the Know Your Government meeting called for 7:00. We have several agency presentations scheduled and Supervisor Barnes suggested not cancelling or rescheduling the Township meeting; Board concurred.

New Business
Trustee Moreno asked what will be happening during the construction period, other than tomorrow’s closing and the suspension of the Clothes Closet. Supervisor Barnes assured the Board that business as usual will proceed as long as safety can be maintained. If there are specific times when staff needs to vacate for safety purposes, so be it, but normal operations will be maintained.

With no further business to conduct, Trustee Moreno moved, seconded by Trustee Douglas, the meeting be adjourned at 6:40 PM. Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,
Ellen S. Gussin
Moraine Township Clerk


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