Moraine Township

Moraine Township Board of Trustees
Thursday, April 29, 2010 7:30 PM
Moraine Township Office

April 29, 2010

The meeting was called to order at 7:32 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: Clerk Ellen Gussin, Assessor Patty Powers, and community members Judy Datz, Susan Bell, and Janet Freed.

Approval of Minutes
The Regular Meeting Minutes of March 25, 2010 stand approved as written. The Executive Session minutes of March 25, 2010 stand approved as written.

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

Public Comment

Citizen Grant Advisory Committee Report
Judy Datz, representing the Citizen Grant Advisory Committee Chairperson Harry Crane and members Wendi Ezgur, Matthew Ferrari, and Beth Olderman, presented the committee’s proposal. This year 21 grant requests were received of which six were first-time requests. The Committee proposes to award grants to 19 of the 21 agencies in the total amount of $135,000, the amount authorized by the Township Board for this year’s grants. The list of total grants recommended, as well as the agencies funded in the past that did not submit an application this year, is attached to the Minutes on a separate spreadsheet. [not online] The two organizations that were turned down included one that the Committee considered too secular and another with an application that was quite vague in its request and actually from a government agency which by policy the Township does not fund. [To be amended in Minutes of May 13, 2010 after approval.]

Grants Approval
Trustee Schechter moved, seconded by Trustee Douglas, that the $135,000 proposed by the Citizen Grants Advisory Committee be approved as allocated in its recommendations. Upon roll call, the motion carried.

Budget Approval
Supervisory Barnes passed out copies of the budget and explained that Assessor Powers’ changes have been incorporated. The amount of levy to be received by the County will be less than requested by the Township by almost $70,000. Although a deficit budget is often presented, Supervisor Barnes pointed out the higher than usual amount of $303,050. On a yearly basis the deficit is often reduced by actual expenditures that fall short of amounts budgeted; the year now ending has a projected deficit of $64,923. Township has nearly $1.3 million in reserves in the bank, and asked the Board how it feels about tapping reserves to cover the potential deficit as proposed in next year’s budget. Board consensus is that the deficit is justified knowing the difficult economic climate, that the Township has significant reserves, and that it is in the business of helping the community.
  Trustee Gamson questioned the Assessor’s budget. Assessor Powers explained that she reduced the original 5% increase in salaries to 3% and that the excess amount over current salaries is there to cover the hire of an additional employee. After considerable discussion, Board decided to reduce the salaries in Line 5102 by approximately $6,000. Trustee Moreno moved, seconded by Trustee Schechter, that the Budget be approved as amended. Upon roll call, motion passed.

Ethics Ordinance
Supervisor Barnes asked for a motion to approve the Ordinance. Trustee Schechter moved, and Trustee Gamson seconded, approval of the Ethics Ordinance. Motion passed.

Assessor’s Report – Tax bills should be out by May 7; anyone who does not receive should contact the Lake County Assessor’s office. Residents should make sure that all exemptions are properly accounted for, and the Township Assessor Office will help anyone who needs assistance with the Senior Freeze.

Supervisor’s Report – Fourth of July materials have been submitted to the City. The Pantry Plants garden fence is ready to be installed, and growers are ready to get started; however more volunteer growers are needed and encouraged to call the Township.

Latino Advisory Committee – The committee’s handout is being printed in Spanish.

The LinkedIn Event on April 19 was attended by over 70 people. A DVD is available to borrow from the Township for anyone interested. Mike Gamson represented LinkedIn; three community agencies and the Highland Park Library, who hosted the event, were on hand to highlight the free resources available to job seekers.

LCCTSC -- Trustee Gamson reported that the effort to coordinate four townships working together to provide enhanced transportation is progressing.

Perspective Magazine, published by TOI, included the Moraine Township article written by Trustee Gamson on the history of its cemeteries.

Cable viewing time slots for Township meetings have been changed to Thursdays at 12:30 PM and Saturdays at 6 PM on Cable Channel 10.

Unfinished Business
Trustee Schechter commented that she has visited the Mooney Cemetery several times in the past weeks, and she is happy to report that there was no flooding.

New Business

With no further business to conduct, Trustee Moreno moved, seconded by Trustee Schechter, the meeting be adjourned at 9:12PM. Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Ellen S. Gussin
Moraine Township Clerk


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