Moraine Township

Moraine Township Board of Trustees
Thursday, August 26, 2010 7:30 PM
Moraine Township Office

August 26, 2010

The meeting was called to order at 7:33 PM, and upon roll call the following members were present: Supervisor Mari Barnes; Trustees Dwayne Douglas, Bryna Gamson, and Margoth Moreno. Also Present: Assessor Patty Powers, Clerk Ellen Gussin. Trustee Schechter was absent.

Approval of Minutes
The Regular Meeting Minutes of July 22, 2010 stand approved as written and distributed.

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

Public Comment

Action Items

Assessor’s Report
Patty Powers reported that they are in the middle of the Appeal Period and encourages all citizens who have questions about their assessments to come into the office and speak to any of the Deputy Assessors. They will be happy to assist them in looking up comparables and give advice about their assessment; they will even write and file the appeal to the Board of Review on their behalf. This year for the first time, appeals are being filed electronically, and two members of the Board of Review will consider the appeal and take action. September 13 is the deadline for filing appeals.

Supervisor’s Report
Bob Wolf of Family Service has asked to come back to the Board to present an additional Nuestro Center capital expense request. Supervisor Barnes asked if there is anything the Board wishes to request of Family Service for the presentation. Trustee Gamson would like to know what other sources of funding they have or have applied for concerning this Nuestro proposal, including in-kind services that will be donated.

Staff member Grizell Toledo is back in the office after her maternity leave; the Township is enthusiastic about her return.

The Personnel Manual will be updated shortly.

Latino Advisory Committee
Trustee Douglas reported on discussion at the last meeting concerning a Highwood student reportedly in need of clothing and what the Township could do for needs of this kind. Several on the Committee suggested the Township advise the local schools about services the Township can provide with regard to clothing. Trustee Moreno suggested the possibility of gift cards from Sunset or Jewel to augment the Food Pantry items. Supervisor Barnes said gift cards are used for Holiday distribution and emergencies and that it would be up to the Board as to whether they wanted to allocate additional funds for gift cards beyond what is currently available. Trustee Moreno explained that some families prefer fresh produce to canned food, and Supervisor responded that the Pantry Plants Garden Project is delivering awesome vegetables from the garden and this should be announced at the Latino Advisory Committee. Also the Latino Advisory Committee should specify what they may want that is not available at the Food Pantry. Next meeting is September 13, 6 PM at the Township Office.

Pantry Plants Garden Project
It is not too late for volunteers to go out to the garden to help harvest all the vegetables. Call the office to arrange logistics for going to the garden at Woodridge Park.

Talk of the Township was received in people’s homes in early August and focused on the Cemetery History, more of which is on the website.

Trustee Gamson and Supervisor Barnes completed the grant application to the Healthcare Foundation of Highland Park requesting $65,000 for the Moraine Door-to-Door paratransit van program which transports local residents to medical appointments.

Trustee Gamson reported on the most recent meeting of the Lake County Coordinated Transportation Services Committee, still working with a consultant, completing a study for improvements in County transportation services.

The Township will be presenting another free program at the Highland Park Library at noon on October 14, “Creating Green Schoolyards.” Presentation will be made by Sharon Danks and two other speakers from the San Francisco Bay Area.

Information is available from the Township Office on getting involved in soccer with the AYSO. Girls and boys of all ages are invited to participate.

Unfinished Business

New Business

With no further business to conduct, Trustee Moreno moved, seconded by Trustee Gamson, the meeting be adjourned at 8:12 PM. Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Ellen S. Gussin, Moraine Township Clerk


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