Moraine Township

Moraine Township Board of Trustees
Thursday, February 11, 2010 4:00 PM
Moraine Township Office

February 11, 2010

The meeting was called to order at 4:08 PM by Supervisor Barnes and upon roll call the following members were present: Trustees Bryna Gamson, Margoth Moreno, and Jackie Schechter. Also Present: Clerk Ellen Gussin. Trustee Dwayne Douglas arrived at 4:20.

Approval of Minutes
The Regular Meeting Minutes of January 28, 2010 stand approved as written.

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

Public Comment

Assessor’s Report
None, Assessor Patty Powers was at an outside seminar today.

Supervisor’s Report
   • Passed out a list of dates for TOI-sponsored Trustee meetings
   • Shared thank-you note from a citizen appreciating the money she was given for snowplowing and congratulating Patty Powers on becoming Assessor
   • Township received $1,277,751.59, which is approximately $5,000 less than the amount of the tax levy. $1,098.27 will be deducted for an over-distribution of tax dollars in 2009.
   • Monthly Maintenance Van Report and Monthly Van Report of Trips Provided: Report was discussed as well as the policy concerning bookings for the van. Currently can book no sooner than one week before appointment, and both vans are scheduled to capacity; medical appointments are the priority focus. Supervisor Barnes is going to investigate why some riders may be receiving priority, which is the perception that has been reported by some residents. Trustee Gamson questioned why one van showed $7,000 more in driver’s salary; Supervisor Barnes will investigate. Pantry Monthly Totals are fairly consistent with past experience.
   • Received two FOIA requests this week; one from the Painters Union, wanting to know how much we paid contractors, and the other from the Pioneer Press. Trustee Gamson had previously spent two hours with several Pioneer Press reporters, allowing them access to documents requested, and Supervisor Barnes expressed disappointment with the Pioneer Press in pursuing the FOIA requests rather than calling and asking for further documents. Supervisor Barnes readily makes these available upon request, and she noted that FOIA requests are costly to the taxpayer, taking office staff time away from their real jobs of service, as well as the photocopying costs at taxpayer expense. 
   • Pursuant to the discussion of the Mooney Cemetery at the last meeting, Supervisor Barnes reported that the engineer she had met with last fall and again last week has suggested re-routing the water from the Cemetery to the other side of the road. Any such project would be costly and require inter-governmental cooperation.  Board expressed need to remain cognizant of striking a balance in any solution undertaken, making sure potential harm to neighboring properties is fully evaluated. The flooding issue will remain under advisement with due diligence exerted to find the best possible solution.

Latino Advisory Committee
   • Meeting of Thursday, February 4, devoted considerable time to revising the translation of existing Township written handout concerning Township services.
   • Committee expressed interest in learning more about North Shore Estates and how residents are being treated. Interfaith Housing has initiated litigation against the new owners concerning discrimination. Trustee Schechter will speak to someone in the City of Highwood to find out who might be designated to come to a future meeting of the Latino Advisory Committee.

Pantry Plants Garden Project will be addressed at the next meeting.

Grant Advisory Committee
The committee received requests to fund 24 programs from 21 agencies. There are requests from six agencies previously not funded by the Township, and six agencies previously funded did not apply this year, even after receiving deadline-reminder calls.
The first meeting to consider the requests will take place on February 16.

Unfinished Business
Ethics Ordinance – Trustee Douglas will be the Advisor of the Ethics Commission which will include Martha Gray, Henry Kohn, and Peter Koukos. Trustee Gamson moved, seconded by Trustee Moreno, that the Ordinance be approved with the striking on page 8 of several lines. Motion carried. Copy of the Ordinance is on file in the Township Office.

New Business

Executive Session
At 4:55 Trustee Gamson moved, seconded by Trustee Douglas, that the Board go into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing potential litigation. Motion carried. At 5:05 Trustee Gamson, seconded by Trustee Douglas, move the Executive Session be closed. Motion carried.

With no further business to conduct, Trustee Gamson moved, seconded by Trustee Moreno, the meeting be adjourned at 5:06 PM. Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Ellen S. Gussin
Moraine Township Clerk


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