Moraine Township

Moraine Township Board of Trustees
Thursday, June 24, 2010 7:30 PM
Moraine Township Office

June 24, 2010

The meeting was called to order at 7:35 PM, and upon roll call the following members were present: Supervisor Mari Barnes; Trustees Dwayne Douglas, Bryna Gamson, and Jackie Schechter. Also Present: Assessor Patty Powers. Trustee Margoth Moreno and Clerk Ellen Gussin were absent. Shannon Mosier took the minutes.

Approval of Minutes
The Regular Meeting Minutes of May 27, 2010 stand approved as written and distributed with the exception of a technical correction. The Executive Meeting Minutes of May 27, 2010 will be distributed by Clerk Gussin at the next meeting.

Approval of Bills
Notation was made regarding the landscaping services at the cemetery.
Trustee Schechter moved, seconded by Trustee Douglas, approval of the bills. Upon roll call, motion carried.

Public Comment
Supervisor Barnes asked for any public comment and reiterated that comments here should pertain to items not already on the agenda and should be limited to 5 minutes. There were no public comments today.

Action Items

Assessor’s Report

The Senior Freeze application deadline is July 1st. Any senior may come to the Assessor’s Office for help 8:30 to 4:30 Monday through Friday; the office does not break for lunch. The Assessor’s staff is on track with their records and they expect to close the books in mid-July as usual. At that time the records are turned over to the Lake County Assessor who publishes and mails the Assessment Notice to home owners mid-August. The home owner has 30 days from the date of publication to protest next year’s taxes. The Assessment Notice is usually mailed before the newspaper publication but the home owner does not have to wait for receipt; they can come in to the office to protest as soon as newspaper publication is made. The Assessor encourages people to check the property record card for accuracy. Information will be posted on the Township website for these who are out of town at the time of publication.

Supervisor’s Report
The Township will again be participating in Highland Park’s Fourth of July Parade. Our senior van will be sixth in line at the side of City Hall (on Hazel Ave). If any one wishes to participate there are Moraine Township t-shirts available. Parade starts at 11AM on the 4th.

PADS wrote a letter to the Township regarding the need for funding for summer programs. They did not submit a grant application this year and therefore did not receive funds from the Township. While the Township relies on PADS as a community resource, it would be better to encourage them to participate in the Grant Program when it is offered.

LINKS now has a new Executive Director and there will be a reception next Tuesday to welcome her.

It is health insurance renewal time for the Township employees. The Township will stay with the same insurance company as the increase is nominal compared to what the increases in the industry are at this time.

Healthcare Foundation of Highland Park grant application to fund the Door-to-Door van users will be due August 15th. Trustee Gamson again will be doing this application for the benefit of Township senior and disabled van services.

Latino Advisory Committee
Trustee Douglas reported that a flyer has now been completed in Spanish to introduce the Township and tell about the Township services.
  At the last committee meeting, Graciela Salines came to offer suggestions about the Food Pantry as she would like to see even more Hispanic foods in our bags. Supervisor Barnes commented that everyone should feel free to step around the corner into the Township Food Pantry area and check out the bags that are ready to be given out just to see what is in the bags. Also, be mindful that pantry services help a variety of ethnic groups and family sizes; bags are packed accordingly. There is a schedule from the Northern Illinois Food Bank regarding expiration dates on cans and other foods. Many canned goods may be used for two years after said date.
  Other matters discussed involved Latino kids playing soccer through the summer and the use of open space in Highwood for said purpose. Moraine Township has funded the general and liability insurance for the next six months for the soccer club established by Graciela Salines called Alianza Soccer Program for Latino Kids. It serves about 100 kids and is run under the 501(c)(3) of Neighbor to Neighbor. This is not an ongoing pledge of funding but rather bridge funding so that the program can continue through this summer. Dialogue regarding the future can continue. Township trustees would like to see more dialogue and involvement with other programs already established such as the Park District and AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization). AYSO has two seasons, spring and fall. Supervisor Barnes will follow up the AYSO. Trustee Gamson expressed a desire in the future to have more people serviced with the same amount of money paid this year for the soccer insurance. The funds were taken from the General Assistance budget line item for Senior and Youth Services (not Grants). The question was posed as to whether Moraine Township would like its logo on the t-shirts for the soccer club, and the Township opted to forgo the honor. The insurance payment was made as good will toward the community.
  Trustee Schechter will contact Highwood officials/aldermen to find out more about any open garden space in Highwood.

Pantry Plants Garden Project
Supervisor Barnes reported on the garden and what a great job the garden volunteers are doing. She suggested that the Trustees and any other interested citizens go out to the garden to see the on-going work, and she encouraged all to pitch in on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings.

Trustee Gamson attended the Lake County Coordinated Transportation Services Committee meeting and reported on the details of what the County is experiencing with the trial project in the northwest part of Lake County. A call center will be needed when the program goes countywide.

Unfinished Business
Grizell Toledo, staff member and van scheduler, is doing well in her pregnancy and will be having her baby very soon. The office staff will pitch in to do her job while she is on maturity leave. Connie Powell will also be helping with the van calls and scheduling. Connie’s husband is one of our drivers and recently Connie was certified with PACE and has driven our van routes. Some of our other drivers are willing to take a turn at scheduling as well.

Gordon Lind, our driver who had a heart attack, called today and will be ready to return to work soon provided he can pass the PACE physical and recertification.

Trustee Schechter commented that she went out to the Mooney Cemetery after a hard rain to assess the water retention issue; the cemetery looks very good especially in the middle section where the dirt was recently added. She recommended the need for further work on the new “grass.” Supervisor Barnes will address these matters with the landscaper. We are still trying to pin down a time for Professor Horsley to complete a geophysical survey of the cemetery. Supervisor Barnes would like to be able to have a willow tree or other type of landscaping done after the geophysical survey is complete. Trustee Gamson would like the Township to consider a water feature at the cemetery. Trustee Douglas commented that “water feature” implies “liability feature” to him as an attorney. Trustee Schechter thought there might not be that much room to do anything large. The office staff is reviewing the grid foundational work with the software company and expects to have the new software formalized soon so that the data entry of cemetery records can begin.

New Business
Trustee Gamson recommended the upcoming Lake County Council for Seniors 37th Annual Senior Expo “Lifestyles For The Active Adult” on Wednesday, August 4th, 8:30AM to 3PM at The College of Lake County in Grayslake. Excellent resources will be presented, and the day includes lunch and special entertainment as well. Stop by the Township office to get the literature regarding this expo.

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

Respectfully submitted,

Ellen S. Gussin, Moraine Township Clerk with sincere appreciation to Shannon Mosier


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