Moraine Township

Moraine Township Board of Trustees
Thursday, November 18, 2010 7:30 PM
Moraine Township Office

November 18, 2010

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 PM by Supervisor Barnes and upon roll call the following members were present: Trustees Dwayne Douglas and Bryna Gamson. Trustees Margoth Moreno and Jackie Schechter were absent. Also Present: Clerk Ellen Gussin, Janet Freed, Cindy Housner, Jan Leahy, and Fred Seff.

Approval of Minutes
The Regular Meeting Minutes of October 28, 2010 stand approved as corrected by moving the item previously under "Unfinished Business" to "New Business."

Approval of Bills
Supervisor Barnes explained that the Township is distributing some of the Township's cash reserves to multiple banks so as not to have all funds in a single bank account. Trustee Gamson asked if the Township could invest in software that would display the monthly bills in a format that would eliminate the need to have all of the handwritten explanation on the report. Supervisor Barnes advised that the Board must review each bill but said she would look into an alternate format. Trustee Gamson moved, seconded by Trustee Douglas, approval of the bills. Upon roll call, motion carried.

Public Comment

Agency Presentations
Career Resource Center (CRC), Jan Cline Leahy, Executive Director and Fred Seff, President of the Board

Fred thanked the Township for its continuing support. Although there is hope for economic recovery, unemployment is at 9.7%, and 78 Moraine Township residents have been clients of CRC this year. He highlighted three placements in the last month of three men who had all been out of work for 17 months each, including one who had been a former CRC Advisor who has now thankfully landed a position and therefore able to keep his home after a long and heartbreaking struggle. Jan added that CRC worries most about these types of cases due to the difficulty in placements when unemployment drags on. CRC has just celebrated its 20th year of operation, recognizing the need for its services, and hosting a large, well-attended commemorative event with alumni and community business leaders. Over 11,000 individuals have been served during the past two decades with over 1,200 this past year. Volunteers allow them to leverage funds received from grants and donations. CRC is trying to broaden its Board of Directors and recruit a volunteer for managing its new website: They have three current challenges: spreading available dollars to a growing population of people in need; marshalling volunteer talent (currently 115 volunteer individuals on board with CRC); and keeping up with technology resources including the management of social networking. CRC has been happy to partner with Moraine Township on two programs this past year – the Linked-In program at the Highland Park Library last April and the "Options & Opportunities" Resource Fair this past Monday. Trustee Gamson asked about the age range in volunteers as well as candidates seeking jobs. Jan replied that most volunteers are retired individuals, and 57% of recipients of CRC services are over 50 years of age.

Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association, Cindy Housner, Executive Director and Founder

Cindy provided an overview of the agency which received funding from Moraine Township for the first time this year. They serve clients with physical or visual impairments; 95% of people served have lost vision or have spinal or other traumatic injuries. Offices are in Lake Forest at the Gorton Center. Majority of individuals served are in Lake County and Northern Cook County. Lots of adaptive sports are offered including swimming, running races, fitness programs, recreational activities, wheel-chair bound sports, dance, etc. They own no facilities but use various sites for programming, and they contact schools and organizations like Children's Memorial Hospital to make them aware of their programming. They hosted the National Junior Disability Championships 2010 in Deerfield. Collaborative programs are plentiful with other community based organizations. Program fees are $7 per hour with 100% scholarship for those that need. They also serve military personnel who are back from service – camp provided in August and other on-going programs including skiing. There is an active equipment-lending program with over 200 pieces in service. They serve all age groups, but 80% of their clients are age 25 and under. Website is Brochures in paper form are widely distributed to clients who may not have computer access. Word of mouth is best recruitment tool, and they do conduct professional outreach. The number of people from Moraine Township is very small.

Action Items

Assessor's Report

Supervisor's Report
Holiday Gift Drive is well underway, but Township is still waiting for the High School to provide a list of names of target recipients. There are also fewer children's names submitted by Oak Terrace and Northwood Schools this year. Districts 112 and 113 are trying to coordinate the lists and collaborate on the family names submitted. Schools have been involved in bringing food into the pantry, and the adults delivering are able to see clients coming in for food.

Latino Advisory Committee
November 1 meeting had four or five people in attendance. Discussion concerning the Pumpkin Festival – all thought it was quite good. There was also discussion on nutritional issues; there is a desire for a speaker to address the community on this topic. The City of Highwood has a similar committee that addresses Latino concerns and Grizell Toledo, Moraine Township employee, is on that committee. Next meeting is December 6.

Human Relations Commission met on November 4. Trustee Douglas attended, but there was no quorum and therefore no votes taken. There was discussion about having another Martin Luther King Day of Service of January 17. Moraine Township Board discussed the possibility of a tie-in with the Township Food Pantry; however the office is normally closed on the National holiday. A tie-in to another styrofoam recycling day was also discussed.

Food Pantry/Pantry Plants Garden Project – A new wheelbarrow has been requested, which the Township will provide. There will be an official recognition of the project leaders some time next calendar year.

Trustee Gamson continues to the Lake Country Coordinated Transportation Services Committee meetings, and she was officially elected to the Executive Committee with her portfolio to be PR.

Unfinished Business
Trustee Gamson will post the second meeting in February as a budget discussion as per Supervisor Barnes' advice to the County.

New Business

With no further business to conduct, Trustee Douglas moved, seconded by Trustee Gamson, the meeting be adjourned at 8:26 PM. Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Ellen S. Gussin
Moraine Township Clerk


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