Moraine Township

Moraine Township Board of Trustees
Thursday, September 16, 2010 7:30 PM
Moraine Township Office

September 16, 2010

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 PM by Supervisor Barnes and upon roll call the following members were present: Trustees Bryna Gamson, Margoth Moreno, Jackie Schechter, and Dwayne Douglas. Also Present: Clerk Ellen Gussin, Alan Spector, Phylis Bagan, Kenneth Bagan, and Janet Freed. Assessor Patty Powers was absent.

Approval of Minutes
The Regular Meeting Minutes of August 26, 2010 stand approved as written.

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

Public Comment
Phylis Bagan thanked the Board for welcoming her and her husband to the meeting; they are attending as citizens interested in learning more about the Township’s function.

Agency Presentation
Alan Spector, President of Keystone Foundation, addressed the Board about Glenkirk. Alan retired as the CEO of Glenkirk last October but has agreed to stay on for two years. Glenkirk serves people with severe needs and disabilities from birth to death. He commented that half of the people on the front page of the Glenkirk brochure, which he distributed to the Board, live in very close proximity to the Moraine Township office. The downturn cycles are quite challenging to social services and people have come out of the woodwork requesting emergency services from Glenkirk, because families who could formerly take care of their disabled children or relatives have lost their homes and in many instances can no longer provide the care they used to. There is a waiting list for services, and the State of Illinois owes Glenkirk $3.8 million. If it were not for Glenkirk’s excellent relationship with several local banks, they would be insolvent because of the State shortfalls. For two years Alan searched for a partner to form an alliance for the purpose of sharing technology, information, transportation to save costs and create efficiencies. In the first year of the alliance a 7% reduction has been realized. Trustee Gamson questioned the specific program the Township funds – the Moraine Community Living Facility. It was started in the 80s by Moraine Township residents and many of these people are still living in the rentals; it is no longer a transitional facility. There are about 60 individuals using the Moraine program as a hub for services, especially the many that are not severely disabled. Those that live on-site are most likely living there for the remainder of their lives, and emergency services are available to them from Glenkirk. Supervisor Barnes commented on the Senior Day Care program discontinued in June when the School District took back the space. Alan responded that beyond a space issue, the number of clients enrolled had dropped to about seven because some of the care givers had lost their day jobs and could therefore take care of the seniors. Alan hopes it will be restarted when the recession is over, because it is needed in Highland Park. It was cancelled because no other agency could be found to take it over.

Bob Wolf of Family Service was supposed have presented at this meeting but they asked to delay until next month. They are not ready to present their plans about Nuestro Center. Supervisor Barnes had advised him that any facility they might find for the Nuestro programs would need to be handicapped accessible, if they are going to ask the Township for funds.

Action Items

Assessor’s Report
Monday was the last day to file appeals.

Supervisor’s Report
Highwood is trying to get organized with its pumpkin festival slated for the end of October in which they hope to have over 30,000 pumpkins decorated and displayed. Supervisor Barnes said the Township would like to get involved in a non-monetary capacity.

On a sad note, the Township received many calls about the 14-year old girl that was killed over the Labor Day weekend; the community has come together to share its grief and plan for the future; Supervisor Barnes called the family to offer Township services.

Supervisor Barnes asked for the Board’s clarification on the soccer program which the Township assisted this past summer, wanting to make sure the Board did not see this as a commitment for ongoing support. The Township provided emergency funding to keep it from disbanding, but that if this group needs further assistance, they should make a grant request before February 1, 2011.

The “Fort Sheridan Place Luxury Rentals” has distributed flyers regarding apartment availability, and they are hosting an open house next week.

Latino Advisory Committee
Township door was locked for the last meeting – Trustee Moreno who was the sole liaison that evening had not arranged in advance for a key, but they were able to meet next door at Family Service. Food needs were discussed and the subject of cooking lessons; Trustee Moreno commented she does not think cooking lessons are an answer. The Township has been conducting a survey with Food Pantry clients and results will be available next month. The need for teenagers to have a safe place to congregate while demonstrating responsible behavior was also discussed. The next meeting is October 4 at 6 PM in the Township office.

Pantry Plants Garden Project
Abundant produce has been harvested for Food Pantry clients. The program has been a resounding success, and it would be great to expand next year to a second garden in the Highwood vicinity.

Audit is posted on the website; Trustee Gamson commented on how detailed the information is but that if citizens have questions, they are encouraged to call the Township.

Township website has been updated, including voting information.

A free program from noon to 1:30pm on October 14 at the Highland Park Library on “Creating and Sustaining Green Schoolyards” is being offered by the Township and co-sponsored and publicized by School Districts 112 and 113, Climate Cycle, and Highland Park Library.

Trustee Gamson reported on the Lake County Coordinated Transportation Services Committee, whose ultimate goal is coordinating transportation services starting with contiguous townships. She has agreed to join the LCCTSC Executive Board. There is a need to generate statistics on people who are not being served. Mari commented that 50% of the rides provided by the Moraine Township paratransit program are delivering clients to Cook County sites.

Unfinished Business
Trustee Schechter and Trustee Moreno questioned when Tim Horsley will be here to survey the Mooney Cemetery. Supervisor Barnes has been in touch with him; he has been out of the country but is hopefully coming in October. The grass is looking much better at the Cemetery.

New Business
Holiday Drive will soon be upon us. The hospital has communicated the number of children that they can sponsor. Supervisor Barnes is trying to figure out how we can sponsor the maximum number of students.

With no further business to conduct, Trustee Moreno moved, seconded by Trustee Douglas, the meeting be adjourned at 8:32 PM. Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Ellen S. Gussin
Moraine Township Clerk


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