Moraine Township

Moraine Township Board of Trustees
Thursday, April 28, 2011 7:30 PM
Moraine Township Office

April 28, 2011

Supervisor Barnes called the meeting to order at 7:32 PM, and upon roll call the following members were present: Supervisor Mari Barnes; Trustees Dwayne Douglas, Bryna Gamson, Margoth Moreno, and Jackie Schechter. Also Present: Clerk Ellen Gussin, Assessor Patty Powers, and Beth Olderman.

Approval of Minutes
The Regular Meeting Minutes of March 24, 2011 stand approved as written and distributed.

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

Public Comment

Citizen Grant Advisory Committee Presentation
Supervisor Barnes introduced Beth Olderman and lauded the Committee for their excellent work. She explained that the Board can ask any questions, and that they will be approving, or changing, the recommendation. Trustee Gamson thanked Beth for being at the meeting and named the other committee members who had previous commitments and could not attend the meeting: Chair Harry Crane, and Members Judy Datz, Wendi Ezgur, Matt Ferrari, and Mark Gilhooley. Trustee Schechter read the names of the agencies recommended for funding; a complete copy of the report is attached to these minutes. [on file at the office]. It was also recommended that the Executive Summary which the Board received be posted to our website for all residents to see.

Action Items
Grants Approval
Trustee Gamson, seconded by Trustee Schechter, moved that the Board accept the recommendation of the Committee and fund a total of $166,000 as allocated on the spread sheet and report documentation distributed to the Board. Upon roll call, motion carried.

Tax bills will be mailed next week and there will be a new State Equalizer of 1.0199 on the bill in order to comply with the law requiring every county to be at 1/3 of market value across the board and reflected on every homeowner's tax bill.

Supervisor Barnes reported that although the Township reduced its tax levy this year, the Township actually received approximately $69,000 more than asked for. There is a meeting next week being chaired by Terry Link addressing the number of governments operating in Illinois and what might be done to reduce expenses. Supervisor Barnes explained that there has been quite a dialogue going on among Townships regarding consolidation efforts. Trustee Douglas will look into attending the meeting. The approval of the Identity Protection Policy distributed to the Board previously will be on the agenda for the next meeting.

Latino Advisory Committee
Next meeting is May 2 at 6 PM at the Township Office.

Pantry Plants Garden Project
Supervisor Barnes has been working with the Lake County Health Department, and Lisa Brewer of Nurture is helping with the cause. Our lead gardener Sam Piro is in communication with all the volunteers. Wednesday, May 18, will be a meeting at the Health Department regarding the garden efforts, and June 4 will be the official planting day. Disappointing news that we will be unable to get the garden going in Highwood after all the efforts of Supervisor Barnes and Trustee Schechter in working with an alderman and repeatedly contacting the Highwood City Council, respectively. Trustee Gamson suggested that any citizens of Highwood contact their representatives if they would like to see the garden become a reality in the future.

Lake County Coordinated Transportation Services Committee (LCCTSC)
Trustee Gamson reported that the Committee is working hard to have improved transportation services 24/7 countywide. She is very optimistic that this will become a reality and invites interested individuals to contact her.

Supervisor Barnes reported to the Board that two people came into the Township today in a great hurry to donate groceries, but unfortunately the groceries were mostly unusable due to elapsed expiration dates and being previously opened. She encouraged citizens to donate usable items.

Unfinished Business

New Business
Trustee Moreno reported that she received a call from someone late this afternoon who said he had received the Township's number from a teacher at the High School (he is a parent taking a class at the High School's evening program) regarding his need for eyeglasses. He said the person answering the call in the Township Office asked if he was a citizen and then hung up. Supervisor Barnes explained that this should never happen, people calling would be asked if they are residents, not citizens, and that people needing eyeglasses are referred to the Lions Club. It was suggested that this matter be handled beyond the scope of the Board meeting, and it was suggested that language difficulties may have created the misunderstanding.    

Trustee Schechter commented on how badly downstate Illinois has been hit weather-wise and was wondering if Moraine Township might adopt another Township as a sister community. Supervisor Barnes will inquire through TOI to see what they might already be doing and what we can do to help.

Supervisor Barnes read a statement about the new Handyman program the Township is starting to help homeowners over the age of 65 who are disabled and face day to day challenges with home maintenance. The program will be posted on the Township website, and needy citizens are encouraged to call the Township. She also solicited volunteer handymen, electricians, and other trades-people who might want to pitch in to help.

With no further business to conduct, Trustee Moreno moved, seconded by Trustee Schechter, the meeting be adjourned at 8:25 PM. Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Ellen S. Gussin, Moraine Township Clerk

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