Moraine Township

Moraine Township Board of Trustees
Thursday, August 25, 2011 7:30 PM
Moraine Township Office

August 25, 2011

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 PM, and upon roll call the following members were present: Supervisor Mari Barnes; Trustees Bryna Gamson, Margoth Moreno, and Jackie Schechter. Also Present: Clerk Ellen Gussin, Assessor Patty Powers, Myra Shneider, Grizell Toledo, Shannon Mosier, and Janet Freed. Trustee Dwayne Douglas arrived a few minutes late.

The Regular Meeting Minutes of July 28, 2011 stand approved as written and distributed.

Approval of Bills
Trustee Gamson moved, seconded by Trustee Schechter, approval of $14,905.42 for General Assistance and $34,842.78 for the Town Fund. Upon roll call, motion carried.

Agency Presentation
Center for Enriched Living: Myra Shneider, Grant Manager, reported that this is the 10th year of Moraine Township's funding and expressed the Center's deep appreciation of the continuing support. A new mission statement was adopted this year to reflect the needs and wants of staff, members, and Board members. The shift in emphasis is inclusion, achievement, and the goal to have fun. Biggest issue facing the Center is financial constraints – although fundraising has been good, there is a decline in some of the grants previously received. Members in residential facilities are suffering from cutbacks and therefore requesting increased scholarship assistance. The Center has increased scholarships by about 5%. New special events coordinator is doing a great job with two major events – a summer golf outing and the spring Chef's Night. Member Advisory Committee meets once a month. A capital campaign has a goal of $3,000,000 to bring the facility up to par with handicap access and other necessary improvements. Graduates at age 22 often have nothing to occupy them; two different programs to augment both recreational and potential employment; many individuals placed as volunteers. Because there are no geographic boundaries for programming, they are establishing satellite programs.

Assessor's Report
Patty Powers reported that they are wrapping up residential assessments for the quadrennial, which has required an increase workload and may result in publication of assessments in October, which is still well within the deadline of November 15. Once the books are closed, the County reviews. All assessments will be published in the Pioneer Press. The County does the mailings; if lost they can be found on-line, and/or the Assessor's Office can help residents as well. There will be the usual 30 day period for appeals. Senior Freeze forms will still be accepted even though the deadline is past.

Supervisor's Report
Supervisor Barnes reported on discount cards for drugs. She has learned that there are about a half-dozen companies like the one published in the Tribune that are offering discounts, and the drug stores seem to be taking them all. Moraine Township has an appointment with "Coast2Coast" coming up to find out more about how the Township might be able to interact.

The Audit has been completed by Evans, Marshall & Pease, and all is in order. (Posted online.)

Latino Advisory Committee
Last meeting was August 1. Meeting covered need for transportation within the community for people who cannot drive or do not have automobiles; many use bicycle transportation as their exclusive means of transportation, and it would be most desirable to have dedicated bike lanes within the cities of Highwood and Highland Park. There was also discussion about Prairie State Legal Services and whether they will help undocumented people. Trustee Douglas's investigation uncovered that only in extreme cases of domestic violence are they legally allowed to assist undocumented individuals because it is a violation of their funding regulations. Trustee Moreno suggested outreach to Interfaith Housing.

Supervisor Barnes shared with the Board a form she had devised regarding tenant-landlord issues, and offered it to Trustees Douglas and Moreno for the Committee to review.

There is also a need to evaluate how to expand the Committee. Trustee Schechter suggested approaching the Oak Terrace Principal. Trustee Gamson suggested that interested members of the public might seek volunteer opportunities and forms on the Township website or by call the Township Office. Supervisor Barnes suggested a blurb in the city's Highlander. Next Committee meeting is September 12.

Pantry Plants Garden Project
New pictures are posted on the website and plants are growing well.

Advisory Committee is beginning to think about who will serve next year; new volunteers will be welcomed. Grant applicants will be asked to submit in electronic form as well as one hard copy for the file. Deadline is February 1, 2012 for all grant requests.

Lake County Coordinated Transportation Services Committee (LCCTSC)
Meeting is tomorrow morning in Mundelein.

Human Relations Commission (HP)
Special meeting was held in August but Trustee Douglas was not notified; he did contact the HRC Chair to make sure he is included on the distribution of meeting notices and requested that meetings not be held in conflict with Township meetings. Supervisor Barnes met with one of the members who reported that HRC is currently looking for projects.

Community Family Center (CFC)
Fundraising efforts are at a critical stage – immediate donations are needed to make a renovated building to house CFC agencies a reality.

Unfinished Business
Trustee Moreno asked what was going on at Mooney's Cemetery and Shannon Mosier reported that there was a burial on Saturday that went well; the plot had been purchased many years ago. Someone had contacted the Township regarding the history of Daggitt; Shannon Mosier completed some research for this person who was most appreciative. Supervisor Barnes is trying to get a few trees planted at Mooney's.

New Business
Trustee Gamson suggested that the Township issue a proclamation in honor of the dedicated service that Paula Cyphers, retiring from the Senior Center of Highland Park at the end of September. Her interaction with seniors and the Township for so many years has been outstanding. Trustee Moreno suggested the Township plant a tree in her name, and the Board thought this was a wonderful idea. Supervisor Barnes will call Public Works to see if there is an opportunity with the City and report back to the Board. Supervisor Barnes will be meeting with the Mayor next week concerning Paula's replacement, hopefully with a social worker.

There is a shortage of food in the Food Pantry because the Northern Illinois Food Bank will be relocating to Geneva from North Chicago and they are temporarily not filling orders. Community members are encouraged to bring in donations.

With no further business to conduct, Trustee Moreno moved, seconded by Trustee Schechter, the meeting be adjourned at 8:39 PM. Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Ellen S. Gussin, Moraine Township Clerk


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