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

MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
July 28, 2011

Supervisor Barnes called the meeting to order at 7:35 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, Alexandra Beiriger, Janet Freed, Paula Peddle and Shannon Mosier.

Acceptance of Minutes
The Regular Meeting Minutes of July 14, 2011 stand approved as written and distributed.

Approval of Bills
Trustee Douglas moved, seconded by Trustee Schechter, approval of all bills for the month of July. The totals are $6,095.39 for General Assistance and $31,920.97 for Town Fund for July 1-15, and $7,526.14 for General Assistance and $44,280.03 for Town Fund for July 16-31. Upon roll call, motion carried.

Agency Presentation
Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center, Alexandra Beiriger, Grant Manager, thanked the Board and reported that a total of 1,250 residents of Moraine Township were served by the Center through the advocacy, counseling and education programs. Advocacy is often first line of care, and a 24-hour phone service/Hot Line is operated. They also provide legal advocacy through the judicial courts. Counseling is provided at both the Gurnee office and at most Junior High and High Schools in the area. They served 19 Moraine Township residents through advocacy and counseling programs and 183 residents through the Hot Line. A variety of professional training programs are offered at the schools, hospitals and Police Departments; 937 Moraine Township students participated in training programs. Zacharias is proud to have served Moraine Township for 28 years, and looks forward to a continuing relationship. Alexandra cited an interesting example of one student who was able to recognize a sexual abuse because of the skills and vocabulary acquired through the training she had received. They also collaborate with other agencies to provide seamless services.

Reports
Assessor's Report
Assessor Patty Powers has been struggling with several personal family issues the past few months, and the Board wishes her well. She or a representative from the Assessor's Office will be at next month's meeting to give a report.

Supervisor's Report
Supervisor Barnes reported on many meetings she has attended in July: an intergovernmental meeting with Mayor Rotering; a Com Ed meeting with town leaders to see what can be done to provide better communication and service during power outages as there has been a problem in getting accurate information on timing for restoring services; the IDOT (Illinois Department of Transportation) discussion was particularly interesting concerning the problems with all the traffic lights that go out due to power outages and some so old that a generator cannot help. The conversation about power outages goes beyond seniors, because there are others who suffer from respiratory issues and food allergies that need help during these crises. Township did well-being checks to the seniors served by the Township during the power outages and high heat days. Supervisor Barnes realized that working together with the Police Department may help reach more people. Sadly, Highwood was not represented at the meeting.

The How Can I Help You brochure was translated into Spanish and Eric Falberg, Alderman of Highwood, suggested that the Highwood Police Chief might hand them out door to door because Highwood is such a small, close community.

Latino Advisory Committee
Next meeting is August 1

Pantry Plants Garden Project
Nothing new to report

Grants
Moraine Township submitted a grant request to the Healthcare Foundation of Highland Park to underwrite some of the costs of the Van program.

Lake County Coordinated Transportation Services Committee
Meetings are progressing

Human Relations Commission
Supervisor Barnes was approached to see what help might be needed; the Commission is looking for projects. The Township's Representative, Trustee Douglas, has been unable to attend due to a conflict with Township meeting dates; the Board believes there should be a dialog to change HRC meeting dates from conflicting with the Township meetings.

Community Family Center(CFC)
Clerk Gussin, the Moraine Township representative to the CFC Board, reported on the continuing effort to raise $8 million to restore the Karger Center to be able to house five agencies that are surviving in sub-standard basement conditions and would be brought together under one roof for much improved services and synergies. This will be a critical year in the effort and all listeners and community members are urged to do whatever possible to help.

Other
Talk of the Township will be at the printer next week and ready for distribution before the end of August.

Unfinished Business
None

New Business
None

Adjournment
With no further business to conduct, Trustee Moreno moved, seconded by Trustee Douglas, the meeting be adjourned at 8:16 PM. Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

_______________________
Ellen S. Gussin, Moraine Township Clerk

 

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