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MINUTES
Moraine Township Board of Trustees
Thursday, March 24, 2011 7:30 PM
Moraine Township Office

MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
March 24, 2011

Supervisor Barnes called the meeting to order at 7:33 PM, and upon roll call the following members were present: Supervisor Mari Barnes; Trustees Bryna Gamson, Margoth Moreno, and Jackie Schechter. Trustee Dwayne Douglas was absent. Also Present: Clerk Ellen Gussin, Assessor Patty Powers, Mickey Baer, Diana Gomez, Robbie Boudreau, and Janet Freed.

Approval of Minutes
The Regular Meeting Minutes of March 10, 2011 stand approved as written and distributed.

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

Public Comment
None

Agency Presentations
Mickey Baer, JCYS/George W Lutz Family Center (grant for Grand Slam Tennis Camp, the name of which is being changed to Champ Camp this coming summer.)
   Diana Gomez accompanied Ms. Baer to the meeting, who came to speak about Grand Slam Tennis Camp – Champ Camp, for which Moraine Township's grant of $8,500 was designated. JCYS operates two sites in Highland Park – the Lutz Center on Clavey Road, and the Lillian L. Lutz Recreation Center (formerly the Max Davidson) on Half Day Rd. which is currently being renovated including a new building. The organization serves people of all ethnic backgrounds. Sixty students were able to attend the camp at a 92% scholarship rate; 65 campers attended in all. Many stay on for after-camp care from 3:00 PM until 6:30 PM as needed by the families. The number of campers served was up from 45 the previous summer, and additional programs beyond tennis and swimming have been developed. Diana spoke about the results from the student surveys completed at both the beginning and end of the summer. In general, the students learned that they are capable of being healthier, exercising more, losing weight, and eating more of the right foods. The Moraine Township grant impacts the lives of 15 campers from Latino families who would not otherwise be able to attend. Camp is five weeks and coincides with the summer school schedule. Full cost of the camp was $600 and being raised to $800 this year, and they are planning on 65 campers, Monday through Friday.

Robbie Boudreau, Executive Director, Southeast Lake County Faith in Action addressed the Board. They are a not-for-profit, non-sectarian group dedicated to helping the chronically ill and disabled to remain in their homes. Moraine Township funded Faith in Action for the first time this year, and 46% of the care recipients are from the Township. Faith in Action works collaboratively with the Senior Centers, Townships, and Family Service to make sure they are not duplicating services but filling gaps. Most clients receive care once per week, but critical patients who may have had a recent stroke or illness may see caregivers more frequently. They have been able to pair together two ninety-year-old people who now get together on their own for socialization. Each situation is unique and referred to Faith in Action by the collaborative agencies they work with. They try to have consistent volunteers serve each client. Almost everyone requires social support such as taking them to the doctor or shop for groceries; they also help clients follow through with the doctor's instructions. Respite care is on the increase, and they work with Family Service to serve those in need in a fuller capacity. They also have two handymen volunteers who help people in their homes. Volunteer training is conducted monthly. There are 70 active volunteers, each providing at least 10 hours of service per month, and they hope to increase the number steadily. Volunteer sources include churches, congregations, senior centers and many other groups within the community. Ms. Boudreau has been with the organization since December of 2009, and she expressed gratitude to the greater communities serves for their generous donation of resources in terms of transportation, volunteers, and a great spirit to help.

Web addresses of all granted agencies are on line atmorainetownship.org/links.html

Action Items
Budget Approval
Supervisor Barnes reported that the completed budget has been on display in the office for the past month after the lengthy discussion at prior meetings. Trustee Schechter moved, seconded by Trustee Gamson, that the Budget be approved. Upon roll call, the Budget was passed unanimously.

Approval of Agenda for Annual Meeting, April 12, 2011
Trustee Gamson moved, seconded by Trustee Schechter, approval of the Agenda. Motion passed.

Reports
Assessor
Patty Powers reminded the Board about the Senior Freeze help day on April 29; the forms are due end of July -- gross household income to be $55,000 or less and age of seniors is 65. Books are usually closed in August but because of the abundance of work due to the quadrennial year, closing may be delayed until the end of September.

Supervisor
Supervisor Barnes announced that the Township has been asked to pass an Identity Protection Policy; she will be emailing the Board a draft for discussion.

Latino Advisory Committee
April meeting may not happen; nothing new to report.

Pantry Plants Garden Project
Supervisor Barnes is meeting with the Health Dept. next week and she has contacted last year's volunteers to encourage them to return to the program. The Highwood Mayor has not returned Trustee Schechter's three calls concerning a new site in Highwood.

Citizen Grant Advisory Committee
Trustee Gamson reported that the recommendation to the Board will be at the April 28 meeting, which will include a recommended allocation of $166,000. The Board will receive preparatory documents in advance.

Other
LCCTSC is working in committees to get out the information on the need for para-transit services within the County.

Unfinished Business
None

New Business
Clerk Gussin reported on the FOIA request received from the Better Government Association in Chicago for the payroll information of all Township employees. It was suggested that we submit the information with Job Position titles without names. The Township Office will comply with the request early next week.

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

Respectfully submitted,

_______________________
Ellen S. Gussin, Moraine Township Clerk

 

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