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MINUTES
Moraine Township Board of Trustees
Thursday, October 13, 2011 5:00 PM
Moraine Township Office

MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
October 13, 2011

The meeting was called to order at 5:01 PM, and upon roll call the following members were present: Supervisor Mari Barnes; Trustees Dwayne Douglas and Bryna Gamson. Trustees Margoth Moreno and Jackie Schechter were absent. Also Present: Clerk Ellen Gussin, Grizell Toledo, Paula Peddle, Jordan Friedman, Jean Wallace Baker

Approval of Minutes
The Regular Meeting Minutes of September 22, 2011 stand approved as distributed.

Approval of Bills
Trustee Douglas moved, seconded by Trustee Gamson, approval of the bills in the amounts of $13,454.55 for General Assistance and $39,928.72 for the Town Fund for the dates of September 16-30, 2011, and $7,013.67 for General Assistance and $30,018.86 for the Town Fund for the dates of October 1-15, 2011. Upon roll call, motion carried.

Public Comment
None

Agency Presentation
Highland Park Community Nursery School & Day Care Center
Jean Wallace Baker, Executive Director, thanked the Board for its essential support used for scholarships for parents who do not qualify for government aid and cannot afford the tuition but want licensed day-care for their child. The State delayed payment for six months this past year, causing the Center to discontinue some programs. They were able to remain open with a lot of help from the community. The program provides a solid educational foundation, enabling students to do well when they enter public kindergarten. Included are units of music, art, and a visiting librarian twice per week, allowing children to borrow a variety of books. Asbestos-laden floors were fixed this summer with the help of one of their alums. There is a significant degree of diversity in their student population, which is highly valued for the balance it represents and their belief that it is in the best interest of the students' overall education. United Way funding was cut to zero this year and they do not qualify for County grants. Trustee Gamson asked Ms. Wallace Baker what the optimal dollar amount the Center might request next year for funding from the Township; she replied that their gap in funding from this year's losses totals $50,000.

Family Network
Jordan Friedman, Executive Director, thanked the Township for the significant difference it makes in the lives of its clients during this storm of uncertainty. He distributed a summary of the agency's fiscal year results and commented that the numbers are shifting from formerly middle income families to mostly Latino and low income families who often cannot afford the minimal fees. The annual fundraiser and solicitation campaign therefore experiences increasing pressure to meet funding deficits, particularly in the Parent/Child Center. The Right From the Start Program continues to grow and is the agency's largest program. It works closely with District 113 along with many other community partnerships. They are establishing more health initiatives through a grant form AstraZeneca, which are designed to fight obesity and diabetes. Financial literacy efforts have yielded important strides for families who have learned how to better save and manage their money. The After School Activity Program is still thriving but they have seen many more families that cannot afford the very nominal fee. Therefore, more scholarships are needed. Bobbie Hinden, a Family Network employee, was quoted in Chicago Tribune about how frustrating it is when parents pull their kids from the program because they are too proud to ask for money. Family Network has successfully reached out to various private moms' play groups throughout the community to offer its educational components, and social networking has proven to be an aid in communication. Mr. Friedman commented that the fruition of the Community Family Center would allow expansion of services, for which there are community needs, but at present they are having significant challenges in maintaining the programs they have due to funding gaps which run $40,000.

Glenkirk–Alan Spector, Former Executive Director was scheduled to present but did not attend.

Action Items
The proposed calendar for 2012 was adopted by the Board with changes in the meeting times to be 5:30 PM for the second week of the month and 7:00 PM for the fourth week of the month. The calendar will be published on the Township website and in the office.

Reports
Assessor's Report
None

Supervisor's Report
The Holiday Drive will be centered at the Township Office this year and all gifts will be distributed and picked up from here; the December 15, 7:30 PM regular Board meeting may therefore need to meet in the kitchen area of the Township Offices.

Cemeteries
Supervisor Barnes would like the Trustees to drive by Mooney Cemetery to see if they think the driveway needs to be repaved.

Latino Advisory Committee
The October 10 meeting focused on a continuing discussion about landlord/tenant issues. The bi-lingual committee members are going to review the information that has been translated into Spanish. Committee is still looking for new people. Committee also asked if the Township could donate more money to Interfaith Housing. Next meeting is November 7.

Pantry Plants Garden Project
Harvest is completed and no further report.

Grants
Changes have been made to the application process, which will require electronic submission.

Lake County Coordinated Transportation Services Committee (LCCTSC)
Nothing new to report.

Human Relations Commission of Highland Park
Meeting is taking place concurrent to this meeting tonight.

Community Family Center
Annual Meeting was held this week and Assistant Superintendent of District 112 spoke on the essential value of Early Childhood Education.

Unfinished Business
None

New Business
None

Adjournment
With no further business to conduct, Trustee Douglas moved, seconded by Trustee Gamson, the meeting be adjourned at 6:12 PM. Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

_______________________
Ellen S. Gussin, Moraine Township Clerk

 

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