Moraine Township

Moraine Township Board of Trustees
Thursday, September 22, 2011 7:30 PM
Moraine Township Office

September 22, 2011

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 PM, and upon roll call the following members were present: Supervisor Mari Barnes; Trustees Dwayne Douglas, Bryna Gamson, and Margoth Moreno. Trustee Jackie Schechter and Assessor Patty Powers were absent. Also Present: Clerk Ellen Gussin, Rob Anthony, Grizell Toledo, Paula Peddle and Shannon Mosier.

Approval of Minutes
The Regular Meeting Minutes of September 8, 2011 stand approved as written and distributed.

Approval of Bills
Trustee Gamson moved, seconded by Trustee Douglas, approval of bills in the amounts of $4,095.47 for General Assistance and $28,294.74 for the Town Fund. Upon roll call, motion carried.

Agency Presentation
Community Partners for Affordable Housing (CPAH) – Rob Anthony, Executive Director, thanked the Board for its support and passed out brochures in both English and Spanish. CPAH is a non-profit organization in Highland Park which follows the Community Land Trust model to establish and preserve affordable housing in perpetuity. The buyer is able to build equity in the home, although the appreciation is capped to preserve the ability to maintain affordability. There are a total of 37 homes in Highland Park in the program, and the agency received a grant to do five more, three of which are already completed. Moraine Township funds are used for operating support, essential to keep the program going. They have been able to bring in over $5 million from outside of Highland Park, including Federal grants and private donations. CPAH also works with other cities to teach them the model and help them achieve affordable housing in their own communities. Each interested municipality needs to set up a land trust agreement. Established in 2003, CPAH has had three re-sales so far; in one case the person moved from a single family home to a condo but stayed in the program. The program has worked well in a declining economy, because depreciation is limited. Mr. Anthony gave the phone number and website of the organization and announced the agency's volunteer days. Two new homes will be available at the end of the calendar year; both have three bedrooms and will be on the market to qualified buyers for about $175,000. CPAH is developing a pilot for a lease-to-ownership program.

Assessor's Report
Assessor absent and no report submitted

Supervisor's Report
It is time to complete a 2012 calendar for Township meetings. Clerk Gussin will develop for Board approval at the next meeting; a discussion concerning trying a 5:30 PM start time for the second week of the month meeting and a 7:00 PM start time for the fourth week of the month meeting met with support for trial with agreement to revert back to the old time if this does not meet with satisfaction by the majority.

There has been discussion among other Townships to invest in public relations concerning Townships' missions and accomplishments. Moraine has been asked to consider contributing $2,000 toward this effort; Supervisor Barnes asked the Board to think about it, and she will bring it up again at the next meeting.

Supervisor Barnes and Shannon Mosier met with a landscape architect who asked if we had a topographic report. We do not; Supervisor Barnes is checking with Lake County Board Representative Anne Bassi to see if we can obtain a survey from the County if they have one. The architect suggested bringing in an arborist to evaluate the cemetery trees. There is buckthorn which needs to be removed.

Latino Advisory Committee
September 12 meeting included Interfaith Housing. The discussion included how Interfaith can assist people who need help in renting housing. Trustee Moreno suggested that Supervisor Barnes meet with Alicia de LaCruz to pursue a greater understanding of the issues and how the Township might assist. Interfaith assists both documented and undocumented individuals. They are planning workshops to assist people with a variety of issues, focusing on prevention of the problems rather than waiting until they occur.

Trustee Moreno reported that representatives from the school districts would be a most welcome addition to the Advisory Committee and asked Supervisor Barnes to help with recruiting the same. There is a volunteer form on the Township website. Next meeting will be October 10.

Pantry Plants Garden Project
Very few crops have been harvested for a variety of reasons including the fact that there are too few volunteers. There is a need for watering and supervision of the plant growth. It was also suggested that additional PR to the community might solicit public donations of anyone's extra produce from his or her garden.

Joel Carp has applied for membership on the Grant Committee, using the volunteer form on the website.

Lake County Coordinated Transportation Services Committee (LCCTSC)
On-going meetings continue toward a goal of seamless, borderless transportation throughout the County.

Human Relations Commission of HP
Trustee Douglas reported there is a meeting on October 13 at 5:30 PM which conflicts with the Township meeting at 5 PM. He will try to attend both.

Community Family Center
The Annual Meeting will be held at 9 AM on Wednesday, October 12 at Wolcott Hall at Trinity Church. The public is invited to attend.

Shannon Mosier explained how the Circuit Breaker program can help people who cannot afford the RTA transportation fees now that they have been increased for seniors.

Unfinished Business
A framed certificate in recognition of Paula Cyphers was read to the Board by Supervisor Barnes. It contains a proclamation by Moraine Township of her devoted service to the seniors of Highland Park and Moraine Township. A motion was made by Trustee Gamson, seconded by Trustee Moreno, to adopt the proclamation for presentation to Paula Cyphers tomorrow. Motion passed unanimously.

New Business
Congratulations to Supervisor and Mr. Barnes on the birth of their grandson Mason. Trustee Gamson reported that the Assessment notices will be a little later this year because the work required in the quadrennial year has taken the Assessor's Office more time to complete.

With no further business to conduct, Trustee Moreno moved, seconded by Trustee Douglas, the meeting be adjourned at 8:29 PM. Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Ellen S. Gussin, Moraine Township Clerk


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