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MINUTES
Moraine Township Board of Trustees
Thursday, April 26, 2012 6:30 PM
Moraine Township Office

MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
April 26, 2012

The meeting was called to order at 6:32 PM, and upon roll call the following members were present: Supervisor Mari Barnes; Trustees Dwayne Douglas, Bryna Gamson, and Jackie Schechter. Also Present: Clerk Ellen Gussin, Assessor Patty Powers, Janet Freed, Paula Peddle, Grizell Toledo, Shannon Mosier, Joel Carp, Mark Gilhooley, and Judy Datz. Trustee Moreno arrived before 7 PM as did Nancy Bulzoni, Kim Matthews, and Gabrielle Russo. The meeting time had been advanced to 6:30 to accommodate the presentation by the Citizen Grant Advisory Committee.

Presentation by Grants Committee
Judy Datz spoke for the committee and introduced the two members of the committee that were present – Joel Carp and Mark Gilhooley. Other members not present include Harry Crane, Wendi Ezgur, Matthew Ferrari, and Beth Olderman. Judy summarized the process employed by the Committee which after reviewing all applications received recommends awarding a total of $225,875. More information on the entire Grants process is available on the Township website, www.morainetownship.org. Trustee Gamson thanked retiring members Harry Crane, Committee Chair, and Wendi Ezgur for their contributions and highlighted the outstanding service of each of the other committee members who represent different demographics in the community. Trustee Schechter commented on how much of a pleasure it is to be able to give time and dollars to such deserving organizations. Supervisor Barnes thanked the committee for its thoughtful and thorough process. Committee member Mark Gilhooley commented on how thrilled he is to serve on the Grant Committee and how much he felt the electronic compilation of all the data streamlined the process this year. Joel Carp congratulated the Township on its singular mission to help out in this way; the State of Illinois will be short $73 million this year and will be cutting out all early childhood and day care services. Supervisor Barnes appointed and congratulated Judy Datz for her acceptance of the Chair position for the 2013-14 committee, and Judy stated that Trustees Gamson and Schechter have been wonderful to work with as co-liaisons to the Committee from the Board.

Acceptance of Minutes
The Regular Meeting Minutes of March 22, 2012 stand approved as written and distributed, with one spelling correction offered by Trustee Gamson after the meeting which has been made.

Approval of Bills
Trustee Schechter moved, seconded by Trustee Douglas, approval of the bills: $30,653.34 for Town Fund and $8,568.52 for General Assistance for the period of April 1-15, 2012. Upon roll call, motion carried.

Public Comment
None

Agency Presentation
Cancer Wellness Center
Nancy Bulzoni, Executive Director, and Kim Matthews, Psychotherapist

Ms. Bulzoni thanked the Township for its support and reported on the use of the Township's grant. The Center is involved in providing support and group programming for cancer patients. Hospitals are taking an interest in collaborative programs, and the Center is now doing outreach programs at many facilities. Ms. Matthews explained the Center's support groups offered many different constituencies – young women, men only, women only, co-ed, mixed diagnoses, and general discussion groups. Wellness programming is stressed as well. The Breast Cancer Survivorship group has grown from 8 members to 15. Post-treatment and support by psycho-therapists is more widely accepted than ever. There is a bereavement group for spouses and once or twice a year a bereavement group for other family members beyond spouses. All programs are offered free of charge. There are two Spanish speaking therapists on staff.

The Art Center
Gabrielle Russo, Executive Director

Ms. Russo explained that she was here to give her report for the past fiscal year, and apologized for not submitting a grant application for the current year, which will not happen in the future. The Township grant is used for the Center's TAC program – a jewelry making program, in which many scholarships are made possible through the grant. The number of requests has doubled and the Center now accommodates children from many different schools. They have a college graduate on staff who had formerly been an intern who offers bi-lingual skills and valuable preparatory services for exhibits. The Art Center is doing very well, having been able to pay back the City for architectural assistance, back rent, and repairs. They mail catalogs to 35,000 households throughout the area – many students are coming from Lake Forest and Lake Bluff. Scholarship dollars go to participants ranging in age from young students to seniors.

Action Items
Budget Approval
The Budget as proposed allows for up to $250,000 for Grants plus an additional $50,000 for special grants. Trustee Gamson moved, seconded by Trustee Moreno, that the budget be approved. Upon roll call, motion passed.

Grants Approval
Trustee Schechter moved, seconded by Trustee Gamson, approval of the recommendations of the Citizen Grant Advisory Committee to award a total of $225,875 in Grants for the current fiscal year. Each grantee and dollar amount was read; specific numbers are available on the Township website. Upon roll call, the motion passed unanimously.

A request to approve meeting dates for the next calendar year at the next meeting was made; this will give the agencies and opportunity to schedule their annual, in-person reports to the Township through the end of the fiscal year.

Resolution to join the Lake County Coordinated Transportation Services Committee – This is a Resolution to continue the Township's participation in this committee; Trustee Gamson has been serving on the committee since the beginning of this administration (about one year after the Committee's inception). Supervisor Barnes read the Resolution. Trustee Gamson moved, seconded by Trustee Schechter, that we adopt the Resolution. Motion passed. Supervisor Barnes asked for one of the trustees to become an alternate; Trustee Douglas volunteered to become the alternate. [Read Resolution here.]

Reports
Assessor's Report
Assessor Powers announced that the Senior Freeze forms have been mailed out; the deadline for submission is July 1, although the County does accept applications after the deadline (for those with household income of less than $55,000 who are 65 years or older and must have Senior Homestead Exemption, which one is eligible for at age 65). First installment of taxes will be due on June 6 and second installment is due September 6. All the tax information is on the Moraine Township website.

Supervisor's Report
Supervisor Barnes announced that the third van is currently listed on an on-line auction – goal is to received $10,000 and bids are now at about $4,000. Supervisor Barnes passed around a letter to the trustees asking if there was any interest in service to a Lake County Board committee.

Cemeteries
The landscape plan for Mooney's Cemetery is ready to be reviewed. Shannon Mosier has been active in overseeing the Cemetery issues.

Latino Advisory Committee
The Committee has not re-met since Paul Martinez, Chair, canceled the last meeting.

Pantry Plants Garden Project
It is close to planting time; health department will be involved again with most of the families involved last year. Additionally, the Anixter Center will have a volunteer group for the garden this year, most likely on Monday mornings at the site.

Grants
See above.

Lake County Coordinated Transportation Services Committee (LCCTSC)
See above Resolution adoption.

Human Relations Commission of Highland Park
Commission is meeting next week; they are involved with a new city-wide human services assessment project. HRC is also involved in Character Counts which had its community presentation last week and it was, as always, inspirational for its recognition of community volunteers in humanitarian achievement from young children through seniors.

Community Family Center
Nothing new to report.

Other
Supervisor Barnes recognized Janet Freed who is spearheading the community needs assessment meeting that will be meeting Saturday. Trustee Moreno commented that all of these efforts are on behalf of Highwood residents as well but unfortunately there is no participation or support from Highwood City officials.

Unfinished Business
None

New Business
Annual Meeting will be held the third Tuesday of April 2013 because of the conflict with the Consolidated Election which takes place on April 9, 2013.

Adjournment
With no further business to conduct, Trustee Moreno moved, seconded by Trustee Douglas, the meeting be adjourned at 7:58 PM. Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

_______________________
Ellen S. Gussin, Moraine Township Clerk

 

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