Moraine Township

Moraine Township Board of Trustees
Thursday, February 9, 2012 5:30 PM
Moraine Township Office

February 9, 2012

The meeting was called to order at 5:34 PM, and upon roll call the following members were present: Supervisor Mari Barnes; Trustees Bryna Gamson and Margoth Moreno. Also Present: Clerk Ellen Gussin, Micky Baer, Susan Bell, Bonnie Shlensky, Janet Freed, Shannon Mosier, Paula Peddle, and Grizell Toledo. Trustee Dwayne Douglas arrived a few minutes late, and Trustee Jackie Schechter was absent.

Approval of Minutes
The Regular Meeting Minutes of January 26, 2012 stand approved as written and distributed.

Approval of Bills
Trustee Gamson moved, seconded by Trustee Moreno, approval of the bills: $45,391.25 for Town Fund and $8,400.38 for General Assistance for the period of January 16 - 31, 2012. Upon roll call, motion carried.

Public Comment

Agency Presentations
JCYS/George W Lutz Family Center, Micky Baer, Assistant Director of North Shore Operations and Director of the Lillian L. Lutz Center
Micky Baer showed a three-minute video about Champ Camp, funded by a Lutz Board member. The Camp serves local, at-risk Latino children. Sixty-five children were served last summer with over 95% receiving funding in order to attend. Formerly named Grand Slam Tennis and Swimming Camp, the program combines exercise, including swimming and tennis, with healthy behaviors, including cooking lessons and nutrition; they partner with Nurture, another agency funded by Moraine Township, to provide the healthy lifestyles educational components. Champ Camp families get a half-price discount to the community swim program at the center, open on weekends and after-camp hours during the week. One of the goals of the program administration is to lower the staff/camper ratios (currently about 1 counselor to just over 7 campers) and they would like to reduce to 10-12 campers for two counselors. However, they have lost $35,000 of former funding and are forced to get creative to solve the deficit. The grant from Moraine Township funds scholarships, and 100% of the camper population reside in Moraine Township.

College Bound Opportunities, Susan Bell, Executive Director
Susan Bell passed out a folder of information and statistics about the program, which serves financially disadvantaged but academically motivated students by mentoring and awarding scholarships (up to $4,000 per year for four years) enabling them to attend college. Participants are 56% Latino, and 72% reside in Moraine Township with the balance in Lake Forest, Lake Bluff and Deerfield. There are 17 Highland Park, 11 Deerfield, and 2 Lake Forest High School students in the program. January starts the new class, each year, and new mentors have just taken on new students – the relationship lasts for six years – 2 years of high school and 4 years of college. The agency has recently started a post-college program for resume writing, interviewing, and job skills; they held a Jobs Fair at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management recently. Most students stay in Illinois because of the financial aid available, but several are currently out of state including one at Stanford and one at Vanderbilt. Mentors keep in touch with the students every other week. Susan Bell introduced CBO Board member Bonnie Shlensky, who reported that 96% of CBO students are on track to graduate in four years compared with the national average for first-generation college students of completion within six years.

Action Items

Assessor's Report

Supervisor's Report
Supervisor Barnes passed out a draft of the Moraine Township Code of Conduct for Public Meetings. The document is to be approved at the next meeting under Action Items. Shannon Mosier is continuing her work on entering the Mooney Cemetery records into the computer; her goal is to complete one block per month until the project is completed.

No report.

Latino Advisory Committee
Trustee Douglas reported that the committee has continued to discuss how to help those that need help with tax preparation and gain financial literacy. Trustee Douglas will re-contact Jordan Friedman at Family Network. Next meeting: Tuesday, March 13.

Pantry Plants Garden Project
No report.

Applications received were from 20 different agencies for a total amount requested of $271,535. Trustee Gamson stated that after reviewing all of the requests, she will be recommending to the committee awarding no more than $225,000.

Lake County Coordinated Transportation Services Committee (LCCTSC)
Meeting next Wednesday.

Human Relations Commission of Highland Park
Nothing new to report.

Community Family Center
CFC Meeting yesterday but nothing new to report.

Talk of the Township will be going out this month; $1,000 will be saved by cutting to four pages. It has been posted on the website, and other updates to the website were made today.

Unfinished Business
Paula Peddle is getting bids for selling the van we are no longer using.

New Business
Supervisor Barnes reported on an incident concerning the submission of a grant proposal. The agency emailed Trustee Gamson that the receptionist at Moraine Township had told the submitter that the application was past due, but further investigation, including checking the video tape at the front desk, showed the accusation to be untrue. Supervisor Barnes wanted the Board to be aware of this and will respond to the Director of the agency.

With no further business to conduct, Trustee Moreno moved, seconded by Trustee Douglas, the meeting be adjourned at 6:50 PM. Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Ellen S. Gussin, Moraine Township Clerk


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