Moraine Township

Moraine Township Board of Trustees
Thursday, March 22, 2012 7:00 PM
Moraine Township Office

March 22, 2012

The meeting was called to order at 7:02 PM, and upon roll call the following members were present: Supervisor Mari Barnes; Trustees Bryna Gamson, Margoth Moreno, and Jackie Schechter. Also Present: Jackie Grossman, Janet Freed, Paula Peddle, Shannon Mosier and Charlie Barnes as cameraman. Trustee Dwayne Douglas was absent. Clerk Ellen Gussin was absent, and the minutes were taken by Shannon Mosier in her absence.

Approval of Minutes
The Regular Meeting Minutes of March 1, 2012 stand approved as written and distributed.

Approval of Bills
Trustee Schechter moved, seconded by Trustee Gamson, approval of the bills: $30,268.06 for Town Fund and $4,988.76 for General Assistance for the period of March 1-15, 2012. Upon roll call, motion carried.

Public Comment

Agency Presentation
Interfaith Housing Center of the Northern Suburbs
Jackie Grossman, Home Sharing Coordinator

Ms. Grossman handed out the "Just Housing" newsletter and a list of the number of foreclosures in the North Suburban area showing a total of 135 foreclosures in Highland Park/Highwood in 2011. A part of her focus as Home Sharing Coordinator with Interfaith Housing is to help provide foreclosure and other solutions through home sharing options. The home sharing program started in 1985 and matches someone who needs a room with a homeowner who for whatever reason has a room to rent. Last year Ms. Grossman put together 32 matches, five of which were in Highland Park and four of those involving women.

She interviews all renters and homeowners, looking for compatibility. Since background checks are too expensive for the agency, she places people with jobs where she can rely on those employers who do background checks before hiring. Along with extensive interviewing, personal references and proof of income are verified and home security checks are completed. The agency wants to make sure that not only are the matches successful but that single women can feel secure coming to Interfaith Housing for assistance.
The average rent per month is $500 with some exceptions. Recently an elderly homeowner desired someone to cook a few meals and his concerned, adult children wanted someone in the home to help look after their father. A rental fee of $200 was established in exchange for cooking a few meals and being there as the eyes and ears.
There are many reasons why people seek out the home sharing program for assistance. Some have experienced a job change and are relocating here from out of state leaving their spouse and kids at home until the house sells. Some are working to save toward buying their own place some day. Some need the extra income in order to keep their home.

Ms. Grossman also conducts cross cultural as well as interracial interviews. While her second language is French, she has Polish and Russian clients as well as Hispanic clients. It is hard to interview in depth and grasp the cultural needs if the interviewer does not know the language, but she will work with an interpreter. Anyone over the age of 18 may come to the Interfaith Housing Home Sharing Program and apply for assistance.

Action Items

Assessor's Report

Supervisor's Report
TOIRMA – Annually the Township pays approximately $14,000 to the Township of Illinois Risk Management Association (TOIRMA) for such items as our van insurance, building insurance, possible compensation claims, etc. This year the township received a dividend back from TOIRMA for 2012 in the amount of $1909.

Highland Park Hospital (aka NorthShore University Health System) gifted the township $4000 for extra help to anyone in need of medicine.

The Township's 10-passenger van, which was purchased from Pace when the lease ended, will be auctioned soon by a professional auction company. A reserve yet to be determined will be placed on the vehicle. The Township logo and information have been removed from the van in preparation for the sale.

This week Supervisor Barnes talked with Nancy Hannick of NLH Landscape Architects who is working on a design development for Mooney's Cemetery. Even though the weather has been unseasonably warm and pleasant, all nurseries say to hold off on planting as it IS still too early to plant in northern Illinois. Shannon Mosier gave a report on the progress of the computerizing of cemetery records and the research regarding an unreadable head stone of interest this week noting that had a readable (older) picture of the inscription on this stone.

Latino Advisory Committee
Trustee Moreno reported since only she and Paul Martinez showed up the last meeting, there was no meeting. Trustee Moreno suggested that perhaps Paul needs to start sending out reminders again. There is a need for reflectors for bicycles for those men who ride at night especially in Highwood. The committee is looking for someone to donate some reflectors. Also they would like to schedule a meeting to present in both English and Spanish the rules for bicycles on the road and possible insurance needs. Trustee Schechter was at a seminar regarding head injuries where it was stated that wearing helmets make a difference to degree of head injuries in accidents and she would recommend that bikers wear helmets. One could spend as little as $4 for a good helmet. Supervisor Barnes stated that the Township would be willing to help fund such a matter as reflectors and/or helmets.

Pantry Plants Garden Project
Our volunteer garden director Sam Piro requests a stronger or better deer fence. He recently presented this matter to the Park District which turned him down and so he asks the Township to finance the fence. Recruits are needed to help in the garden this spring and summer. Trustee Schechter said she attended a health department meeting and they are definately willing to again partner with the Township this year.

Applications were received from 20 different agencies for a total amount requested of $271,535. Trustee Gamson stated that after reviewing all of the requests, she would recommend awarding no more than $225,000. Trustee Schechter reported that the committee met twice, all applications have been reviewed and discussed. The answers to any questions were procured and presented at the second meeting. Each committee member is currently writing the summary for the agencies assigned to them and will be presenting the summaries at board meeting of April 26th. Supervisor Barnes asked that the board meeting start at 6:30 PM (instead of 7:00) on April 26th to do the grants discussion first as there will be agencies to give presentations that same evening.

Lake County Coordinated Transportation Services Committee (LCCTSC)
Trustee Gamson reported that things are moving right along, nothing particularly new to report. There are organizations to sign on. Moraine Township is signed on and active, but there are still other townships either to sign or to re-sign after being inactive for some time.

Supervisor Barnes said that Grizell Toledo was attending a Pace meeting tonight in Highwood and mentioned some of the difficulties our staff has encountered with the Pace organization regarding their lack of communication from one desk to the other.

Human Relations Commission of Highland Park
Nothing new to report, the City of Highland Park is setting up a Human Relations Committee to talk about what is being offered in the community, including Highwood.

Community Family Center
Nothing to report

Unfinished Business

New Business
It is time to sign up for the Fourth of July Parade.
The meeting of April 26th will start at 6:30 to discuss the grant requests (as discussed above).

With no further business to conduct, Trustee Moreno moved, seconded by Trustee Schechter, the meeting be adjourned at 7:34 PM. Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Ellen S. Gussin, Moraine Township Clerk with appreciation to Shannon Mosier for transcribing the minutes in her absence


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